|Heading up to Switzerland today. Lucerne will be our new home (http://www.luzern.com/en/welcome.cfm). Key words for today are MOUNTAINS, SNOW, COLD, and MORE MOUNTAINS. The weather looks like being kind to us as we head out - overcast and cold (3 degrees) but no rain or snow. As we thread our way out of Como we say goodbye to Italy. Must say that it was everything we hoped for. Great sights to see, wonderful food to sample, charming old villages/towns to visit. Before we know it, we are at the border crossing into Switzerland - a little disappointing really. All it was was a guard box in the middle of a roundabout - no customs, no stamp in the passport, a bit of an anticlimax.
What is not an anticlimax though, is the scenery as we motor up the autostrade - towering snow capped peaks and cliffs, broad lakes, deep valleys covered in snow. Must be the Swiss Alps. After passing tyhru numerous tunnels (on being 18km long), with the temperature dropping down to -1 degree, we find ourselves driving along the edge of a large lake, Schwyz Luzern, leading to our destination, Hotel Balm in Meggen, an outer district of Lucerne.
The hotel is one of the best we have stayed in. Modern, comfortable and a view out of the window to the lake and mountains. we were served lunch in the Bistro by a waiter who turned out to be a south african expat. he had been here for 14 years and absolutely loved it.
After settling in, we drove into Lucerne itself for a bit of a look. The city is well on the way to being lit up for Xmas. We happened on some markets which proved to be colorful and interesting, we even got to sample some local sausage and bread (don't thing we'll ever eat Hans salami again!!!). Julie is already talking about never leaving here.