14.05.2014 - 15.05.2014 15 °C
Well, we need to catch up ith our trip the past couple of days. First our stop in Lucerne, Switzerland, a small community that you may have seen future recently on the Amazing Race TV show. Yes, the city looks just like it did on TV, including the Chapel Bridge and the Schwezerhof Hotel in the Town Square.
We also stopped at the Lion of Lucerne which is a memorial to the Swiss Army that Mark Twain described as the most mournful statue in the world. We would agree.
Our weather record was somewhat blemished today with cloudy skies and some rain. We have been so very lucky with the weather. The only bad rain has been while we have been on the coach.
Our hotel stop today was something totally unique, a stay in what was previously the town jail. Yes, the hotel has kept the original jail and converted the cells to rooms. The heavy cell doors are still intact. And yes, this is a spartan room, two beds with foamies, a metal sink, toilet, two lights and a shower. Easy housekeeping duties at this hotel!
After a quick stop to check out the Swiss watches and Swiss Army knives the group was off for a cruise on Lake Lucerne. While the weather was not totally cooperative the group saw some amazing sights of the surrounding mountains. One of our students, Jodie was even able to captain the ship for a time.
For two of the instructors not on the cruise it was a chance to meet with a grad, Raphi Strub, from last years' TVT class who was born in Lucerne and is now employed at the Swiss Museum of Transport.
Our evening dinner was not at the jail, which we were told was a good thing. We dined at an Asian fondue house on a variety of schnitzel, wurst, spatzle, rosti, and Mac & Cheese in a fondue pot. The Asian part? Orange slices for desert.
Some of the group ventured out for a chocolate fondue desert, described as the most amazing delicious taste EVER!
After surviving the jail we headed out of Lucerne and towards our last country on the itinerary, France. Our first stop was at Contiki's Chateau de la Cruix. The Contiki team was there with their enthusiastic welcome. As we were not staying overnight at the Chateau they went above and beyond to take us on a full tour of the facility, including the kitchen and the bedrooms. We learned about the history of the chateau while taking in the outstanding views of the vineyards. We headed over for a private wine tasting of the Beaujolis wines grown on the ground of the Chateau. After a spread of local food, baguettes, chesses and meats we were off for our overnight stop in Lyon.
Some of you have asked to see a picture of our Hungarian Prince, Miki who has driven us safely around Europe. Hey Miki!