Lucern: Our Swiss trip started in the quaint town of Lucern. A picturesque, small city in Switzerland (though actually big by Swiss standards), the main feature of the town is the Chapel Bridge, a medieval wood bridge in the middle of the town. Unfortunately, like so many sites we have seen in Europe, it burnt down. The odd thing is, it was not some medieval gunpowder storage accident, as per usual, it burnt down in 1993! The likely cause was a careless smoker. It was rebuilt as it originally looked and, needless to say, it now has smoke detectors. Lucern also has a wonderful little art museum that is made up entirely of a private collection of one family and includes 180 works of Picasso, as well as works from the go-to impressionists. The then-young, female collector was quite friendly with Picasso (possibly in the way you think) and we got a treat when we got to meet and chat with the 82 year old dealer/philanthropist.
Switzerland continued to impress me with its gorgeous landscapes, small towns, laidback atmosphere and focus on the important food groups: chocolate and cheese. The trip was all the more enjoyable since I get to spend some quality time with my parents. It had been a long time since I saw any family, and it was great to have some quality time with my folks before beginning the long second half of our trip. Thanks Mom and Dad!