The New Brass Ensemble                                                                                                     May 21, 2016

Yesterday we made it to our apartment in a small town near Lucerne, Switzerland.  We got stuck in Friday evening traffic leaving Zurich (where we flew in to).  It took almost twice as long to get here, however because of the countryside it wasn’t a problem.  We live in a beautiful part of the world, however this area is very stunning.  The mountains are more rugged than our Cascade range and everything you see is green.  The steep slopes that are barren of trees have a deep green layer of grass.  All over these steep green slopes are chalets.  Some of them are huge and way high up on the mountain.  We would’ve loved to climb these mountains just to go drop in on these people and say “HI”.

When we finally reached our apartment we were overwhelmed at how “lovely” (our new Aussie word) the house Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 7.37.53 AM and town is.  The town is located right on the southern part of lake Lucerne.  It is filled with large chalets that look right out of picture book of Switzerland.  We don’t know if they are someone’s second home, primary residence or an apartment with multiple owners.  However looking at the cars that are driven around here, (Porche, Audi, Ferrari) I would say that it might cost a bit to live here.  There isn’t much going on in the town at night, so I also think that this might be a bit of a resort (second home) community.  This evening when we got home from our trip to Mt. Pilatus we went to a little pup, (only place where we could find food) and had one of the best Totino’s pizza’s, or should I say the most expensive one we have ever had.  The only time on our trip when the pizza hasn’t been delicious.

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We visited Mt. Pilatus.  This is a 7000′ mountain just south of Lucerne.  It boasts of the steepest coxrailway in Europe.  At points it climbs at almost a 50 percent incline.  We rode the coxrail from a town south of the mountain, took a gondola down the mountain to Lucerne and then rode the train back to our initial location.  LetScreen Shot 2016-05-22 at 7.38.07 AM me say this was an amazing trip.  The scenery was stunning to say the least.  We spent a couple hours just enjoying our time up on the mountain.  We had just reached the top when five people came out and set up the traditional long horns they blow up in the Alps.  Throughout our time, they played several times.  I could almost envision them playing in place of our brass ensemble during Christmas.  Or maybe Russ, Jake, Brenda, Mike, Al, Patrick and I could borrow them during December??????  There was also an accordian group and a few yodelers performing up there.  It all certainly gave us a great taste of Switzerland, however they too don’t know how to pour a real cup of coffee.

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Today we are heading south to Interlaken, eventually getting to Zermatt where we plan on climbing the Matterhorn, (just kidding).  We do plan on hiking around the area.  We sure would’ve loved to stay in this location a couple more days.  As we are getting ready and packing up there are two boats fishing right in front of us.Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 7.39.05 AM  Also, when up on Mt Pilatis we took a few pictures of a church I’d like to visit.  It’s high up on the mountain slope.  I am not exactly sure how many people go there, but it is beautiful.  Out on the edge of the spine it is built on there is a large cross.  We also noticed that on many of the high mountain peaks there are crosses.  Last night as the sun was setting we noticed one shine across the lake from us.  It is a nice reminder that all this beauty just didn’t happen by accident, but by design.

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