The Lion Sleeps Tonight

The lakeside city of Lucerne is compact and easy to navigate on foot. The dominant feature is the extensive lake, misty today with the mountains barely visible.

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The Dying Lion of Lucerne was carved in 1792 into the rock beside a tranquil pool to commemorate the Swiss Guards killed in the French Revolution. Mark Twain described it as “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world”. Mio marito thought it was sentimental trash. But look at the lion’s little face…!

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The wooden Chapel Bridge with its octagonal water tower is rumoured to be the most photographed view in Switzerland. Built in the 14th century as part of the city’s defences, it has a series of 17th century paintings under its roof, though many were destroyed by fire in 1993; blackened timbers are still in evidence. In the squares of the Old Town the buildings have richly painted facades. It is rather like being in a Hans Anderson fairy tale!

The Needle Dam, constructed in the 19th century, manually regulates the water level of the lake by raising or lowering the wooden “needles”. We climbed to the ancient ramparts with its 9 towers, all of which was largely intact.

This man is no Banksy!

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5 thoughts on “The Lion Sleeps Tonight

  1. Flora Marriott

    You’ve mastered photos on the blog and everything. Most awesome! It’s lovely that you are staying in Lucerne for a couple of nights. If you are interested in reading up on life in Switzerland, there is a wonderful website written by an English expat, which has lots of fascinating posts about the country. http://www.dicconbewes.com/category/swiss-life/

    You escaped from the UK just in time – the weather is truly foul and really arctic. I’m assuming you’ll continue your drive south on the E35 through Lugano etc? If you make a side trip to Locarno (very nice little town), then I’d recommend this hotel to stay with. Simple, spotless, with a lovely breakfast, and handy for strolling into the old town, but with good parking. If you have a few hours to spare, make a side trip up the Valle Maggia – it’s beautiful. On the way down, Bellizona is also an interesting town to amble through.

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  2. Bev

    ” the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world” – that’s no way to describe Tezza in the morning!

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