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Date: Saturday, July 19, 1958
Place: Lucerne, Switzerland
Weather: Warm

Woke up this morning to the ringing of church bells – don’t see how the people around here could ever be late for mass. After breakfast, Sue and I hurried to the stores to spend our money and I do mean spend! Got my charm, a little man on skis, and then went to Gubelin’s where I got one of those Rainbow watches ($55.00). (Mom and Dad just got me a watch last Christmas!) It has a gold base and leather straps that you can change, also other colored bases. I got a light blue one, and a black one, plus straps to match, and a pink one. Got two chalet music boxes ($9.40) to sent to Aunt Marie and Jan and my spoon.

After lunch I went back and got two more straps – red and beige and then at 3:00 John took us swimming at Lido Beach. The mountains around there were just beautiful and did it seem good to go swimming again. We soaked up some sun, and gazed at the people in their bikinis who looked at us as if we were over-dressed.

After supper, Sue and I went back downtown and guess what I got: a navy blue strap and white base, a green base and strap, and a yellow one! Do you think I’ll have enough? No wonder I had to send home for more money! Also got mom a beautiful wood-carved lazy susan that turns around and has a music box in the base. Had coffee at the Red Garter!

(Judy was lax today and didn’t record the cost of all her purchases!)

Lucerne is located in central Switzerland and its people are primarily German-speaking. One of the city’s most famous sights is the KapellbrĂĽcke (Chapel Bridge), Europe’s oldest wooden covered bridge, originally built in 1333. The interior of the bridge contains 17th century paintings of events from Lucerne’s history.

Another one of the city’s landmarks is the Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument). The sculpture was designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and carved by stone mason Lucas Ahorn. The limestone carving commemorates the death of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution in 1792.

Lion Monument

Lion Monument. Image courtesy of Olaf Arndt via a Creative Commons license

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