Tuesday, September 11, 2012

1st day in Switzerland

First stop was the historic city of Rapperswell on Lake Lucern, and a visit to the Cupucian Monastery and the Schloss Rapperswell. Lunch followed at the most gorgeous modern residence of Natalie, daughter of Margaret and Arwed, a most gracious hostess who provided a delicious luncheon and gave a tour of her home--an architectural masterpiece of modern design and the ultimate in domestic technology that should be highlighted by a modern architectural magazine. I have never seen anything like this in any such magazine. Afterwards a trip to the Einsiedeln Abbey for a private tour by Brother Thomas of the Church and Abbey and famous library--this being the home of the Benedictine order dating back to 934 A.D. and where pilgrimages are made to the Black Madona. Of course no day is complete without a ride through beautiful mountain passes which brought us back to our hotel.

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