After disembarking from our river cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland we traveled by train to Interlaken, a city sandwiched between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. At this point in our trip, my husband and I were both suffering from mild colds. After checking into our hotel, we slept most of the day away with only a quick outing to pick up some spicy Mexican soup that did wonders for the sinuses. During the two days that followed, we traveled by cablecar up into the Swiss mountains, ice skated outside, and ate lots of chocolate and cheese.
On New Year’s Eve we packed up once again and took the train to Lucerne, the last city on our itinerary. This city stood out as a favorite among the rest—a picturesque setting with old world history. We walked the city to see top tourist attractions including the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, the dying lion monument crafted to honor the Swiss troops who died serving King Louis XVI in the French Revolution, and the wall and towers that fortified the city in the 13th century.