Peace and perfection really is Switzerland. We are constantly amazed at the organization, cleanliness, and charm. Especially the view is gorgeous!
Our awesome hosts (the Hassloecher family, friends of ours) planned a day in Zurich, so we caught the bus, which took us to the train, which then took us to the heart of the city. We visited a beautiful church and climbed the 285 steps to the top! Then we walked around town and bought some journals for our schooling. In a little hallway next to the toy store we read about ancient Roman bath houses. The ruins and ancient stones were right under our feet and could be seen through the metal grating. I found this pretty cool if you think about how long ago this was and that people actually stood right there 2,000 years ago! We soon ventured into the toy shop where we marveled over the quality, prices, and selection of all the toys. In the dollhouse section you could buy furniture, electronic devices, and even a mini Miele vacuum that turned on. The greenhouse model had solar panels that actually worked to turn on all the electric devices in the house! Unfortunately, everything is extremely expensive and we don’t have room in our bags anyway. However, we did find something that could be consumed! We went to the temple of Swiss chocolate, Sprüngli, and were amazed. Everything was made with tons of love and the selection of chocolate was beyond incredible! There were truffles that had rose petals in them and a type of Luxemburgerli that was labeled champagne and was dusted with gold powder. Of course, we had to try some and it was delicious, especially the pomegranate kind. Soon we took the ferry back to Horgen and concluded our second day!
Instead of more traditional sightseeing in Zurich, the next day we headed out to Lucerne for some mountains! We once again took the bus, boat, etc. and ended up at the foot of mount Pilatus. Then we took the steepest “Zahnrad Bahn” cog-wheel train, up to the top where we had to climb a bunch of stairs and were rewarded with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. We were so high up that the clouds were below us, although they did sometimes rise, and then we were in the middle of them! Up at the top of a mountain we let the wind move the clouds, and of course my sisters had to set up their horse Playmobil with Hannah, their friend. We walked through some rocky tunnels with little windows of the view and had lunch. Then we took all of that transportation back home… Transportation in Switzerland is really one of the highlights! The buses will take you everywhere and are spotless.. there isn’t a speck of dirt on the ground and it’s the same in trains and boats. Everything is fast and efficient and most of all: quiet!
Tomorrow days 4 and 5 etc. will be posted, but right now I am looking out at a view of a glowing full moon, pink sky, and green mountains, over a sparkling lake while the church bells ring… peace and perfection in Switzerland.