Lucern Switzerland

Trip Start Oct 18, 2006
Trip End Oct 19, 2007

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Taking the train from Lausanne early on a Saturday morning l arrived to the small city of Lucerne in central Switzerland after a spectacular train ride through the snowy fields and Alps of Switzerland. It was a cold and foggy day so l didn't see Lucerne in all its beauty and under the shadow of Mt Pilatus. I however enjoyed strolling around the Old Town for a couple of hours and crossing over the famous Chapel Bridge and looking up at the 17th century paintings illustrating scenes of Swiss and local history. I also crossed over the Water Tower which is Lucerne's trademark and the most photographed monument in Switzerland whilst viewing the water spikes...which are lowered or withdrawn by hand into the water to regulate water level. A little cold after standing near the  icy water of the river Reuss for to long, l took a long walk through Lucerne's most loveliest Old Town Squares, passing historical, fresco painted buildings bordering the old city on the right bank. My favorite squares included Weinmarkt, Hirschenplatz and the particularly lovely Kornmarkt square which features the Italian Renaissance style Town Hall and beautifully painted Pfistern guildhall. I then made my way out of the Old Town...stopping by a couple of shops of course on the way...the town was buzzing with Saturday shoppers and was particularly busy due to a bike market taking place, where everyman and his dog seemed to be buying really old antique looking bikes. I headed out of town to the incredible Lion Monument, where l sat and ears dropped on a English tour which described the monument of "The dying Lion of Lucerne" as one of the worlds most famous monuments. I had never heard of it before researching Lucerne, but was immediately struck by its ply on humanity. Globetrotter Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as "the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world." It was hewn out of natural rock in memory of the heroic death of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries (French War) in 1792. I sat for as long as l could by the little pond in front of the monument contemplating life....but l couldn't stay melancholy for too long...l had a train to catch to Zurich.
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