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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sunshine and Lions in Lucerne, Switzerland

Though Switzerland is the ultimate hub for exploring Europe, it's never a bad idea to stay local and do some Swiss exploring.
An adventure is always fine by me.
Especially one that involves a long car journey zipping through the mountains, the perfect playlist, and a couple of frosty pints waiting for us at the end.
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My duty on the drive; find an authentic restaurant, that would fuel us for a day of wandering.
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We posted up at the Wirsthaus Galliker, and ordered a round of mugs filled to the brim with frothy ale.
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Ravioli, topped with wild asparagus, and swimming in butter.
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Creamy bone marrow with toast.
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For the main, I went with the Luzerner Chügelipastete...
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.. and it did not disappoint.
A flaky nest of pastry, piled high with traditional veal sausage, locally sourced mushrooms, and overflowing with a white wine sauce.
A meal so good, I'm still fawning over it.
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You know this girl won't deny some dessert.
Pineapple cilantro sorbet for me; equal parts tangy, bold, and refreshing.
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Switzerland is undeniably beautiful.
If Switzerland were a person she'd be that low-key supermodel friend, who may be modest and sweet as hell, but doesn't possess a single "bad side", even if she tried.
Around every corner you're greeted with more intricate ironwork, attention to detail, and charming aesthetic than the last.
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Though this bridge may not seem long, at only 558 feet, there are plenty of places to stop along the way.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Lucerne-Switzerland-Beer-Summer-lion of Lucerne-chapel bridge-Kapellbrücke-Wirtshaus Galliker-Reuss River-Luzern-Lucerne Travel GuideWe paused to take in the view from different perspectives, admired the hand painted details within, and quite literally stopped and smelled the roses.
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Back on dry land, we weaved through the unloading tour buses, and found a piece of sanctuary at the Lion of Lucerne monument.
Dedicated to the many Swiss Guards that lost their lives in an early 17th century battle.
Just above the dying lion, it reads Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti, "To the Loyalty and bravery of the Swiss".
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I considered getting one that looked like Gus, but I feared that he might look too friendly, even in his warning sign.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Lucerne-Switzerland-Beer-Summer-lion of Lucerne-chapel bridge-Kapellbrücke-Wirtshaus Galliker-Reuss River-Luzern-Lucerne Travel Guide
With no luck on the souvenir front, we lost ourselves in the rows of multicolored buildings.
This city becomes pretty saturated, pretty quick. Knowing this, we'd come back at a different time of day or even in the off season.
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The midday sun sweltered overhead, leading us all to long for some water, a breeze, and a shady haven.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Lucerne-Switzerland-Beer-Summer-lion of Lucerne-chapel bridge-Kapellbrücke-Wirtshaus Galliker-Reuss River-Luzern-Lucerne Travel Guide
My husbands inner compass always points towards the water.
Without fail he can get us to the nearest lake, sea, or river, in under an hour flat. Must be the surfer in him.
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This time though, it was just what we all needed.
We posted up in the shade, the chilled gusts drifting off of the lake giving us goosebumps, while we contemplated renting a boat for the rest of the afternoon.
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I couldn't recommend enough to bring your own water bottle; as you can see most spots in the shade are taken, leaving places to duck out of the overhead sun, far and few between.
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...and too many Land Rover Defenders to count.
Rough on emissions, but easy on the eyes.
Sadly these beauts are illegal in the States (which almost makes me want one even more).
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We sauntered home, arms stretched out of the windows, the music on low, and choosing the long route to lead us home.
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