We began the day by getting up at 6am. Dad wanted an early start and so this is what we did. The funny thing is that I had been waking up at 4:30am previously, and the one day that I didn’t was today. How does that work? Anyway, after driving for around 2 hours (nothing compared to the 26 hour plane flight) we arrived at our destination: Lucerne (Luzerne), Switzerland. After deducting (from asking the information person) that the cable car up to the mountains wasn’t working due to the high wind, we travelled around the mountain to where the cog train was. These trains go up such steep tracks that they need cogs to effectively ‘pull’ them up the mountain. The ride took about 30 minutes. Upon reaching the top of the mountain, we discovered why the cable car wasn’t operating. The wind was really powerful! After having lunch in the main viewing area (which afforded a stunning view of the surrounding countryside), Dad, Caleb and I decided to walk to one of the summits (there were three). I nearly got blown off the mountain by the gusts on the top of the peak. It was crazy! After that we had a bowl of chips in the self-serving restaurant near the peak we climbed. Interesting as the mountain was, after about 2 hours we had had enough so we took the train back down.
We hadn’t quite finished with Switzerland yet, so we drove to a really nice park and had ice cream. It was 26 degrees (according to the car)! After that nice 20 minute break we hopped in the car and drove home. We are having pasta for dinner tonight – some authentic French cuisine.
So that was our day; mountains, parks and ice cream.