Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lucerne


The following morning we were up early to head to Lucerne. Phil took the train ride as an opportunity to get in a little light reading.

He jumped straight from The Agony and the Ecstasy to War and Peace – jeez, he must be one a them smaht kids. As soon as we got off the train we headed straight for the Rosengart museum, which surprisingly turned out to be one of most interesting and thought-provoking modern art museums I’ve ever been to. The collection belonged to a Swiss art dealer and personal friend of Picasso and Paul Klee, and the art captures not only the careers of these artists but also the friendships between them and the Rosengarts. Definitely worth seeing if you get the chance.


The next attraction in Lucerne was the 14th century medieval Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge).

Boy, talk about a tourist attraction! Phil and I fit the part of the guidebook-carrying…

…photo-snapping…

…Swiss Army knife and watch perusing tourists.

It was undoubtedly impressive, and the views of the city center from the bridge were perfectly picturesque.

Heck, the whole dang city was picturesque!

Phil and I just hung out and soaked up the atmosphere for the rest of the day.

We hiked up to the Museggmauer (city wall)…

… where we had a tremendous view over Lucerne’s rooftops and the lake.

We were cold, but happy.

The day began on a train, and it ended on a train. On a train, with a pretzel. With a pretzel, on a train.

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