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Rain! Book Store Day

29 Jun

Rain! Book Store Day

Whenever I am visiting a strange city, entering a bookstore makes me feel right at home. We had consistent low clouds and some rain this morning in Luzern, although it was less rain than was predicted. I began my day at the Rosengart Collection, which contains many works by Picasso, Klee, Chagall, Kandinsky, Seurat, Braque, Renoir, Monet…all the artists which propelled us into the era of modern art. Photographs were not allowed in the museum.
A local festival was in progress along the Reuss River and in the Old Town. I meandered among all the umbrellas, and spent a while in Stocker Buchhaus where I made two purchases, something to read tonight and on my 8-hour train ride tomorrow to Bolzano, Italy, the starting point of the Dolomite hike. Before I left the Old Town I saw a big pink neon sign in a store window advertising “Bachmann”. It was a chocolate store, and I thought, “Now that’s a Bachmann I think I like!” They sold chocolate replicas of the Luzern Water Tower, but I had a scoop of chocolate ice cream.

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The rain had stopped and I ascended the hill above the city to walk the old city wall and go up the watch towers.

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The walk on the wall has only an iron railing on the open side so I had to fight my acrophobia as I hung to the stone side. There were great views overlooking the city.

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There was an interesting mechanical clock in one of the towers.

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Still with plenty of time and a smidgeon of energy, I began the walk along the lake to the Transportation Museum. It is actually a museum of transport and technology. The desk clerk at the hotel had told me that it was a fifteen minute walk from the train station. I walked and walked and walked. There was a lovely promenade along the lakeside. I passed the Luzern Casino.

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Finally after what seemed an eternity, I arrived at my destination. I realized the clerk had probably said “fifty minute walk” rather than “fifteen”. My feet were killing me. I don’t know how many miles I walked today.

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There were trains…

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An engine with a snow plow on the front.

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And planes, all of the SwissAir variety.

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It was an interesting visit, but transport is really not my thing. There was no way I was going to walk back, so I rode the lake steamer, just a short hop across the water to the train station. There were those beautiful sailboats again.

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I will make it an early evening, because the train leaves early tomorrow. Switzerland, It’s been great!

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12 Responses to “Rain! Book Store Day”

  1. Jim McElroy June 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Vielen Dank fuer die Bilder und die erzählende Beschreibung. Wunderbar!
    Ich freue mich für dich!

  2. ladyofthecakes June 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    Fixating on the chocolate shop….

  3. dadirri7 June 30, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    enjoyed your day with you Rosemarie … although that 50 minute walk was a bit long … like our walk along the shores of the lake of Zurich last September … i like the snow plough on the train … but prefer the famous Lake steamers!

    • Rosemarie June 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

      I love the lake steamers. It is so relaxing. Years ago in a difficult period, I had a few sessions with a clinical psychologist, who hypnotized me as part of the therapy. He counted down from 10 to 1 and said that when he got to 1, I would think of a place where I felt very relaxed. My brain went crazy trying to think of such a place, and when he got to 1, I was on the lake steamer heading to Pilatus. I hadn’t thought about that trip in years, but it was still there in my brain.

      • dadirri7 July 1, 2013 at 4:15 am #

        what a great story rosemarie …. i can just imagine being relaxed on one of the grand steamers plying back and forth across the lake 🙂

  4. Michael Rappa June 30, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    I’ve been there twice but never had the opportunity to walk the city wall or ride on the lake . . . gives me a reason to go back.

    • Rosemarie June 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

      By all means take a lake steamer, take several. They go everywhere.

  5. Susan June 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    I’m loving seeing it all even if it is through your lens – it feels so real : ) Thanks for sharing and enjoy your mountain hike!!!!! Can’t wait to follow you on that one!

    • Rosemarie June 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

      Thanks, Susan. Making the most of each moment.

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