Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

We had half an hour for a refreshment break before we were called forward to board a traction train which serves the steepest cogwheel railway in the world with an incredible ascent gradient of 48%. Even though this took us most of the way up the 2132 metre mountain,...
A View Of Lake Lucerne

A View Of Lake Lucerne

Yesterday, we journeyed by tram from the Unterriet at Opfiken Glattbrugg, to Zurich, and thence by train on a 45 minute ride to Lucerne in the company of a charming and conversational commuter.  He told us that he made this journey each day after having first made a...
Galleria Umberto

Galleria Umberto

“The rays of the early morning sun swept through the windows of our bedroom onto our pillows as the dawn chorus of the myriad swallows awoke us from our slumber.” That might be a reasonable way to open a new chapter but would be factually incorrect for various...
Archeological Museum

Archeological Museum

Following lunch we continued our tourist route to an even larger, more spectacular museum and the afternoon was mainly spent being overwhelmed by the endless exhibits of this enormous, incredible museum which had been comissioned around 1738, but which had actually...
The Journey From Zurich To Naples

The Journey From Zurich To Naples

When I was a young boy I visited a church at Cranleigh in Surrey and there on one wall was a grinning cat carved from stone. My mother then informed me that it was the original Cheshire cat from Lewis Carroll’s book “Alice in Wonderland”. He used to frequent the...
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