It was a busy summer. Between visits to family and friends in the US, meeting up with old friends in familiar places (and in new places), concerts, hosting visitors, enjoying wine festivals, and more, we were in need of an escape. And looking back at a season packed with fun, we realized that we had spent little time enjoying Switzerland. So Elise did her research and found a beautiful boutique hotel on Lake Lucerne and we were off for a weekend between blue-green waters and soaring mountains.
Elise outdid herself this time, finding us a suite with a view Lake Lucern in one direction and of the mountains rising into the other direction. Naturally we spent the day hiking and though the weather was a bit overcast, the clouds were hanging just at the tops of the mountains, and our paths led us through seas of mist with the occasional break affording dramatic views, reminiscent of some trips to Austria.
Between craggy paths and the occasional cable car ride, we spent the whole day hiking above 1600 meters (5000 feet). The clawfoot bathtub back at the hotel was a welcome respite to soothe our bones before enjoying dinner on the lake under a red evening sky. Not a bad start to autumn.