Suisse - The high life and the good life

Trip Start Feb 20, 2012
Trip End Aug 31, 2012

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, Lucerne,
Saturday, June 30, 2012

Breakfast was had over our map deciding what our next port of call maybe and how we would go about getting Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia (tip from JJ and Kat) before hitting Italy without too much backtracking!! We decided it was easier heading south into Switzerland then east, north and back south again!

So we made a beeline for Switzerland and Zurich. Heading south we went a bit off piste, taking us through the heart of the forest but we did come across a few gems in plenty of small villages with there massive barn conversions houses....or they might just be massive houses that look like barns. We crossed the border and were in Zurich by mid arvy. We had the intention of staying the night in Zurich but that instantly got sinbinned after they were going to charge us $60 for a night at the local campsite!! We headed to the nearest free wifi / macca's to find a new destination. Being dinnertime-ish we got a feed whilst we were at it.....$30 out of pocket later we were fed and definitely keen to head out of town (coincidently that was cheap compared to Macca's Liechenstein where a cheeseburger combo was $17.....fair to say we took advantage of the free bogs and left hastily). We did manage a stroll along Lake Zurich waterfront and a little foray around the city and it was smart.....only problem is that you have to be well minted to make the most of it.....the high life!!

Anyway we had found a nice little campsite on the shore of Lake Lucerne about an hour south of Zurich. We were greeted by a cheerfull lady who had family in New Plymouth and her son had lived in Cairns and was keen for a chat. In the end she suggested we put up the tent and head down to the lake for a swim (it was tipping 30's) but we were sceptical being a glacial lake and all but we headed down anyway.....turns out it was literally balmy ended up spending an hour or so easing around the shore while the sunset.....the good life!
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