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Our train ride up Switzerland’s…

Mt Rigi…

…did not take us to the apex.

There were two fairly steep walks left to attain

the full 1,798 metre height of the mountain.

While I did not hurry there were

spectacular views as we walked up.

 

 

Upon arriving at the summit the views…

 

of Lake Lucerne we equally…

…breathtaking.

 

 

 

After ten or fifteen minutes it was time

to return to the gift shop level.

The walk back seemed more difficult

than the walk up, thanks to a football injury

to my knee in the early 1970s.

Definitely worth the effort though.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Apex

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Zenith

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zenith
the time at which something is most powerful or successful.
synonyms:
highest point, high point

To reach the zenith of Lucerne’s Mt Rigi 

required a train ride up a very steep gradient.

Upon reaching the zenith of the rain ride…

 

 

…there were two shortish walk up more steep gradient.

However, the views over Lake Lucerne

made the walk worth the effort.

 

 

No, I did not climb to the highest point attainable…

…mainly because the walk back appeared

more difficult than the walk up.

If you have never made this journey,

the train station is the small building

roughly centre background.

Naturally to make it to the top and back again

one needs to walk past the souvenir/coffee shop.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Zenith

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My first photo is of Mount Elephant….

a volcanic cone,

one of the many in Western Victoria.

I have never been to the top of Mt Elephant

but driven past it hundreds of times in my life.

From the top of Mt Rigi

overlooking Lake Lucerne.

from Grouse Mountain,

Vancouver, Canada.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Top-of-the-Hill

Weekly Photo Challenge-Ascend

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Ascend

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To be able to admire this view…

we had to…

ascend the Spiral Staircase in the Vatican.

 

In Lucerne we ascended Mt Rigi…


via a tourist train.

I thought the train was taking us to the top. 

However, we had to ascend/walk this path before…

This was taken about half way up/down. 

The rail journey ended at that building on the left.

 

we were able to take in the beautiful views…


from the top of Mt Rigi. 

 at the top, I had a brief meeting with my knees.

They declined the offer to ascend

this viewing platform citing the return journey

was going to be more precarious

than walking up to the top.

As always they were correct!

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Leaving Lucerne we journeyed on to Salzburg.

The Salzburg Bridge which is…

covered with locks was one of the first attraction

we were guided to during our walk.

There is a similar (roughly) pedestrian bridge in Melbourne,

where the locks are being removed for safety (weight) reasons.

Across the bridge is a hotel the likes of which

I have not seen in Australia.

Then on to some o the narrow lane ways and streets

where all merchants have nice signs or symbols

of their trade hanging outside their premises.

  Although language was proving a bit of a barrier

one of these signs appears to be the same

all over the world.

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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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