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Posts tagged “switzerland

Photo #548 – 05.16.10

Pilatus Panorama

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With an elevation just below 7,000 feet (6,955 feet), Pilatus is certainly one of the smaller peaks in the Alps (it is actually pretty much on the fringe of the Alps in central Switzerland).  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a cool mountain to climb…even if you have to take a gondola to climb it!  This photo of Pilatus was taken from our little gondola as we made our way back down from the top (it was a bit snowy up there!).  In the opposite direction, the gondola provided an excellent view of the city of Luzern and the surrounding area (you can see some of the gondolas in the lower left of the photo below).

Luzern Panorama

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Photo #531 – 04.29.10

Luzern’s Lion Monument

The Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal) in Luzern, Switzerland is certainly one of the more popular tourist attractions in the city (in fact, I believe this was the very first place our tour group visited after getting off the plane and checking in at the hotel).  It’s a pretty large (20 ft high, 33 ft long) and impressive sculpture carved right into a sandstone rock cliff (site of a quarry a long time ago).  This dying lion with an impaled spear was carved in 1820-21 as a tribute to Swiss guards massacred while protecting King Louis XVI and the Royal Family in the French Revolution of the 1790s.

Photo #359 – 11.08.09

Deutsche Marks, Francs, and Schillings

European currency is so fun looking.  Here we’ve got 10 Deutsche Marks (Germany), 10 Francs (Switzerland), and 20 Schilling (Austria).  In US Dollars, these are currently worth $7.60, $9.83, and $2.16, respectively, for a total of $19.59…expensive souvenir!  Unfortunately, both the Deutsche Marks and Schillings have been replaced by the Euro since 2002, but the Swiss Franc is still used in Switzerland (and nearby Liechtenstein).

I did bring some Deutsche Mark coins to a German bar in New York City earlier this year, but I didn’t try to use them…maybe another time.