Saturday, May 9, 2009

Greetings from Luzern, Switzerland.

Amazing scenery here, much image processing to do upon returning to London. The rail and cable car ride to the top of the second highest mountain here was spectacular indeed. An hour was simply not enough time to soak it all in. Hopefully I can stitch together a a few good panoramas. We have indulged in some Swiss chocolate (the Jack Daniels block has real JD in it, superb! Quilly, yours in on the way :) Our chalet has a great view of the alps, a church bell rings nearby and almost as loud are the cow bells. All a bit surreal.

Amsterdam was fun again, would love to spend more time there. Again missed out on the Van Gogh Museum and Heinekin tour, such is life when traveling on limited time. Hotels have been comfortable, food good too. Enjoyed the hospitality of a German at our hotel bar after Köln. Many an Australian story swapped. Köln was just a short stop, the cathedral was impressive, but it's a pretty modern and shopping oriented town it seems. Might have needed to see other parts. Our Rhine River cruise was fabulous. We had our own little Shanghai/Tokyo on board, so lots of ignorant pushing in and general rudeness. A surprise was the level of flatulance from our Japanese friends, quite astonishing. Their demeanour suggests we imagined it, but I assure you we didn't. (Just on that, the number of Ausfahrt signs around these parts is no end of amusement to Beth, so expect a few photos of those later on...)

Stopped for lunch yesterday at a cuckoo clock shop in the Black Forest. Another amazing area to drive through, trickling brooks and obviously, forest. Called black because of the lack of light when walking through, thanks to the canopy of trees. Though I did notice many of the trees were dark in colour, so i'll leave it up to you.

Have taken out a mortgage to do many of the not-included excursions in Roma, Sorrento and Paris. Our tour guide wisely said, "Time lets you make money, but money doesn't let you make time." Many more amaying sights to see, will hopefully blog again soon.

I'm having a wonderful time seeing this part of the world with my girl by my side, I'm a lucky man :)

Auf Wiedersehen! (I know that's German, but 70% of Swiss speak Swiss-German, so there)

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