Tuesday, September 4, 2007
A View From The Top Of The World!
We spent another day in Lucerne, Switzerland, visiting beautiful Mt. Pilatus. The mountain is mainly a summer vacation/hiking destination. We road a cog-wheel railway up to the summit-7000 feet above sea level. This is the world's steepest cog railway--at times we were going almost straight up! The trip up took about 45 minutes. It was about 37 degrees F at the top/3 degrees C! So at 10:30 am we were eating swiss barley soup, hot cocoa & expresso!
After we arrived at the top, we braved the cold walk up rugged stairs to see all the beautiful views. You could 6 or so peaks, mountains, small villages down below. It was breath-taking and I truly felt like I was on top of the world!
Back on the main level we were treated to a "concert" by costumed Alphorn blowers. What's an Alphorn? Glad you asked...It's that horn you see on the Ricola commercials! It was amazing the range of tone you can get out of a long wooden horn just by changing your breath!
Our trip back down was by aerial cable cars. We started out in a big car that held 25 people--looked like a ski tram, and then transferred into four person cars. About halfway down we saw a herd of long horn cattle all wearing bells! It really was a cute site!
Later on, we had some time to browse around Lucerne. There was a beautiful wooden walking bridge that took you from one side of the river to the other. Along the whole way were windowboxes filled with flowers-beautiful reds and purples!
Next: our visit to one of the smallest countries in the world!