Lucerne, Switzerland  |  October 5 to 6, 2017

If you haven't been to Switzerland or would like some inspiration for your next European vacation, you are in for a treat. I am introducing the first of a four-part road trip series. I gathered three friends I met at the university, rented a sporty little Audi A6, and off we went. The first stop was Lucerne—an old city that sits on a sizable lake and is one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Although we visited at the end of summer, Lucerne has relatively mild weather all year long, thus making it an ideal destination.

Luckily for us, our nearly 7-foot tall friend, Brett (pictured above), had previously visited Lucerne and gave us a bit of insight into some of Lucerne's gems. Our first stop was the Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal), which has an intriguing history.

According to numerous sources, the story of the Lion Monument goes like this: during the French revolution, Swiss Guards were protecting King Louie XVI. In 1792, at the Tuileries Palace in Paris, revolutionaries stormed the palace, viciously killing over 700 of the Swiss mercenaries. To pay tribute, two men carved the monument at a former sandstone quarry. As you can see below, the lion has an outer shape of a pig. The creator hadn't been paid for his work, and instead of ruining the piece, he figured he would leave a clever message for all to see.

After seeing this monument, we decided to grab breakfast at the lovely Schwanen Café de Ville. We then proceeded to Museggmauer, the old city wall that has several towers, each offering a unique view of the city.


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