THURSDAY’S SPECIAL-0405_Serene

I’m not sure if we are to take one word

each week of the month, however,

this week I have chosen Serene. 

After climbing to the top of Mount Rigi

what better way to return to Lucerne

than via a very serene cruise.

We were able to observe the locals and tourists alike…

enjoying the pleasures of the Lake

on a sunny summer day.

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Thursday’s Special: Serene

Weekly Photo Challenge-Wanderlust

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Wanderlust

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Some previously unpublished photos

from some of the cities we visited

during our travels last September.
Brugges or is it Bruge?

I m never sure and would love to hear/see

how locals spell the name.

No visit to Amsterdam would be complete

without visiting a diamond cutting factory.



Rhineland-Black Forest region.

Vienna.

Florence

Lucerne

Salzburg

Finally, Venice.

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Last week I left this journey as we reached

the end of our train trip at almost the top of

Mt Rigi, in Switzerland.

This week I have jumped to the very top of Mt Rigi…

mainly because the walk up was leaving me

a little breathless, although it was nice

to see some of the younger generations

fall behind me…

 Mt Rigi is almost surrounded by three lakes; namely,

Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug and Lake Lauerz.

After a few minutes at the top it was time to retrace our steps…

which I though would be a slower journey

as my knees do no like walking down stairs/hills etc.

It was slower, but it also gave me time to take a few shots.

About half way and still well above the kiosk, on the right,

with the train terminal further down in the middle background.

Mt Rigi kiosk.

This group is just beginning their trek up to the pinnacle…

while we had jostled for our seats on the train

before departing Mt Rigi for a comfortable cruise,

on Lake Lucerne, back to Lucerne.

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In Lucerne again this week and more

of a ride than a walk.

After we visited the Lucerne Lion…

(More about the Lucerne Lion, here)

we were back on our coach for a short drive

to a rail line to take us to the top of Mt Rigi.

Mt Rigi is 1798 metres above sea level,

a bit shorter than Australia’s highest mountain,

Mt Kosciuszko which stands 2,228 metres.

However, I have never been to the top

of Mt Kosciuszko.

We drove past architecture not seen Down Under…

until we were finally on our train ride up Mt Rigi.

I thought I had my camera level but

this shot says otherwise, I think.

 

The ride seemed so step and the dairy cows also

seemed to have two short legs enabling them

to stand level on this steep terrain.

Finally we arrived at the end of  our journey.

The final 200 or so metres was by

the not so reliable (these days)

Shanks’ Pony.

However I did make it to the top.

Images to follow next week.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Side-Views

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My contribution for this week’s

Side Views

My side views are from Lucerne.

I don’t remember the day being that hot…

but there were many people and vessels…

on Lake Lucerne as we cruised back…

from our journey up Mt Rigi.

Some swans were hugging the shore line.

And an almost side view of the famous covered

wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.

Tuesday this week, I completed listening to Song of the Bellbirds,

a light story about an Australian girl who studies opera in Vienna.

She is taken on an outing to Lucerne and walks across this bridge.

Her husband was translating the inscriptions under the cover of the bridge.

I found myself wishing he had been with us when we crossed over.

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Week 78

Monument

Before our visit I had not heard of

The Lion of Lucerne

Also as the Lion Monument it is a memorial

located in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The monument, features a dying lion, is a rock relief carved

into the cliff face of a former sandstone quarry.

Created in the early part of the 19th century,

the purpose of the Lion of Lucerne was to

commemorate the Swiss Guards who lost their lives

in 1792 during the French Revolution.

Although I did take the photos,

I had forgotten the story behind the Lion of Lucerne.

Hence nearly all of the above information

came from another website this week.

Please click anywhere along here

to continue reading

The Lucerne Lion

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Pic and a Word Challenge: 78 Monument

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Lucerne

 
Recently I completed a book titled

Song of the Bellbirds

written by an Australian author

Anne McCullagh Rennie.

Song of the Bellbirds follows the fortunes of a

young Australian Singer who wins a scholarship

to study Opera in Vienna.

One day her European born husband takes her to Lucerne…

and they wander across the Chapel Bridge.

As they walk arm in arm they admire the craftsmanship

taken to build the bridge…

and the Austrian husband translates all these writings

under the bridge’s roof for our Aussie Diva.

Just wish he was there when we were.

As you may have noticed the outside of the bridge

was covered with flowers in September…

and there was even room for a busker to

entertain tourists and locals alike.

So, not a long walk this week but one

I will remember for a very long time.

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