9:30 a.m. (I know what most of you are thinking…9:30? How could she sleep in so late!) Time for Luzern full force.
For breakfast I had this granola yogurt parfait, like the kind you can buy at Starbucks. But, this parfait, it was the most divine yogurt parfait I’ve ever had in my life. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
It was so light and fluffy, it tasted like delicious clouds just melting in my mouth and the berries were so fresh. It was extraordinary.
Our next stop was to see the lion with the thorn in his side. Located on the east side of Luzern, there is a beautifully carved stone lion, dedicated to the guards massacred during the French revolution.
There was construction (go figure) and so we had to detour and zig zag through the different towers.
Hot, sweaty and disgusting after finally climbing the last tower, we couldn’t think of anything that sounded more enjoyable than paddle boating on Swan Lake.
Paddle boats = best decision. It was so relaxing, refreshing and fun. Catie and I even jumped in the lake and swam for a bit!
Words of advice- Make sure when bringing beverages on board that you purchase bottles with twist-off caps. We banged the heck out of the Bulmers trying to open it, but in the end we split the can of Kopparberg and saved the two Bulmers for later.
Starving after hiking, paddle boating and swimming, we decided to check out ‘the cheapest fondue restaurant in town, with a Heidi-like atmosphere.’
Ordering two cheese fondues and one chocolate fondue for dessert we scraped the pots clean. Literally. The waitress brought us spoons because we were probably about to destroy the pots with the tiny pitchforks.
The cheese fondue was delicious, the chocolate, a little strange given that the fruit was apples, grapes and pineapples, but the chocolate itself was good none-the-less.
This is where we fell for our first ‘tourist trap’ of our trip.
Pulling out our money to split the bill, we did a double take when we saw the price: 80 Francs for three fondues and water?! What!??
Looking closer we realized they had charged us 4.50 for each water, including refills. Water that came in a tiny glass straight from the sink!! Well, Heidi’s might be the cheapest fondue restaurant in town…if you want to dehydrate yourself! Word of advice- never go to Heidi’s in Luzern!
We reluctantly put the money on the table and got out of there as quick as possible, before they tried to charge us for anything else.
Since we had seen most of the town and it was getting pretty late, we decided we should take some time to relax and just go see a movie. Sex and the City 2? Perfect, especially given the numerous references made about the movie during our trip.
Once we got our fill of Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda we walked back to Etap and packed our things for Italia!
I loved Luzern, but I’m ready for some fine Italian cuisine, affordable meals, knowing what language I should be trying to speak and the oh-so-convienent euro!