My parents were also touring Europe during the summer that I was attending school. I don't know if they had arranged that to check up on me with the potential of bailing me out if needed, or if it was sheer coincidence. (I have an opinion, however.) It was fun to take the train to Switzerland to meet up with them and others from Vicksburg for a weekend in Lucerne and environs. Plus they were able to refill my cash supply, which periodically ran low.

Oddly I don't remember very much about any of the logistics of the summer, such as how I paid for extras. I do recall one time needing to get a money wire from home, but I have no memory how that worked. At the end of the trip, I took a jaunt on my own to Berlin, but I cannot recall how I made the airline and hotel reservations or how I paid for them.

As one example, I managed to break my glasses the night before leaving home, but I didn't tell my parents because my mother was already a basket case over my pending adventure. It wasn't until the weekend in Lucerne that they discovered the glasses were broken. I think that somehow new glasses arrived before the trip was over, but I can't tell how. Things just happened by magic! (I generally wore contacts at that time, so the broken glasses weren't a huge tragedy from my perspective.)

Lion of Lucerne

The Lion of Lucerne commemorates the Swiss Guards, mercenaries in the service of Louis XVI of France, who died in the attempt to defend the king and his family.

The inscription translates: "to the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss."

Chapel Bridge & Water Tower, Lucerne

The Chapel Bridge is the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland, perhaps in Europe and dates to the 14th century, although I'm sure it had few original bits left. There were 16th century paintings under the roof.

The water tower also dates to the 14th century. Among other things it has been used as a prison.

Jesuit Church, Lucerne

The building with the towers is the Jesuit Church. It was begun in the 17th century, but not completed until the late 19th century. Lucerne retained its Catholic orientation after the Reformation, unlike Zurich and Geneva, and the Jesuits were invited to start a college in the city.

Folkloric show, Lucerne

For one of the lunches we attended a folkloric performance that included this Alpenhorn. It is an instrument designed to signal across miles in the open air, so hearing it in this confined space was pretty overwhelming!

Flag twirling

Another part of the show included this flag twirler. The demonstration was exciting, especially when a corner of the flag clipped the forehead of one of the guests. It cut him pretty badly, but at least it didn't hit an eye.

Swiss Village

My parents' group left Lucerne on a tour bus and the company allowed me to join them. This Swiss village shows the weather I had come to expect.


We traveled through Liechtenstein.

I believe our only stop was a brief one to buy postcards and say that we had been there.

This is Vaduz Castle as seen from the postcard shop or gas station or wherever it was that we stopped.

Arlberg Pass

The note on my slide identifies this as the Arlberg pass.

I don't recall where their next destination was or where I left their tour to catch a train back to Kochel. Since we traveled through Liechtenstein and the Arlberg, I'm guessing that they were heading to Vienna and that they dropped me off in Innsbruck to catch a train back to Munich.

It was fun to see them. Don't know why I didn't take any pictures of my folks.

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