Monday, March 2, 2015

Second look on the Second

Time for another second look on the second. This post was titled "The splendor of Switzerland!" and originally posted on 8/27/07.  This was the year our family went on a huge European trip, visiting 10 countries in 24 days.  These are some of my favorite posts and I hope to share a few more of them. Considering we received yet another 6+ inches of snow between yesterday and last night, I enjoyed looking back through these vacations posts. Thank you Bleubeard and Elizabeth for hosting.

Ah, Switzerland, a place that was easy to fall in love with!

Our first stop was a visit to the Lion Monument in Lucerne. It honors fallen Swiss Guard soldiers who were protecting King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and their children from angry mobs trying to storm the palace. Unfortunately, hundreds of soldiers were killed, and the royals had already left the palace. Notice the Swiss Cross on the shield by the lion's head. It is at the same time a beautiful and heart-wrenching tribute.

We also passed near the town which traditionally fills the ranks of the Swiss Guard. Everywhere we turned there was so much to learn. For example, there were several factions of Swiss Guard-bodyguards, mercenary,palace guards, etc., all known for their discipline and fierce loyalty to their employers. Only the Papal Swiss Guard remains today. Later on in the trip, we did see two in their red,gold & blue striped traditional uniforms at the Vatican.

En route to our hotel, we had a quick stop at the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen. If I remember correctly, these are the largest falls in Europe. They are still dwarfed by Niagara Falls in upstate New York!

On to Engleberg, a beautiful ski resort town. It is impossible to express how beautiful it was to walk out onto our terrace at our hotel and have the massive snow covered mountains right there! Actually, they were many miles away, but their size made them appear close. If you looked in one direction, you could see a cog railway going up the mountain. You can just see the red car in the 4th photo. I assume this was to allow people to get to homes in the foothills. Another direction gave stunning views of the mountains and ski lifts--not operating in July, of course! I have to mention that on the way there, we passed through towns where every house had window boxes overflowing with flowers--mostly geraniums which they say repel the mosquitoes that are common in this area.

Thanks for visiting today! It is always fun to reminisce and look back on favorite places and projects.


gilfling said...
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Halle said...

Looks like it was fantastic trip!! Thanks for sharing it again.

see you there! said...

Sounds like a great vacation. Enjoyed the photos and look forward to seeing more. Fun to look back isn't it?


froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh... wonderful images.. I made a trip with the Glacier Express many years ago and visited also Schaffhausen ( my father lived nearby for some time ) and Luzern...

Thank your for sharing!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is the start of a glorious vacation you have planned for us over the next few months, Deb. I adore the photos, but laughed when you referenced Niagara Falls. Europe may be famous for a LOT of things, but their Falls pale in comparison to those in the western hemisphere. After all, Iguassu Falls is twice the size of Niagara Falls.

Of course, our architecture and beautiful scenery pale in comparison to some you witnessed in Europe. I loved the photo you took showing the column. It was also sad to read about the Swiss Guard and how fiercely loyal they were.

Thanks for taking us on this journey and sharing your second look on the 2nd this month.

Krisha said...

What a wonderful vacation that must have been, all the photos are beautiful.

johanna said...

i´m living in Germany but i haven´t been at the places you Show here! aren´t memories of traveling such a wonderful Thing?

~*~Patty S said...

Ah Debbie you are giving me wanderlust!
We visited Switzerland in 2011 (Mr M's first time)...we did not want to leave.
Enjoyed the lion in Lucerne and you are good to remember the exact history of it.
I get so excited traveling it sometimes feels like I am floating above the ground abit LOL.
What a fabulous time you must have had! So glad you shared...I enjoy others travel pix as it is the next best thing to traveling myself.
Happy March!

pearshapedcrafting said...

What wonderful photos! We only went through Switzerland from Geneva to Innsbruck by train as our aim was to visit Austria but from the scenery we saw and your fabulous views we will hopefully get to visit Switzerland one day! Look forward to seeing more of your trip! Chrisx