28.05.2015 - 28.05.2015
As I mentioned at the end of my last entry, we went on a nightwatchman's tour last night. It turned out we were the only two on the tour. Our guide came dressed like the Middle Ages and told us about the medieval history of Lucern. The tour lasted about an hour and a half and was interesting, albeit a little quirky. First, he blows his horn and does some nightwatchman announcement that is in German so we don't really know for sure. Then he showed us a typical weapon someone from that time would carry. Here I am with the weapon and also Patti with it and our guide.
About half-way through the tour, we stop in a square and he brings out a projector to show us some pictures on the side of a wall. That was a little odd. He did it again later too.
And here is a last shot of Chapel Bridge:
After the tour we went back to the hotel and right to bed because we had an early morning to catch the train to Italy. After breakfast we took a taxi to the train station and boarded our train. It was a four-hour ride to Milan, where we had to change trains. The views of mountains along the way were beautiful, although it was hard to take photos. Here is really the only good one I got:
When we got to Milan, finding the machines to buy our tickets from Milan to Genoa was a little difficult. But eventually we found it and purchased our tickets. We had an hour to wait for our train and we were hungry for food that was cheap and easy so we opted for McDonalds.
Just a side-note on McDonald's -- they don't have the fried pies here anymore! I haven't been able to find them in any of the three countries we have been in. I am very disappointed! And I am grateful they still have them in England and Ireland so I was able to eat some when I was there in January.
OK, back to our regular story. Our train from Milan to Genoa took about an hour and 45 minutes, and the seating was in 6-people compartments. I haven't been in a train like that in forever.. It was really cramped in there and my legs were sore when we finally got off. We checked into our hotel and then went on a short tour of the area. Here are some things we saw along the way, as well as a picture of our hotel room:
We are now back in the hotel waiting for it to be 7:30 so we can go get dinner. Nothing is really open until then. We are really looking forward to Italian cuisine and also not spending $40 for a meal like we had to in Switzerland. Tomorrow we are making a day trip to Turin where we will view the Shroud of Turin. That shoud be interesting.