I am envious of photographers who have a talent for writing - I am not one of them. If I could just post photos on my blog that would be fine by me but for the sake of search engine optimization I have to add a few words. I am back from my first trip to Europe. My daughter and I stayed in Zurich with my sister -in -law who works for Coca Cola (which explains why I included a photo of a coke sign). Serena was kind enough to pick us up at the airport which saved us about a zillion francs. We then did exactly what everyone told us NOT to do; we took a nap. After our siesta Serena, her husband Scott, Claire and myself took a 45 minute train ride to Luzern. The focal point of this town is the covered wooden 14th Century Chapel Bridge. The bridge is decorated with paintings showing the early history of the town as well as its two patron saints. The swans on the lake you see in the photographs are said to have originated from swans given as a gift by king Louis XIV. The bike in the lake dates from the 21st century as far as I can tell. I was surprised to discover that switzerland is a dog friendly country. Dogs are permitted in stores, trains and restaurants. We walked all over this little town.We explored the outside of what I assume is a castle and visited the Lion Monument. Our day ended at a fondue restaurant. I never did get the appeal of fondue but "when in Rome" Stay tuned for Day 2 - Mardi Gras Carnival!