My second favourite travel destination
06.01.2013 - 08.01.2013 0 °C
When we arrived in Lucerne on Sunday morning we headed straight for a Starbucks so that Renae could chat to her family while Gav was visiting them with his Apple products and 3G. After about an hour there and two of the biggest coffees I have ever seen (beaten only by a large one I ordered one night in Saskatoon before spending the next 24 hours wide awake!) we headed out to find our hotel, which was luckily within walking distance. After checking in we headed to the river to take photos of the beautiful old bridges (most importantly the Chapel Bridge) and to walk up to the Lion Monument.
It didn't take me long to remember why I liked Lucerne last time we came here. It has a real charm and is a lot quieter than the other cities we have been to on this trip, making it a peaceful place to wander through. I particularly enjoy the Old Town, where lots of the buildings are painted in pastel colours and have gorgeous little balconies and shutters. We spent the afternoon sightseeing before heading back to our hotel to rest and then went back to an English pub right in front of the Chapel Bridge for dinner.
We had really wanted to spend Monday going up Mt Pilatus and seeing some snow but after looking into it and realising that on an overcast day (which it was) you don't get a view, and because there hadn't been enough snow up there this season they weren't allowing people to toboggan down (which is what we were most excited about), so we decided to spend the day relaxing in town again and headed out to look at the shops and have a coffee while we read our books and people watched. There really isn't too much to tell about our day in Lucerne, except that I was excited to get a chance to use some German, we were surprised by how expensive everything was, we oohed and aahed over every little building we saw, and we ended up at a Burger King for dinner - not particularly authentic but at least an easy meal!
This morning we have been quite proud of our clever little selves as we had been given train times by our travel agent and knew that we only had a 15 minute change over time in Zurich, so we did a bit of research, found out there was an earlier local train that would give us 45 minutes, and took that one instead. All up our travelling time today will be 10 hours so we also stopped at a bakery and got some snacks for the trip. We had been seeing these sweet looking pull apart buns in the windows of all the bakeries here and they have all had a golden paper crown sitting on top of them, which has intrigued is a lot. The German word for it translated to King Cake and this morning when we got one the lady explained that they only have them at this time of year and in one of the pull of sections they have a little plastic king toy and if you get that section then you get to wear the crown As we were travelling this morning we ate it and I took a big bite into the kings head and therefore not only won the game but also need to go see a dentist when I get back
So right now it is 3pm and we are half way to Vienna. This will be our last train trip of the holiday as we catch our plane home on Sunday afternoon and arrive back in Aus on the Tuesday. I'm really looking forward to Vienna and we are really hopeful that it will snow while we are there!! Looking forward to seeing you all in a week, until then, hope you are all well