Friday, May 29, 2009

Switzerland, Part 3: More Lucerne

In the afternoon, we took a boat trip. A round-trip ticket to a little village called Wegis (pron. Veh-gis) got us about an hour and a half out on the lake and some more views of Swiss German architecture.

Here's Lucerne from the water and other views along the way.

We don't see boathouses like this at the Lake of the Ozarks.

This is the type of boat we were on. As you'll see in the video, it has paddlewheels on both sides.

A Swiss-style chalet on Wegis.

There wasn't much to do in the village except wander around and play a giant game of chess.

More views around Lucerne.

A name you can trust (and I'm not referring to 'Schmuck')

Here's a good story:
That night, we wanted to get an authentic Swiss-style dinner and John had his heart set on fondue. So we found a good-looking restaurant and treated ourselves to a nice meal. The food was great and as we were eating, we fell into conversation with the couple at the table next to us. They were from Oklahoma; he was a federal judge and she was a retired counselor. We had a good time chatting with them about what we did and what they did. They even proudly showed us a picture of their grandkids--three adopted children from China! At the end of the meal, the waitress came and said she was pleased to inform us that our meal had been 'offered' (but she didn't say by whom). We were stunned. After a few more minutes of awkward conversation with our friends, we asked them if they were the ones who had done the offering. He graciously replied that he appreciated our studies and that they remembered what it was like to be young. Needless to say, we went away rejoicing at God's provision and both gratified and amazed at the generosity of others!

Me trying John's fondue.

And John trying John's fondue.

The bridge at night.

Some views from the train ride back.

So that's the end of our Switzerland trip. We had a wonderful time and were generously treated, both by the American couple and the Swiss themselves. We would highly recommend it to anyone!

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