Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Central Europe Days 6-8: Como, Lucerne, and Heidelberg

Finally! Life has been a little chaos lately, but I'm getting around to writing about the last part of our trip...the last few days went by the fastest...but in my opinion, they were definitely the prettiest!

Day 6
I think I was more in awe of our planet on this day and the next than on any other days. We drove from Venice through Verona (hello, Romeo and Juliet) and Milan onto Como.

Now I didn't have any expectations really for Lago di Como (Lake Como) because I didn't know much about it. The only thing I knew going in was that George Clooney owned a house there...

...but I learned that it was an incredibly gorgeous Italian lake area with the swankiest little towns and villas.

There's a town on Lake Como called Bellagio...which inspired the Bellagio resort I've stayed at in Las Vegas. Obviously an American hotel doesn't compare to the real European town...but I definitely see what the fascination is all about with the Italian elegance and charm. A lot of what I saw in the hotel makes more sense now having seen Lake Como.

We spent a lot of our time just sitting at the edge of the lake and enjoying the scenery...including watching seaplanes take off and land. (Also, my husband may or may not have swam in Lake Como.) I really don't have many pictures from Como because I was really trying to just take it all in. Just know that, like I said, it was gorgeous.

After Como, we headed for the Swiss border. Now I haven't seen the entire world, but I've seen a lot of beautiful places in my life...and so far, I think God did his best work in Switzerland. :)

Our little Swiss B&B in Melchtal.

The view from one of the balconies at the hotel. There were no phones in the rooms, minimal technology in the place (except for a really expensive ice cream machine), home-cooked meals, antique keys (no room card!), and you just felt like you were staying at your Swiss grandmother's house. This place was very minimalist & I loved it.

We went hiking after dinner because it didn't get dark until really late (this picture was probably taken at least close to 8pm or so). We followed some trails and the scenery was incredible...including some waterfalls we found.

Day 7
The next day, we drove into Lucerne and did some sightseeing around town.

First stop: the Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument)...a dying lion which honors members of the Swiss Army that died in the French Revolution defending the French royal family.

In A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain called the Lion of Lucerne the "most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."

Lucerne is just a really pretty lake town...Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne) is so clear and tranquil.

We walked across the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge). The symbol of Lucerne, it's the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. Part of the bridge has been restored due to a fire in 1993...but it was originally built in 1333.  

We visited several little Swiss confectionery shops. Bachmann had this chocolate wall that was mouth-watering. Another one of the shops was called Heini and this very mature American just couldn't take that sweets shop seriously. But I digress.

We went to a grocery store and bought a few different foods/snacks for a picnic-type lunch then walked down and enjoyed it while sitting on these steps along the edge of Lake Lucerne. (Also, my husband may or may not have also swam in Lake Lucerne.) The scenery was so peaceful and enjoyable...especially with the perfect weather and the Swiss Alpine background.

After lunch, we took a boat from Lucerne to Weggis...

...where we took the oldest cogway in Europe to Rigi Kulm.

I mean...breathtaking!

Mount Rigi is known as the Queen of the Mountains.

I love my husband. :)

Swiss're absolutely incredible & some of God's best handiwork.

We took the cogway back down part of the mountain and then took a cable car the rest of the way down. (How many modes of transportation can one take in a day?) We absolutely loved and enjoyed Switzerland.

Day 8
On our last day we made our way past Zürich towards Schaffhausen, which is the home of IWC watches and also home to one of Garmin's two headquarters (the other being in Kansas, USA).

We stopped at nearby Rheinfall (Rhine Falls), the largest plain waterfall in Europe.

And then we made our way back to Germany through the Black Forest (yes, we had cake)...and finally onto Heidelberg...

We toured the Schloss Heidelberger (Heidelberg Castle)...

...where the largest wine barrel in the world is located.

The castle ruins looks over the old town section of Heidelberg.

We finished touring the castle and walked down to the city where we explored around a little bit until dinner...then we hung out with our friends until time to pack up. The next morning, we headed to Frankfurt and boarded a very long flight back to Atlanta.

If you missed the rest of the trip...

To see Days 1-3: Munich, click here.

To see Days 4-5: Innsbruck & Venice, click here.

Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland...Check!

We had an incredible trip...we saw and learned so much...we had so many new & amazing experiences...we spent quality time together...and we're ready to go back across the pond. :)

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