Europe,  Switzerland

unexpected lucerne

Yesterday, I ended up in Luzern, and I fell in love with it, in spite of the very cold, very gloomy weather.
I started my morning out in Basel with a quite train ride chai tea latte and a cheeky chocolate chip bun.
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The train ride was about one hour, and the second I stepped off the train, I was hit with a bone chilling gust of wind. It was absolutely freezing. I was especially thankful for planning the KKL art museum as my first stop in Lucerne, and even better, the museum was right next to the train station, so I could dodge the cold for a bit.
The KKL museum is incredible… It’s absolutely stunning. The structure of the actual building looks like art in itself, and the art actually displayed is so lovely. It’s modern and contemporary primarily, but there’s also a little bit more traditional art there as well (it’s only a BIT more traditional).
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The art here made you really think, and its meaning was to be interpreted by the viewer. Some people might not consider this art, well, art, but I was fascinated with every piece. It reminded me a bit of the Pompidou in Paris, my all time favorite museum.
I found this exhibit very interesting, as it was displayed in a pitch black room, and you had to bring a flashlight into the room to see anything.
Once you shined the light on the photographs, you learned they were quite… mature in nature, and it made the whole darkness display make sense. Well, at least it made sense to me. Again, the meaning of the art is really up to you to interpret. I loved it.
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This was one of the more traditional pieces housed in the KKL.
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After exiting the museum, it had warmed up, thankfully. I wandered around to some churches.
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The first church I stepped into was the Jesuit church. It was so breathtaking. The pastel colors inside the building reflected the light from the windows in the most etherial way.
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It reminded me of a palace, with all of the gaudy adornments. I fell in love with the church and spent quite a while in here, just looking at all of the beautiful decor and the detail put into the work.
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I headed to another church, however I wasn’t allowed to take photos. The style was much more earthy, while still being stunning. There was much more natural wood, as well as green and brown tones throughout the place. Again, beautiful, but in a completely different way. Below, after some photos of the walk to this next church, is the outside of the Franciscan chuch.
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I found myself near the old town and did some lazy exploring.
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I stopped for a little lunch treat, lasagne, before walking around Lake Luzern, what some argue is the heart of Switzerland.
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I found myself in awe of the lake, with the beautiful peaks of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus in the background, and ended up taking an hour long lake cruise.
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Lucern was so so wonderful, and I can’t wait to return again.

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