Luzern - absolutely delightful

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 16, 2011

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Flag of Switzerland  , Luzern,
Saturday, August 7, 2010

Well, everyone should, and does, go to Luzern!  I totally love Luzern (Lucerne) and I totally understand why Simon lives there.  Let me start by saying that he most definitely has the best apartment in the whole of Switzerland.  It is situated in an historic building above a restaurant on the river. Situated with the best view of the old bridges and the cathedral.  His Terrace is massive and could probably fit about 30 people or more on it.  The interiors are historically protected and I haven't posted any photos of these because they didn't turn out that well.  But wood panelled walls with hidden cupboards and gilt gold carved details, parquetry floors and modern kitchen and bathroom kinda describes it pretty well.  He is looking for a flat mate at present which is proving difficult due to many people just applying to be nosey.  George and I went to the flea market on Saturday morning and picked up a picture frame and a old dolls pram and a little cast shoe to add as presents for the apartment.  The purchase of the shoe, was a bit of a mistake but makes a pretty amusing story I suppose.  George decided to look for a little brass shoe that she had seen about a year ago at a particular stall.  On seeing it she quickly says to me "Kim go ask how much he wants for it, I asked a year ago and he wanted 100 CHF for it" "Ok" says I and I find out he wants 50 CHF for it. On reporting back to George she asks me to buy it for 40 CHF, I am not sure about this so I say I should offer 35 CHF if I want it for 40CHF and will she have it for 45 CHF if he insists?  She says yes.  I offer the man 35CHF and he says yes but must have miss understood as he is waiting for more money when it is me who wants change. We haggle the difference and I make the deal for 40 CHF which he seems a little disappointed with but resigned to.  On retuning to George she takes it out and has a look but is shocked to see that it is actually not the one she thought it was from 1 year ago after all and it is not nearly as nice.  I tell her he probably had a whole pile of little shoes back at home and puts one out every week.  (This does not of course make her feel better about the acquisition).  We spend time wandering the streets and taking photos.  We have lunch at a plaza cafe.  15 CHF for a ham cheese and pineapple toasty (1 CHF = 1.05 AUD).  I order a vege lasagne, it is sloppy and cheesy and tastes like Australian cafeteria food which is basicially anything cheap, tasteless, produced in bulk and premade.  16 CHF plus a coffee 4.5 CHF thanks very much.
Later Simon take us for a drink in the roof top bar which is in the Hotel Monopol, as per usual, plagued by wasps.  It's actually a nice bar with a great surrounding view and the staff were pretty nice, I ordered a Mojito for 15 CHF, luckily I only needed one.  We ended up catching the train back to Zug for the night and returning late the next day after a huge sleep in, a bit of time talking to family back home on line and a massive eggs and beans on toast breakfast a la George and Simon.  Sunday saw us go to the art gallery, Sammlung Rosengart Collection which houses probably the best collection of Picasso's I've come across yet, also has Klee and a few pieces from other artists such as Cezanne, Monet, Matisse, Chagal, and Renoir.  At 18 CHF it's a bit expensive, it's not a huge collection but there is definitely quality.  We take a walk to see the Kultur und Kongresszentrum building which is a huge contemporary building for the arts.  Out the front a dance floor is set up with couples having a tango milonga.  I watch for a while but the crowds are too great to see very well.  All 3 of us take a million photos of the building and anything that looks of interest.  On the way back we pop into the Cathedral for a look and also go for a walk up the hill to the Museggmauer (City Wall). It's a medieval wall with watch towers and some decent views.  Evening brings a glass of bubbles on Simon's terrace and then a home cooked meal thanks to Simon.
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