Our friends had suggested that we stop in Lauterbrunnen on our way to Lucerne and we're SO happy that we took their advice! It's a ski and extreme sports village up in the mountains and it's a beautiful spot for adventurists and tourists alike. Our drive up to the village was pretty exhilarating--we went up and around several large mountains, through tunnels, and past crystal-clear lakes--I hyperventilated again when looking out the passenger window and seeing nothing but a straight drop below. Luckily I trust Roger's driving skills. We saw base-jumpers and wing-suit enthusiasts in action and marveled at waterfalls coming down off of the cliffs. Roger really wanted to take a gondola ride up to the apex of the mountain; however, it was too cloudy of a day. We instead swung on swing-sets and had tea in a cafe. It would have been so cool to stay the night--I imagine the people staying there would have interesting stories to tell. We were totally out of place in our everyday clothes--almost everyone else was either wearing hiking boots, backpacks, windbreakers, or all three.
My favourite part was seeing all the flowerbeds on the windowsills. It didn't matter what kind of building it was--homes, shoppes, hotels... they all had geraniums on display. So pretty!
As you can see, the locals were very accommodating to English-speaking visitors.
And there was plenty of beer and cheese to go around.
Now I can say I have driven in a foreign country!
I believe this was Roger's 22nd croissant, 7th by the lakeside. He was just warming up for France.
After experiencing some fresh mountain air, we were ready to venture back into the city. We arrived at our hotel in Lucerne around 7:00pm and decided to go to a highly-rated dive bar for dinner. Fried potatoes and onions and tomatoes with cheese sauce... I just had to order it! Roger ordered some kind of Schnitzel, but he didn't get to eat it. We had to send it back because the restaurant only took cash! We didn't bring enough with us and they didn't accept Canadian credit cards. Boo. Life tip: ALWAYS carry cash.
Yogurt, cottage cheese, swiss cheese, brie cheese... we are getting very used to this!
Today we head back to Germany to drop off our rental car!