9 Dec 2022


I was for a week in Switzerland at the Lake Lucerne. It's the German speaking part of Switzerland. The trip was organized by a Waterloo travel agency, which I have often used for a daily excursion. But from time to time they also do a short week travel. 

So my week had plenty of interesting things to see and each day had a full program !

Lake Lucerne, Vierwaldstaetter See in German, is Switzerland’s fourth-largest lake, located in the center of the country. The lake is unusual because it has a very irregular shape, with many bends and turns and four arms. The shores of Lake Lucerne are partly formed by steep mountains like the Rigi and Pilatus, bordered by fabulous towns like Lucerne and Weggis, and are the site of Switzerland’s oldest history read more here

According to the photos the landscape must have been wonderful, but we were not so lucky to see the high mountains. All we saw were the houses of the cities or villages but no background, which was hidden behind thick mist ! Only one day we saw them for half an hour and a little sunshine came out. All the other 5 days we saw no mountains at all. In a way we were lucky, at this time of the year, it didn't rain at all, so that we could visit all the cities, towns, or villages, on which I put a red cross on the map. 

This was our hotel which was really beautiful from outside and inside and where we had breakfast and supper every day. Lunch we took in several restaurants, each day another one, just where we were, the food was so good that everybody complained that it was too much. After a 3 course lunch visiting a village or something else was a bit hard and some of us slept in the coach instead of admiring the landscape, but that wasn't bad, as we couldn't see the mountains anyway.


Several times we had to take the cable car which connected the towns in the invisible mountains

 We also took twice the ship which in summer is like a bus and brings you to the villages or towns around the lake. In winter the schedule is less and you have to take a bus.


The first day we started by visiting the town Altdorf,  where the story of Wilhelm Tell took place, who shot an apple off his son's head with an arrow. 

The little town was very beautiful and nicely decorated for Christmas. Then we had to take a smaller bus because the streets leading up to the next village Isenthal were so narrow that only a small bus could drive through and had to horn loudly at each curve to warn an eventual down coming car that there was no space and the vehicle had to wait until we drove through.  

On the top left our coach with which we travelled from Waterloo to Switzerland.

We arrived in the little village Isenthal where we stopped for our 3 course lunch ! 


and while we ate the local accordion player played local music and narrowed the story of his village.

After lunch we walked around the village and looked at this nice graveyard. All graves were carved in wood with different motifs. They were all people from the village and almost all had the same name! I thought that a bit of fresh blood is needed.

Tired and the stomach full we took the little bus down invisible mountains and returned to our hotel.

I think I stop here my weekly report, because all this happened the first day ! And I even forgot the story of this little village Isenthal, which the very kind accordion player told me, only too happy that he could speak German because he didn't understand a word of our French speaking group.

He told me that children had seen the devil in the mountains so all men took their arms and went to look after the devil. What they found was a bear ! They killed it and cut off his paws, which were hung up at the roof of the bear killer's house.

Then the house was sold and the new owner didn't want to keep the paws and now they are exposed in a little museum in the village. Apparently it had been the last bear ever seen in Switzerland.

I will continue my travel report the next days, otherwise it will be too long there are still 4 days to go !

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8 Dec 2022



1. The Hodgepodge lands on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Have you visited the memorial? Any desire to do so? Have you visited other WW2 sites and memorials? Do you think we do a good job of teaching current and younger generations about the events of WW2? Do you think it matters? 

Bonn 1948

I have never visited a war memorial or sites or anything concerning wars and I will never do. I grew up in a completely bombed out city in Germany and my playgrounds were ruins. I have seen enough of what war can do and suggest that the politicians fight in a box ring instead of sending innocent men to defend what ? No war, no defense needed. 

2. Many books, both fiction and non-fiction have been written with WW2 as the setting. Is this a 'genre' you gravitate towards? Share with us a book (or two) you've enjoyed that is set in some way around WW2. If you're not a reader, how about a movie? 

I don't need to read about war I saw it life and I never went to a war movie. When I think that my uncle had to be a soldier at 15 (!!!) and was caught almost immediately by the Russians, and he spent 10 years in Siberia ! I don't think that somebody sane in mind and had lived all these horrors wants to see them again in a movie ! I would rather write a book and not read one. I was only a child but I remember everything.

3. According to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine there are seven popular color trends for the holidays this year. They are- red and white, Victorian blue, pops of pink, rich shades of green, rainbow hues, black and white, and nostalgic retro colors. Are you 'trendy' when it comes to holiday decorating in 2022? How so? Does your tree have a 'theme'?  

I am only trendy if there are a lot of colors ! I hate sophisticated, posh Christmas trees. Our tree is a cheerful one, colorfull with no theme ! We first a had a real big one but then a fake, because of 2 cats, a dog and a toddler who loved the real tree too much ! This one we have for years.

4. What's a current trend you buck?  

That young and old men walk around with a bun 


5. What's your favorite chocolate something?  

I seldom eat chocolate, I am not a sweet girl ! and if I eat it has to be black chocolate

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

For the moment I "digest" the beautiful trip to Switzerland and try to remember the places I have seen. It was the Lake Lucerne. The trip is like a puzzle in my head and I have to put it together. Christmas this year without Rick will probably be strange. 


6 Dec 2022


I have been in Switzerland for a short week. Here we visited Zug a city located at the lake Zug. Along the lake where a bird zoo with exotic birds and many seagulls which waited for this lady to feed them.



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