Swiss Alps and Chocolates

Trip Start Oct 29, 2012
Trip End Nov 27, 2012

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Flag of Switzerland  , Zurich,
Monday, November 19, 2012

After leaving Munich at 12:30pm we take the train to Zurich. A 4 hour trip, we stock up on food and comforts as we board our cabin. We get a great view of the German and Swiss countryside as the trains takes us to the rim of the Bavaria Alps and the Black Forest. The Swiss side offers greater views of small towns and the unique ^ shaped roofed houses. Snow is forecast for northern Switzerland later in the week which sounds exciting.

After periods of sleep, eating, listening to music and walking about the carriage, we make it into Zurich on time. The weather of course is cool but al least a little warmer than the -3 we left behind in Munich. An Italian meal, of pasta warms us up and gives us some much needed carbs to go window shopping later; although this is mostly for Swiss chocolate. It will be interesting to make a comparison of each country's chocolate offerings. Although German, Austrian, Danish and even Scottish chocolate was ok, Belgian wins hands down. Lets see if Swiss can knock it off.

We get our train tickets to Lucerne for tomorrow and hit the bed after another hard day acting as tourist.

Day kicks off again with the dreaded continental breakfast!! It would be fair to say that my fussy food habits have been pushed to breaking point since hitting Continental Europe. Rye bread as thick as a brick, cold meat, unusual juices, biscuits and sweet pastries is not my idea of breakfast. The only hot food is a bunch of hard boiled eggs. Few if any hotel has a toaster as toast is not really on their breakfast menu. So at the risk of throwing a hard boiled egg at the waiter (who doesn't know how to poach an egg) I go back to the room leaving Michelle to enjoy her breakfast. Her flexibility with food and enjoyment in savoring the many 'different' offerings is a great bonus as it means she can now eat lunch and dinner, as they serve the same stuff at those times as well. Aaarrgghhhh!!!!

Our 45 minute rail trip to Lucerne, the foot of the Alps, is undertaken on a very cold and foggy day. Upon arrival we head for the number one tourist attraction: Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge). Claimed to be Europe's oldest bridge, it was constructed in the 14th century as part of the city's fortification. Paintings were added in the 17th century that illustrate scenes of local Swiss life and of their patron saints. A great walk across the bridge leads us to Mecca!!

Mecca in this case being an English Pub. Although it's lunch time I order the greasiest English breakfast one could find. After days of poor breakfast deals (see my whinge above) I had indeed found the Holy Land.

Adjoining the Chapel Bridge is Lucerne's most well known landmark the Waaserturm Water Tower. Built in 1300 is was previously used as a prison, torture chamber, treasury and archives. It is the most photographed monument in Switzerland. Other photo opportunities for us McClure the Jesuit Church and the Franciscan Church. We spend most of our time in the Old City Square where there is a myriad of small lanes and side streets full of coffee houses and good shopping. The historical fresco painted buildings bordering the old city are amazing to view and marvel at the workmanship that has gone into producing these.

With temperatures dropping and fog settling we decide to make for the afternoon train back to Zurich happy that we made it to this beautiful town. Our only disappointment was the level of fog that hindered any hope we had of getting some fantastic views of the mountains that surround the town. Oh well
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