A cure for museum legs

In the photo, a cup of black coffee with cream at the museum kiosk.

We began our day with a dilemma, whether to move to another location near Lucerne or stay where we are. When I tried to book for nights here on AirBnB there weren’t any vacancies, so we booked somewhere else. I had a couple of long winded communications from our new host that were a bit off putting in terms of rules and conditions and unclear instructions on how to get to the house.

We spoke with our host here who said he always has a couple of rooms free for people who want to stay on. He went away and we thought about it. Was the ease of staying in our present location where we know our way around worth losing one night’s fee, the cost of a late cancellation.

Our host then disappeared for a couple of hours and only got back to us around checkout time of 11.00 a.m. We packed up in case we had to leave, which worked out well because we had to change rooms. In the end, we weren’t ready to leave for work (museums) until midday.

We had lunch at a small bakery in a shopping centre near the Lion Monument. They don’t just have bread, but rolls and salads.

The following quote from Wikipedia explains the significance.

‘The Lion Monument (German: Löwendenkmal), or the Lion of Lucerne, is a rock relief in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. It is one of the most famous monuments in Switzerland, visited annually by about 1.4 million tourists.[1] In 2006 it was placed under Swiss monument protection.[2]

Mark Twain praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”[3]

The above is my photo, not one from Wikipedia. I agree with Mark Twain, this is a very moving sculpture.

We had our museum pass from the previous day and visited the museum near the monument. This was when I had a first bout of museum legs for the day.

My score card for the two days. Not bad.

Our next museum of the day was the Bourbaki Panorama. Once again this was war related, this time a celebration of Swiss humanity and the beginning of the Red Cross organisation.

Our third museum for the day was the Transport Museum. It was fantastic and full of children. I wished I was a child myself as there was so much that was interactive.

Afterwards we walked along the lake to the Bahnhof where we found an open supermarket to stock up a little on food for the next couple of days. We bought a lasagne and salad for tea, plus a cake to share. Yesterday was Stephen’s birthday and we were celebrating in a modest way.

The day was cloudy and cool enough at times for jumpers. Very good for sightseeing.

The swimming pools on the lake provide another way to swim. We saw a couple of middle aged men swimming in the lake as we walked along.

Even though our new room is two floors lower than the other one we still have a glimpse of the mountains.

Looking out and looking in. You can see our bed in it’s couch phase, a section pulls out, one of the mattresses is transferred to it and we have a double bed.

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