25.05.2015 - 25.05.2015
By popular demand, here is a picture of dinner. We went to a French bistro for our last dinner in Paris and had classic French food. It was a very cool place and very crowded. I had a pork dish and Patti had boeuf bourguinon (I have no idea if I am spelling that anywhere near correctly). They were both excellent.
OK, today we made our way to Luzern, Switzerland. I wanted to replenish my Euros so I would have some later for Italy so I went to an ATM while Patti got ready. Next to the ATM was the Croissanterie so I had to stop one last time to pick up breakfast. We ate in the room, checked out, and took a taxi to Gare de Lyon to catch our train. It was a three-hour ride to Basel, Switzerland where we changed trains and it was another hour to Luzern. We originally planned to just walk to the hotel but because it was raining we decided to take a taxi. We checked in and after we got settled we started looking online and in Rick Steves' book for a place to eat dinner.
We are staying at the Stern Luzern hotel. This is the same hotel I stayed in the last time I was in Luzern 20 years ago. It was under different management then and called the Goldener Stern. That name is still on the building outside. When I was making reservations I thought about staying here again, but because of the name change I wasn't able to find it right away when I looked. But the hotel was listed in Rick Steves' book (yes, I am a fan of Rick Steves. And yes, if he told me to jump off a European bridge, there is a decent chance I would do it) and when I looked into it I realized it was the same place. As you might be able to see from the picture, the room is quite a bit bigger than our room in Paris. And it overlooks a cute square in front of a church.
For dinner, we went to a pizza place. We ended up there on accident really. The place where we were going to go didn't sound appealing once we looked at the menu and the place we went was across the square you see in a picture below. But first, a picture of my pizza, the Vesuvio (sorry, I started eating it before rememberint to take a picture of it). It is basically a margherita pizza with ham. Patti had the Nonna, which had bacon, onion and olives. She thought it was the best pizza she ever had.
We then walked around a little bit until it started to rain harder so we came back to the hotel. Unfortunately, the forecast for tomorrow is for more rain and highs only in the high 50s. Luckily, the hotel has umbrellas you can use for the day so we will see if any are still there when we go out in the morning. I don't think we are going to be in too much of a hurry.
One thing we are working on getting used to is hearing German instead of French. I know next to no German so it is much harder than it was in France or will be in Italy. Of course, most people here speak English so it's just a matter of remembering to say "danke" instead of "merci" most of the time. So with that...