In honor of my vacation, I present to you iconic places of Paris. The top is la place de la Concorde and l’obélisque, the second is l’Arc de Triomphe, the third la cathédrale Notre-Dame and of course the famous la tour Eiffel. I I’ll be touring for the rest of the week sans laptop so look for some new posts when I return.
The painted facades of buildings in the city center are cool to see and you can make your way up to the old city wall and walk along the top, visit the towers and get a panoramic view of the city. On your way back from the old city wall stop by the lion monument (Löwendenkmal) that commemorate the death of Swiss Guards killed by a rioting mob who stormed the Tuileries Place during the French Revolution. (I had no idea about that story, so thanks Wikipedia!)
Welcome to Lucerne (or Luzern), a beautiful medieval city in Switzerland. A walk around the city center reveals classic Swiss architecture. Grab a coffee along the Reuss River and take a walk through the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) originally built in 1333 and the oldest covered bridge in Europe. The paintings inside are from the 17th century and show events in Lucerne’s history.
There are many ways to get off the mountain, you can come the way you came back to Art Goldau or you can come down the other side towards Vitznau on another train. Or you can do what I did and take that train halfway and go down via gondala to the town of Weggis, where you might spot a Rolls Royce or a Latin festival on Lake Lucerne (or Vierwaldstättersee as they locals say).
If have a little extra time to explore outside Zurich, I would suggest a trip to Rigi Kulm. Take the train to Art Goldau and walk to the Rigi Bahn mountain train. This train will take you up one side of the mountain to the peak. Admire the Alpin landscape as you pass bikers and hikers by on the train.
It’s another travel day and time for another picture of planes. This was a tandem landing with another Delta flight at JFK. We literally mirrored the plane’s flight path and touched down about the same time. I thought it was kinda cool!
If you have some free time on Sunday, I would suggest a detour to Zurich’s local mountain, Uetliberg. Take a train from Zurich HB up the mountain and take hike to the top. If you aren’t afraid of heights, climb the tower and get magnificent views of the surrounding country. You can also have a meal on top or just grab some chicken fingers, fries, and a beer (seriously.) Also, make sure your phone has gps or you will get lost on your hike down (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything…)