|Swiss countryside as seen from a moving train.|
I really need to stop doing that. Although the human eye can ignore specks, drops, and reflections on windows and adapt for some of the movement and actually see the magical scene, the camera cannot. But it's so hard to resist!
After arriving in Lucerne (or Luzern) by train, we grabbed a quick lunch then hopped a cruise boat for a tour of Lake Lucerne.
|There are mountains behind that white building.|
I popped out of the cabin periodically to snap pictures of the clouds veiling the steep mountains around the lake.
The architecture in this area of Switzerland has a decidedly more German feel to it. My sister Pat explained that most of the eastern and central parts of Switzerland are more German than the area where she lives (close to Geneva), where the influence is very French.
Here's a funny thing I saw as we were disembarking from our boat.
|Seriously, dude? I've had bladder infections |
and still made it to a proper restroom.
You can do better than this.
|Bridge over the Reuss River|
Both sides of the river are flanked by gorgeous old buildings.
|The hotel des Alpes|
|The Jesuit Church at far left in this photo (with the two onion domes).|
It was here that I [knowingly] saw my first "holy relics" -- bones of a saint.
|"Bedazzling" has been around for quite some time.|
The water flowing around this barrier was so pretty -- I got a little fancy with my camera. This may be my favourite picture of the whole trip.
|f -16 | 1/30 second|
For contrast, I also took a shot on a really fast exposure.
|f-1.8 | 1/1600 second|
After this, we crossed over the river and made a rather hurried tour of the old city.
First stop: the wine market.
|Would you look at the tiling on the roof?!|
|INVITE JESUS TO YOUR NEXT PARTY!|
*Not really. Don't call them.
We were running out of time and had to hoof it to make our train, where I took this picture -- which is why I keep trying to take pictures from moving vehicles.
I was captivated by the colours and the clouds. So I blame this picture on God.
And this picture.
|The Lavaux vineyards|
This was our final evening with Pat and Ross, so we went out for a wonderful Moroccan dinner with them. On our way to dinner, the sky put on a little show.
|I call these "clouds of God."|
We enjoyed a delicious meal with more slow-cooked lamb than we could possibly consume.
It was a perfect end to a marvelous visit.