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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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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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Rhine Falls

 
We left the Cuckoo Clock factory and traveled on….

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 through Switzerland’s and Europe’s villages

which differ so much to their Australian counterparts.

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All these villages and bridges surrounded by mountains

the likes of which I have never seen where

I have lived in Australia.

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Eventually arriving at Europe’s

largest plains waterfall (Google)

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The Rhine Falls, in mid afternoon.

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Having been on The Maid of the Mist at

Canada’s Horseshoe Falls at Niagara

I would have loved to have joined these tourists,

however, time was of the essence..

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This would have been a good spot for a photo also.

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A parting galnce at the Rhine Falls and…..

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we bade Rhine Falls

Farewell and

continued our journey

to Lucerne.

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Last week we had just arrived at…

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the Cuckoo Clock factory.

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A short walk found us at the main building,

which was designed as a huge cuckoo clock…

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 with figurines waltzing around the balcony

to mark the hour of the day.

 

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Although photos do not do it justice, I thought

the best part was being able to see

what happens behinds the scenes.

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We were given a short talk about cuckoo clocks,

which are all made from Black Forest wood, I believe…

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and shown various types of clocks…

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The clocks were beautiful, however…

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being hand-made many had price tag reflecting

the number of hours it took

to create this work of art.

rhineland_cuckoo_0089As we left the factory we reminded how far were from home.

The pointer above Shanghai points to Sydney some 16,606 kilometres.

Add another 878km via the inland route (8 hours drive),

or 1,380km along the coast road (18 hours drive) to that journey

for those of us who live in or near Melbourne.

Thank goodness for air travel.

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So!  After all that looking, listening and photographing,

in congenial surroundings, it was time…

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for a slice of Black Forest cake

before continuing on our journey.

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We left Amsterdam bound for

Germany’s Rhineland District.

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Our coach driver was still driving on the wrong side

of the road…just like everyone else.

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Trains were speeding by at speeds never seen in Australia.

And so close to the roadway.

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I have to be honest I do not know if this shot was

taken as we left Amsterdam or

while on our Rhine River Cruise.

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These houses a certainly situated on the banks

of the Rhine River.

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Finally we arrived for our lunch break at the

Cuckoo Clock Factory which makes Cuckoo Clocks

from the Black Forest wood.

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Amsterdam-4, Netherlands

 
Still in Amsterdam and just…
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had to post a picture of, what we were told

are called the ‘bicycle flats’ (background).

Thousands of bicycles are stored there each day.

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Within close proximity to the bicycle flats is

the Amsterdam Railway Station a rather grand building I thought.

And While I was no closer than this image appears,

it is apparently in better repair the

Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station.

amsterdam_irish_0453During our wanderings up popped my (potential) relatives again.

An Irish Music Bar in Amsterdam.

 If anyone does know  could you let me know if there is

a large Irish heritage contingent in Amsterdam, please?

Or is this pub just a one-off thing?

 

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Many businesses had this type of sign on exterior walls.

I don’t know what Fred’s trade is.

Is it a typewriter he is hunch over?

I thought the number my have referred to longitude.

Alas!  No!

Amsterdam is just under 5 degrees east.

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 Many buildings had these hoists at the top.

Furniture is hoisted up via these hoists due to

limited space inside.

 

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As our day drew to a close I spotted these tea cups in an  eatery.

Popped my head in and asked if I could take a photograph.

Response.

“Yes that’s okay. (pregnant pause) It will only cost 5 Euros!”

My heart nearly stopped until I saw a big wide beaming smile

and a twinkle in the eye of the girl who answered me.

Left below.

amsterdam-cheerful_0607We were footsore, or I was, so MGW and I spent

way more than 5 Euros in Illys, Amsterdam that day and

had a nice chat with friendly staff.

After the initial shock of ‘it will only cost 5 Euros‘ had worn off,

it was a really nice interlude knowing that hard-working staff

still had time for some fun with patrons.

I smile each time I see this photo and think how wonderful it would be

if the whole world was as friendly as these girls were.

A credit to Illy.

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