Swiss fondue!!

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
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Flag of Switzerland  , Lucerne,
Friday, November 30, 2012

Don't get me wrong, Switzerland is a pretty place! But its very hard to enjoy it when the weather is average and everything is so expensive. We didn't get to see all the sights we had planned, which was a bummer, but we still made the most of our time here and tried to see what we could.

A couple of really nice Americans we met in Zurich were doing a day trip to Lucerne the same day we were traveling here, so we spent some of the day with them. We had a look around Lucerne and of course ended up at the pub for drinks later that night. Was nice to have extra company :)

Swiss Fondue is AMAZING! So one night for dinner, Dan and i decide its time! Time to try the famous cheese fondue. I was like a little kid at Christmas, whereas Dan was rather scared about the experience and complaining that he was about to eat 'feet/wet dog fur'. When it came out to the table it was like looking at heaven in a pot. I pretty much downed the entire cheese pot, as Dan wasn't really a fan. I 'had' to have wine with it cause other types of drinks do funny things to your stomach...so lets just say I wasn't just happy about eating a tone of melted cheese when I left the restaurant.

Yes we brought more Swiss chocolate....We cant get enough of it (cough*it doesn't last that long*cough)

The Lion Monument is a sculpture in Lucerne that commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. Its carved into a massive rock face, it is very detailed, showing the spear sticking out of the lions back, and the defeated emotion in the lions stature. It overlooks its own pond giving a very peaceful atmosphere, that is all very fitting.

The Church of St. Leodegar is the most important church in the city, its very large with its twin needle towers that are the last surviving remnants of the earlier structure. We didn't go inside, but had a fantastic view from the outside. Another landmark that you can't miss is the chapel bridge, which is super cool with its water tower that stands in the middle of the bridge. Throughout the centuries, the tower was variably used as a prison, torture chamber, and later a municipal archive.

Disappointment of the century, we didn't get the chance to see the Swiss Alps as the weather wasn't playing ball. This is something that was high on our to do list, whether we come back to do it, I'm not sure.

A day trip from Lucerne to Interlarkin made up for this however. The train ride was something to mention in itself! Our train went all over the place. Wound around, went through and most impressively went uphill, I didn't even know that was possible on normal train tracks. The scenery was very beautiful! Mountains layered, trees sprinkled from top to bottom with white powdery snow and glistening lakes in between. Switzerland sure is amazing in the snow.
Interlarkin itself is very small, not a lot to see, but is well known for its extreme sports! As you walk around the town, in the sky are many paragliders. Something we both would have liked to experienced while we were here, if the weather was better.

The Glacier museum was really interesting, we didn't quite realise the extent of the glacial surroundings in Switzerland. The actual spot where the museum is situated was once a glacier that use to run through Lucerne. The rock that lay beneath it is still visible, which is pretty amazing and really old! We got to fool around by taking pictures of us looking like cave creatures and dwarfs as you can see haha. We now know how glaciers are formed, which we weren't totally clear about before we went, so go us! Now just to snowboard one in Austria, and we can say we have had the total experience.

Time to move onto another country we think...watch out Italy!
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