Day 20. A Quiet Day in Luzern

Lucerne Lion Monumet

Sleep in until about 5am, can’t sleep, read a little, get ordered to go to sleep by The Navigator, that works. F…g miracle, she can fix electric faults and put people to sleep, what a versatile woman she is.

I do get up at about 8, refreshed from my enforced sleep, and have a very good in house breafast of fruit, muelsi, yogurt and a cup of good Italian coffee from the pod machine, I’d like some of this coffee back home, strong, smooth and lots of flavour,

Its clear but threatening rain when we walk to the bridge and over into the town proper. First job is the Victorinox shop to get a new band on The Navigators expensive Victorinox watch she bought in Luzern many years ago. She hardly wears it because the Apple watch has a phone, can’t do without a phone can we? The Victorinox watch people, except for one buggerise around and can’t get the band on, it cost a bit as all Victorinox stuff does so they better have if on right, the old band was perished and was about to give way so it needed to be done.

Next stop is through the Luzern shopping centre up to the Lion Monument, its a sculture in the face of a cliff designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and carved in 1821 by Lukas Ahorn to commemorate the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution defending the King of France when the revoltionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. Its pretty big being 10 metres long and 6 metres high. 760 guards were killed and 350 survived. Its a bit of a political football still.

Next stop is a shop where we buy our travel momento for the shelf where we put something from each trip, this time its a multi coloured ceramic Swiss cow. Don’t ask me the colours, theres lots of them and they are bright and some blend together for me,

Its starting to rain, next stop is a shop Genelle and I have been to before, I buy a Swiss watch, so does Liz, not expensive but good quality. Paul and Liz head to the Mechanical Museum which is around the lakes edge quite a way but the heavy rain causes them to abandon the walk, meanwhile Genelle and I case out the C&A shop where I actually buy 2 pieces of clothing. Yes folks, C&A is not an op shop, nor a Thai tailor so this is a rare event. Genelle continues shopping, its hard work but somebody has to do it. I buy a book to read, then wander the streets, a foot massage looks inviting so I indulge (too much time in Thailand!).

Overall a pretty quiet day, a restful day ready for a heavy day of travel tomorrow on trains. Luzern to Basel, change, Basel to Strassbourg, change, Strassbourg to Paris, change, Paris to Arras, stay. Next day a Somme battlefield tour, then England.

Dinner is a restaurant by the water, a lovely spot, good food, expensive but good. A good way to end our Swiss journey.

Ciao, Guten Abend from Luzern (or Lucerne) Switzerland


One thought on “Day 20. A Quiet Day in Luzern

  1. Alison says:

    I’ve got the same ordering to sleep skills except the miracle doesn’t happen.
    I’d love to see the Lucerne Lion monument … sculpture into rock ticks all my boxes for delight.


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