Thursday, May 31, 2012


After leaving Venice we headed, again in the rain, through northern Italy past Lake Como.

It looked so serene and peaceful.  

A few miles out we stopped for lunch and I thought these hats would be the perfect gift

if I knew anyone named Guido or Jurg!

The ride to Luzern was spectacular.

We went through the St. Gottard tunnel, which is 17 kilometers and the longest in the world. 
When we exited on the other side of the mountain the skies were clearing!

 When we arrived in Luzern our first stop was to see the Lion Monument and learn the story behind it.

Our tour guide, Lorenzo, gave a wonderful talk which I recorded on the following clip.
(hope this works!)

We then went to our hotel, the Hotel Astoria, which was centrally located
and a short walk to everything.

This is the lobby.
 Very minimalistic!

The rooftop lounge was exceptional.
 All glass and views!

After a quick shower we were off for a cruise of Lake Luzern!
Trish, Barb, me & Sandra
Carl, Roy & Bill
Bill frequently hid behind a camera lens.

Ann & Rosa

 We all had a great time taking pictures and enjoying the views.

 The scenery was spectacular!

Luzern is a beautiful city

We headed out for a group dinner
and show at the Stadtkeller.

Roy learned to play a new musical instrument

 and Bill learned how to yodel.

We danced the night away and thoroughly enjoyed the evening,
then headed back to our hotel over the covered bridge.

Tomorrow we're going to the top of Mt. Pilatus!

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