Sunday, March 12, 2006

It doesn't happen often...

...that we see each other two weekends in a row. Harry & Brenda came over to Switzerland this weekend. Actually they wanted to come over much earlier already, but Easy Jet started flying Amsterdam- Basel as per 10th of March so the decision had been easy. Wait a little longer and fly in cheap! Last Friday I picked my sis and bro-in-law up at the Euro Airport. During the week CS and I had been planning to take H & B to the Boomerang, an Australian restaurant in Binningen, but unfortunately they turned out to be closed last week. So we stayed home for dinner and did a nice home made kebab. Not too bad after all as CS had been at home ill with a bad cold. We spent the evening chatting, eating, drinking and watching “Flight plan” (with Jodie Foster) and went to bed in a fair time. On Saturday we wanted to go to Lucerne, depending on how CS would be doing. We decided to just get up in time and see how CS felt.

After waking up at 8.30 on Saturday morning CS felt pretty much okay so we had our breakfast and left for Lucerne. We arrived in Lucerne just after noon, parked in the parking garage at the KKL (Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Lucerne) and walked up to Station Square.



The "Kultur- und Kongresszentrum"

When we got out of the parking we felt the cold wind as KKL is located directly at the Vierwaldstädtersee. After freezing our butts of more a moment, while overlooking the Vierwaldstädtersee, we walked in the direction of the “Kapell-Brücke” which is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. As a result of an accident with fireworks the bridge burnt down for the larger part in 1993 after which the bridge had to be rebuilt.



The "Kapell-Brücke" and its water tower



We crossed the bridge to the other side of the river and walked along the waterfront for a while. As we were getting pretty cold we decided to go into one of the many restaurants along the riverside to warm up a bit. After a nice lunch we were warm enough again to resist cold and snow/rain. We walked through the old city centre admiring the beautiful paintings on the facades of the buildings.



In spite of the cold and the rain and snow, coming down regularly, we enjoyed our visit to Lucerne. We walked through the small streets, crossed several bridges and simply took in the beauty of the city.



I was happy CS felt a lot better again which gave us the possibility to go out for dinner in Basel in the evening. I booked a table at the Café Des Art's, a lively bar/restaurant where you can enjoy great food, from a rather small but excellent card, and listen to live music every day of the week.


We were lucky to have booked a table as it turned out Des Art's had a large group over for dinner. After we ordered our starters and main courses we tried taking our group picture via the mirrors on the ceiling. Not an easy job as it turned out. Harry finally succeeded in taking the best picture but we forgot to download it from his camera before they left this afternoon. Dinner was great as usual (look at the great dishes) and we ate and drank the evening away.



Of course the guys didn’t forget to give ladies the attention they deserve. After all, they mean everything to the both of us.



After we were all happily fed we paid the bill and left. We took the tram back home from Barfusserplatz and had a tram ride we will probably never forget. We started talking nonsense and at a certain moment we couldn’t stop laughing. We were laughing tears and ended up with muscle aches in our jaws, eyes and abdominals. Some people in the tram were affected by our laughing and laughed with us (not having the slightest idea they were part of the reason we were laughing, I know it's a bit mean). After we got out at our stop, the fresh air helped us to get a grip on ourselves again, which was a necessity otherwise I would have probably peed in my pants from laughing. We had an absolutely fabulous day and a great evening, but as always weekends pass by so fast…

On Sunday morning we took it easy, enjoyed our breakfast together and then, unfortunately, we had to drive Harry and Brenda to the airport again. Neither of them felt like leaving and Brenda even hoped for a lot of snow which could probably cause the cancellation of the flight back. Her wish almost came through, but the snow started falling only shortly before the plane took off. Oh well, we have plenty of our cosy gatherings ahead of us. Either in Holland or Switzerland or wherever in the future…

10 comments:

Ginnie said...

By the time I got to your belly laughs at the end of this post, I was laughing out loud myself and so full of joy and happiness for your wonderful time with friends. Those memories are the best in the whole world--sharing Life with friends you love! So glad CS was feeling well enough for the trip!!!

Expat Traveler said...

Wow - for being sick CS looked great! I love the clock picture the most. I'm so happy that P got to see all of these sites as we spent about 5 or so hours in Lucern, none of which was shopping, just looking at the beautiful paintings and facades and seeing a museum. It was August so it wasn't cold!

Yeah I'm glad nobody else knew why you were laughing. Oh wait, I do. ;-)

Mr. Fabulous said...

This is off topic, but how many times am I allowed to call you daily about the Photoshop issues I will be having? :)

CanadianSwiss said...

You're so right, Ginnie. Those memories are the best.

Thanks, Expat. I do look a bit pale in the pict on the Kappelbrücke (between H&B) and at dinner, the dimmed lights/candle lights made me look a bit healthier. And we'll definitely return when it's warmer :-)

Mr.Fab - Hehe :-) Guess it depends on how long you keep me on the phone. Hmmm. Maybe I'll quit my job and put up a helpline ;-)

xmichra said...

I know envy is not very attractive, but boy do I envy youguys! It all looks so nice and historic! Even down to the meals!

Very good time had by all is always a plus too!
Great photos!

CanadianSwiss said...

Thanks. I really love those old towns. We do feel lucky to live so close to so much history.

Rob7534 said...

An exellent post! I felt like I was there with you! I love how you guys are so fabulous, you entertain EVERY week now!

Orange-X said...

Thanks Rob. It's always nice to share with people. Whether they are physically present, or living what we experienced, by reading the posts. Friendship is a beautiful thing, especially when you have great people to share it with...

Tim Rice said...

The paintings on the buildings in two of your pictures are fantastic. It's neat when property owners and/or occupiers make their buildings so artistic.

CanadianSwiss said...

Thanks for visiting, Tim. They are beautiful, aren't they. One of them, the Pfistern Guildhall, (Zunfthaus zu Pfistern) is my favourite.