|River Reuss and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne. Photo credit: D. Bennett|
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We left Munich and headed toward Zurich on a train. Though we had reserved seats someone was sitting in them so we sat across from the couple instead and struck up a conversation. They were fellow travelers from Australia (Darwin) and both were recovering from horrible headaches due to their Oktoberfest drinking the night before. Meeting new people is one of the best parts of traveling. In London we made new friends at our B&B every morning as we sat and ate with other guests. In Prague we visited with other Americans staying at our hotel. In Nuremberg we chatted with Germans sitting nearby as we dined in a restaurant; one was a history buff who had lots to share. Our new Australian friends got off the train before it entered Switzerland so the four of us were able to sit together and make plans for the end of our trip.
Tony (Kathy's and my brother) has lived in Switzerland for just the past 6 months. He and his wife expect to live there for only two years so family members are flocking to visit them while they are there. Right before we got there, they were visited by a niece and her husband, a day after we left they expected three friends, and later in the week Becky's sister was expected. Whew. I guess everyone waited for September/October for a visit
Tony and Becky live in a little village about 20 minutes by train from Zurich and their apartment has a view of Lake Zurich. We didn't get to see this view of the lake with the Alps in the background while we were there, however, as it was cloudy and rainy most days.
|View of the Alps and Lake Zurich taken from their apartment. Photo taken in February 2019 by T. Kingsbury|
|Lucerne: Chapel Bridge, a pedestrian bridge over the River Reuss. It was partially burned down in the 1990s and beautifully restored.|
|Lucerne: Another view of the River Reuss|
|Lucerne: A lovely scene|
|Lucerne: Sweet street scene with my brother, Tony, and brother-in-law, Tom.|
|Lucerne: Cathedral spires. Uniquely Swiss.|
|Lake Lucerne, as viewed from a boat/ferry|
|Lake Lucerne: Aboard the boat/ferry. Out of the wind, the sun was warm. Left to right: Tom, Kathy, Anne, Tony. Photo credit: D. Bennett|
|Me looking at the scenery aboard the cogwheel railway. Photo credit: K. Kingsbury|
|A view of the scenery on the return trip|
|Don enjoying the view from the top|
|The crew at the top of Rigi Kulm|
After leaving the museum, we joined up with Tom, who had taken a train to Buhler, a small village that bears his last name. Even though it was still raining we headed out to see a few sights recommended by Rick Steves in his guide.
|Guardian Angel by Niki de Saint Phalle in the Zurich train station|
|Clock Tower of St. Peterskirche|
|Munster Brucke (Bridge) leading to Fraumunster. Still beautiful despite the rain|
|I loved the spires on buildings in Switzerland. They are more pointy than elsewhere.|
|The Black Madonna poses a mystery. For centuries people have been making pilgrimages to see her and to pray at her feet. She is claimed to have a magical aura.|
All good things come to an end. We got up at 4 AM the next morning in order to board the first train out of Oberrieden going to the Zurich airport. By the time we got home at 4 PM with the time change we had been awake for nearly 24 hours. But look who greeted us when we got home. It is always good to come home.
|Ian modeling his new shirt, which we hope says "Mountain climber"|
It was lovely to end the trip with family and I am so grateful to my brother and sister-in-law to make room for us and to make our visit so comfortable. It was fun sharing the adventure with my sister and brother-in-law. We now have shared memories that will be fodder for stories in the future. I'm already trying to figure out how I can work in a trip with my younger sister in the future. Where shall we go? Maybe a sisters only trip? We'll see.
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