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Day Twenty-Eight: Switzerland

August 28, 2006

There’s no doubt Switzerland has made the world a better place. Or at least made certain little things in the world better (than anyplace else). Let us review:

  • Chocolate
  • Pocket knives
  • Watches
  • Banking
  • Cheese
  • Fondue
  • Cough drops
  • Tennis players
  • Skis
  • Cable cars
  • Rescue Dogs
  • The Alphorn
  • Human Welfare
  • That little thing called the internet(s) (OK, so it was an Englishman working in Switzerland.)

(photo by Gaby Kaminsky)

The heart of Switzerland is Lake Lucerne (above), the mountain lake where William Tell famously skedaddled (and later freed Switzerland from ruthless tyranny!).

“All because of a hat,” muses Orange Bear. “Can a hat have such power?”

He glances over at Mr. Crumpet.

“Don’t answer that.”

Mr. Crumpet and Orange Bear were mesmerized by the fairy tale charms of Lucerne, the medieval city on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Actually, those two fell in love with the whole country the second they stepped off the train.

“For me, it was the second I stepped on the train,” corrects Orange Bear. “The Chocolate Train.”

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