Another big day! Because we arrived a bit late into. Lucerne yesterday, we had more to do today than usual. Our first port of call early I n the morning was a lake cruise on one of the many cruise companies big boats. It was a beautiful morning, not a breath of wind, and the lake was picture perfect. We cruised up both sides of the lake, sipping a nice cool beer and wine, and marvelling at the superb houses, the estates, and the magic of Swtizerland. It was one of the memorable moments of our trip.
After the cruise we had some free time in Lucerne. The shooting was understandably very expensive so there was a lot of window shopping and not much buying. Jenny and I took a stroll along the waterfront at lunchtime and had a great lunch in the Wilhelm Tell floating restaurant. Very nice and very Swiss.
The bus picked us up again after lunch and we proceeded to one of the highlights of the trip, the WW2 Bunkers of Lucerne. We had low expectations of this visit but how wrong we were. The bunker we visited was part of the 200 bunkers carved into the mountainside in 1942 to resist the German threat from the border. The gun emplacements and the various rooms inside the mountain were left as they were in 1945. They were extensive and impressive and the local guides, who now maintain the bunker on behalf of the community, were very knowledgable and quite funny. We spent nearly two hours inside the mountain and thoroughly enjoyed it all.
We were tired by the time we arrived back at the hotel. After a quick freshen up we headed off into Lucerne to a Swiss Folklore evening with dinner. What a night this was! We were crowded into a large Swiss pub, there were probably five or six tour groups and a number of locals as well. There were probably over a hundred people on the night. A band entertained us while we were well fed and watered. The beer was served in litre steins and those not drinking beer were well served with wine. Once we had been well primed the real entertainment started. We saw flag throwing, alpine horn demonstrations, xylophone playing, and, of course, yodelling. The audience was invited to join in some the activities which caused much hilarity. By the time we had to go we didn't want the evening to end. We did a big conga line at one stage and there is apparently a video of Jenny and I doing the bird dance. We were very tired by the time we went to bed.