Saturday, December 31, 2016


"The Schirmerturm is one of nine towers of Museggmauer in the city of Lucerne . It is located between the Clock Tower and the Powder Tower.
The building has a height of 27.5 meters and is thus the second and smallest tower of the Museggmauer with the powder and Allenwind tower. 96 stairs lead to the top floor within the tower. The two windows on each side offer a panoramic view of the city of Lucerne to Lake Lucerne and the Pilatus." ~ Wikipedia

Friday, December 30, 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016


Now for some of my favorite views of Lucerne as seen from atop the Musegg Wall.

Sunday, December 25, 2016


View of the park below from the Musegg Wall
Lucerne, Switzerland

Friday, December 23, 2016

Musegg Wall

"A part of the rampart walls built in 1386; the wall is still almost entirely intact. Four towers are open to the public: Schirmer, Zyt, Wacht and Männli.

A part of the rampart walls built in 1386; the wall is still almost entirely intact. Four towers are open to the public: Schirmer, Zyt, Wacht and Männli. The oldest city clock, built by Hans Luter in 1535, is in the Zyt tower. This clock is allowed to chime every hour one minute before all the other city clocks." ~

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


On my way up the hill from the Kapellbrücke to visit Lucerne's 14th century Musegg Wall, I passed this lovingly maintained municipal garden.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Bridge Art

Artwork located on the trusses supporting the roof over the Kapellbrücke

Lucerne is unique in the fact that its three wooden pedestrian bridges, the 14th century Hofbrücke (now destroyed) and Kapellbrücke and the 16th century Spreuerbrücke, all featured painted interior triangular frames. This feature is not replicated in any of Europe's other wooden footbridges. The paintings, dating back to the 17th century by local Catholic painter Hans Heinrich Wägmann, depict events from Lucerne's history. Out of the original 158 paintings, a total of 147 existed before the 1993 fire. After the fire, the remains of 47 paintings were collected, although only 30 were ultimately fully restored.

Monday, December 19, 2016


Lucerne's famous Kapellbrücke. Must be THE most photographed feature in Lucerne. Can you see the photographer just left of center?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Medieval Architecture

Support for the oriel and external staircase at the Alte Suidtersche Apotheke in Lucerne.

Just as a point of reference, 1536 was the same year King Henry VIII had Anne Boleyn executed and married Jane Seymour. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Medieval Oriel

"An oriel window is a form of bay window which projects from the main wall of a building but does not reach to the ground. Supported by corbels, brackets or similar, an oriel window is most commonly found projecting from an upper floor but is also sometimes used on the ground floor." ~ Wikipedia

Friday, December 16, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Confectionaries III

I don't think it ever would have occurred to me to make Lucerne's famous 13th century water tower out of chocolate (above). I mean, how would you have the nerve to eat it? Even the wedding cake below seems too marvelous to consume.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Confectionaries II

Even more choices!

The May Bug (above), by the way, is a much beloved/hated beetle in Europe.

"Once abundant throughout Europe and a major pest in the periodical years of 'mass flight', it had been nearly eradicated in the middle of the 20th century through extensive use of pesticides and has even been locally exterminated in many regions. However, since an increase in regulation of pest control beginning in the 1980s, its numbers have started to grow again." ~ Wikipedia

"Max and Moritz is a German language illustrated story in verse. This highly inventive, blackly humorous tale, told entirely in rhymed couplets, was written and illustrated by Wilhelm Busch and published in 1865." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016


Gübelin is a well-known name among Swiss jewelers and watchmakers. I never did figure out exactly what the purpose was for this clock I saw in Lucerne's underground, but I very much liked the artistic display.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sweet Breads

Not into chocolate? Neither am I really. But now sweet breads? That's another matter. Give me a nice steaming cup of black tea and one of these and--well, let's just say I sure am glad I don't live nearby. :-)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


No, not that kind of "confetti". After all, this is Switzerland! :-) This is chocolate confetti from Lucerne's underground market.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Les Bourgeouis III

"Les Bourgeouis de Calais" (detail) cast by Alexis Rudier, Kunstmuseum Basel

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Les Bourgeouis II

"Les Bourgeouis de Calais" (detail) cast by Alexis Rudier, Kunstmuseum Basel

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Les Bourgeouis

"Les Bourgeouis de Calais" cast by Alexis Rudier, Kunstmuseum Basel

Sunday, November 27, 2016


"The sandstone statue in Basel's Rathaus courtyard is Lucius Munatius Plancus, a Roman senator and officer of Julius Caesar when he founded the nearby city of Augusta Raurica in 44 B.C. It is the oldest Roman colony on the Rhine. The sculpture was created in 1580 by Hans Michel from Strasbourg. In the gallery are paintings from 1610 by Hans Bock. Above the left arch is a colorful tribute to when Basel joined the Swiss Federation in 1501." ~ Wikipedia

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Basel Minster

"The Basel Minster (German: Basler Münster) is one of the main landmarks and tourist attractions of the Swiss city of Basel. It adds definition to the cityscape with its red sandstone architecture and coloured roof tiles, its two slim towers and the cross-shaped intersection of the main roof. The Münster is listed as a heritage site of national significance in Switzerland.

Originally a Catholic cathedral and today a Reformed Protestant church, it was built between 1019 and 1500 in Romanesque and Gothic styles. The late Romanesque building was destroyed by the 1356 Basel earthquake and rebuilt by Johannes Gmünd, who was at the same time employed for building the Freiburg Münster. This building was extended from 1421 by Ulrich von Ensingen, architect of the cathedral towers at Ulm and Strasbourg. The southern tower was completed in 1500 by Hans von Nußdorf." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Basel Final 2016

"The 2016 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, the 45th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the seventh season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It was played at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland on 18 May 2016, between English team Liverpool and Spanish team and two-time defending champions Sevilla. Sevilla won the match 3–1 to become the first team to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League three times in a row; it was their record fifth title overall." ~ Wikipedia

Wednesday, November 23, 2016