An Irish Weekend in German-Switzerland
Trip Start Jan 18, 2011
18Trip End May 03, 2011
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The second leg of my trip was a train to Luzern! I spent Friday and Saturday night with Aine! Aine was my counselor on The Irish Way back in 2007. She is working in Luzern and has a marvelous apartment in the city. It was really really great to see her and catch-up/reminisce about Ireland. Friday night we went out (which included an Irish bar named Gracies and some Guiness!) and I got to meet some of her friends. Saturday I got a tour of her office building (which is an AMAZING office) We hung out on the balcony of the office which overlooks Lake Luzern and the surrounding mountains.
Saturday afternoon we decided to venture to the top of Mount Pilatus. The mountain is 7,000 ft. tall and you can take a gondola ride all the way to the top....so we did it! Please note: the ensuing story is VERY un-Swiss. So, we bought our tickets and the man at the ticket wondow warned us that we would be on the last gondola up to the top so we would only be able to spend 5 minutes at the very top. We decided that was fine and took the gondola for about 20 minutes up the mountain. At that time we had to switch gondolas in order to continue to the top. A man at the station told us if we took a gondola further up we would have to spend the night at the top of the mountain, as we would miss the last gondola down
The view from the top of Mt. Pilatus is absolutely breathtaking. Really, really beautiful. No altitude sickness to report of either! I am including pictures in this post but they barely even do it any justice. So glad we were able to go all the way to the top. Afterward, we went back to Aine's apartment and she made really yummy risoto and we just spent the night relaxing. Sunday morning, I made omletes and we had a big breakfast followed by a walk around Luzern. Luzern is a great city. Small, but with lots of charm and character. I really enjoyed my time there!
So now its back to reality- lots of research to read through and I need to prepare for my two interviews this week! Wednesday morning I leave for Rome!!
Best wishes and lots of love to all, thank you for reading XO