Day Trip to Luzern, Switzerland...

In honour of SWISS player Roger Federer's 5th straight US Open Championship Win... I will take you back to 1992 and a stunning city...
My mother and I went to Europe... first stop was Paris... and Luzern (Lucerne), Switzerland was one of the cities we stayed over night on our way to Firenze (Florence) and Milano (Milan)... above is a brochure from our trip.
Here is Fifi near the famous bridge... soon after we left Luzern the "Chapel Bridge" was almost totally destroyed by fire... so glad I got to see the original... I heard that it was replicated... sorry. I have no research for this post... you can learn more about this GORGEOUS city HERE
Overview of Luzern
Along the river that flows into Lake Luzern
My mother in front of the "Lion Monument" carved into the rock

Beautiful street lamps
Reuss River in old part of Luzern, I believe... don't quote me.
Amazing architecture
More amazing architecture...

And even more amazing architecture...

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL... and so clean! Loved Luzern... SHOPPING WAS FAB! Food wonderful! Our hotel room was pristine and all WHITE... sorry I don't have more pictures from Switzerland. We arrived early in the morning EXHAUSTED from being awake all night on a train... and I could not think anything but SLEEP! (And speaking of exhausted... in present day NOW... I'm just too tired to finish my Swiss painting... I will try to add one to this post around noon... kids back in school... more time to paint... but I was too busy watching tennis... playing a little painting hooky... lol... OK... here is my LATE AFTERNOON paintings of Luzern Switzerland... painted VIRTUALLY from the historical Grand Hotel National built in 1870... I did not stay here truly... but if I could return... I would love to stay in this magnificent suite... and since this is my post... I'm pretending I'm staying there... you can join me...
Looks like a lovely view outside... shall we go out on the terrace... enjoy the view... pop open that champagne and celebrate... "Cheer's to the 2008 U.S. Open tennis champion!"

I hope you enjoyed this little memory of mine and our new virtual stay... and CONGRATULATIONS ROGER! He is like Luzern... AMAZING!

21 comments:

Jude said...

Is there anywhere you haven't been?!! Thanks for sharing these pics.

I still owe you a pic of your painting! I haven't forgotten, but find myself in the weeds again and am way behind on everything. I'll e-mail you soon.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Lovely place. Thanks for the tour. I look forward to the painting. It's hard to tell you from your Mom in some of the far away pictures. :)

Fifi Flowers said...

Unfortunately... there are MANY places I've never been... but I hope to get to when kids go off to college or SOONER... these days the only way I travel is VIRTUALLY right here!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

This is a lovely post. Enjoyed it very much. It's ready for "Taxidiaris" in Greek!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Lucerne looks beautiful! And your art is lovely as well :-) Thanks for stopping by!

please sir said...

Oh yah thanks for the lovely tour...I miss traveling so much!

Tracey said...

I love the virtual travel you share with us! It may be the only way I will get to see some of these places :)
Thanks

Mary-Laure said...

Wow, thanks, I had no idea Switzerland's cities could be so beautiful - I thought it was all banks and chocolate factories...

Donna said...

What a lovely place Lucerne is. Great architecture, I love old cities.

Fifi Flowers said...

Sorry so late with paintings... and sorry I could not do more... ENJOY... Fifi

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Ahhhh I came back to see if you posted your painting and walla you did. I LOVE the virtual hotel room suite. Can I stay there too?
What a view off the balcony. :O

Millie said...

Dear Fifi - the closest I've come to seeing any of Switzerland is spending a 9 hr. lay-over in Zurich Airport! So how wonderful to pay a virtual visit to Lucerne this morning.

My favourite pic is definitely the streetscape with the gorgeous lights - just divine!
Millie ^_^

Diane said...

You have fun girl... cherish every moment.

Ann said...

What a lovely city. Your paintings are so charming and lovely.

nikkicrumpet said...

WHat an exquisite city! And your paintings do it justice! As always!

Mariafer said...

Hi Fifi, thanks so much for stopping by. I have long admired your beautiful paintings, I remember the doors you did for P.Grey they were stunning!
My rooms are all yours....
Maria.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh I just love going on journeys with you! :-) I've been to Switzerland but not Luzern. It looks fantastic, and your painting of the hotel is just perfect!

Tinsie said...

I love Luzern. I never saw the original Kapellbrücke but the replacement looked pretty good to me :-)

Elizabeth said...

I always love your pictorial stories, and the photos you take are as great as your paintings. You just have a great "eye"!

Anonymous said...

Ficamos muito alegres e contentes por podermos viajar um pouco pela via da beleza e assim desfrutarmos
da sensibilidade presente no seu blog.
A pintura que você fez a partir das fotos da nossa casa é ao mesmo tempo uma bela expressão desse lugar que tanto amamos como também da sua sensibilidade, imaginação e criatividade. Estamos muito felizes de saber que nossa filha Ana Balbinot encomendou esse quadro, trazendo para nós uma face da nossa casa vista pelo seu olhar de artista.
Thanks
Love,
Ronaldo & Vilma (Ana's parents)

Chris said...

Wow, fabulous! Love it ALL! :)

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