Lucerne not Lausanne

Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
Trip End Dec 22, 2007

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Monday 16th July - Thursday 19th July

Pete is going to have a break from writing this blog, he reckons he's got writers block plus holiday head so it's up to me to keep the blog going.

After visiting the city in Lausanne with drove north to Lucerne (very confusing saying these places). We arrived smack bang in the town and luckily it was quite a small town so finding the signs to the campground wasn't that hard. This campground was probably the busiest one we had been in and we were shown our campsite which was a little bit of grass in between two other tents. We were very lucky to be camped next to a beautiful Swiss couple, Roger and Andrea who were camping for the first time with their little baby boy called Robin.

The campground was also positioned across the road from Lake Lucerne and a massive park. We spent the afternoon practicing my Frisbee skills which I have improved and can actually keep the game going longer than 5 minutes without getting frustrated by it. Occasionally the odd one flies at a 90 degrees angle and this time they were heading straight for the people walking on the path, luckily I missed every time. Pete also braved the cold and went for a swim in the lake, I was a sook and decided not to.

Tuesday we walked along the lake into town. We walked across the Kapellbrücke bridge which is a medieval covered bridge on the Reuss River. It was built in 1333 and under the roof there are over 100 triangular paintings from the early 1500s that tells the story of the city's history.

We went to a Swiss bakery and bought a Greek Salad, pastries and a bread stick and sat in a nearby park against a big tree and watched the world go by. Pete wanted to play Frisbee but the park was quite crowded and my accuracy still needs some work. We walked back along the river and stopped for a while. Pete was feeling a bit fat so he went for a swim, did some push ups and sit ups to try to make himself feel better. (He then went back to camp and drank beers and ate chips). We were in bed early tonight due to a thunderstorm.

Wednesday we drove to the cable car station that takes you up to Mt Pilatus (2132metres high). We decided not to spend the money going right to the top as we were saving our $$$ for a much higher mountain in Lauterbrunnen. We got off at the first cable stop and set out to walk up to the next cable station. The track turned out to be a little more advanced than we thought with it being on a steep slope straight up the side of a mountain. We walked for 45 minutes before I really started to complain that I couldn't go any further, my shoes weren't gripping and I was too unfit. So we headed back down and caught the cable car back to the bottom and then drove out of town and had a picnic beside the lake.

We then drove to Engelberg at the base of another nearby mountain called Mt Titlis (3020metres high). We couldn't see the mountain peak for the thick cloud. We drove as far as the road would take us and then went for hike (this time not as steep) up the valley surrounded by mountains on three sides and a rushing alpine river. Waterfalls dotted the valley walls fed by melting snow from the winter.

After a big day out we were exhausted so we headed back to camp, cooked a delicious Thai Green Chicken Curry and had some laughs with our Swiss neighbours.

We started the next day with Bacon and Eggs, packed up camp and headed towards our next destination Lauterbrunnen.

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