25.07.2013 - 25.07.2013 26 °C
When we determined that we would be going to Lucerne, my priority was to see the statue of the Lion of Lucerne. Ever since I saw the one modeled after it in Greece, I had been interested in visiting the original. Once again, I was moved by the pained, somber expression on the lion. Mark Twain described the lion as “... the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” I have to agree. We didn’t plan to stay long in Lucerne but did want to see its old quarter. Much like the other towns of Europe, the historical Swiss town was very appealing. The high heat distracted us a bit from wandering far but we enjoyed crossing a few bridges and navigating cobble-stoned streets. In particular, the Chapel Bridge, a covered bridge stemming from several centuries back, was very appealing with its painted ceiling pieces depicting Swiss legends and long stretch of fresh flowers on both sides.
We had lured Hannah out of the house with the promise of a ‘day at the lake’ so I was starting to feel guilty when we had not yet arrived at the lake by 1 PM. She says we have this habit of getting distracted in Europe by the little towns’ architecture and scenery. Guilty once again, we made our way to Lake Sempach, a very picturesque spot a few kilometers outside Lucerne. Once we got in the cool water, all was forgiven (I think) and the three of us enjoyed a wonderful swim. The rest of the time was spent picnicking and gaming (not the video kind). Families and friends were scattered on the lakefront but it still wasn’t very crowded so we felt fortunate to be able to enjoy time away from the busy tourist spots. And making the most of the country we were in, we purchased a Toblerone despite it being a no better deal than in Canada.
We arrived back at our place to find that Abby had appreciated time to herself (scarce in the last few weeks). For supper, knowing it was a faux pas, we still persevered with our strange summer tradition and had another Swiss fondue. I can have that anytime as it is so good. Even though it has been such a quick visit in this pretty country, we are glad we made the decision to come here (Moe was happy too as he received yet another pin).