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Trip in Switzerland : Lucerne and Swiss Museum of Transport

Today we are taking you to Lucerne. Switzerland Tourism says :

Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland.

Source : myswitzerland.com

Lucerne is truly a beautiful city. The main entrance to the train station gives an idea of the architectural wonders that can be seen there.

Our humans first visited the Swiss Museum of Transport, where they saw different means of transport from all eras.

They then went for a walk on the Chapel Bridge : this wooden bridge is more than 650 years old ! It has the particularity of being decorated with 158 paintings. Unfortunately, during the night of August 18, 1993, a terrible fire destroyed most of the bridge. Only the two bridgeheads and the Water Tower could be preserved. The reconstruction was very quick, only eight months, and the Chapel Bridge was already reopened on 14 April 1994.

If you have the opportunity, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Lucerne: there are many more things to discover !

Finally the holidays !

We haven’t published recently and visited many people because Claire was still super busy with her work. But things are slowly starting to calm down, and the holidays can finally begin.

We had a nice visitor in our garden : a musk beetle.

aromia moschata
aromia moschata

We also have a beautiful resident : a carpenter bee.

xylocopa violacea
xylocopa violacea

The musk beetle came to say hello on Sunday during lunch, and the bee has been living in our log since last year. She’s a very nice neighbor, not aggressive at all. Her body measures 2.5 to 3 cm ; she digs perfect holes in the wood, and the big pile of sawdust on which she landed is proof of her efforts !

Trip in Switzerland : the Emosson dam

On Monday, Claire went on school trip to the Emosson dam, in the Trient valley, in front of the magnificent Mont Blanc panorama. The Emosson dam was built between 1969 and 1975, and it’s the Swiss’s second largest dam (capacity 227 millions m3).

She did the route by car from the school up to Châtelard (1125 m – 3690 ft); the car was well filled, because Claire and her colleague left with another class and its teacher.
Then, from Châtelard, she took the steepest two carriages funicular in the world ! This funicular has a maximal slope of 87% ! In 10 minutes, Claire had arrived at Montuires station (1825 m – 5987 ft).
funiculaire Emosson

From there, the little panoramic train led her during 10 minutes on the mountain side up to the foot of the Emosson dam. The landscape was simply amazing.

Finally, Claire arrived within 5 minutes at the Lake Emosson (1965 m – 6446 ft) by means of Minifunic, which slope reaches 73% all the same !

From there, she had an nice walk on the dam and on the lakesides with her pupils. On the way back, she showed them the charming chapel of Gueulaz, dedicated to Notre-Dame-Des-Neiges.

The day took place smoothly, and everybody was delighted. The trip back was made by the same way.

Upon her arrival at the house, Claire dreamed only about one thing : take a shower ! Thus I had to verify myself that she had emptied her bag well before tidying it up until the next excursion.