With heavy hearts and thoughts to those in the States, we packed our bags, left the beautiful Schweizerhof, and headed to a boat cruise along Lake Luzern before heading to Zürich. From the lake, we took in the beauty of the Swiss Alps, the gorgeous homes along the water, and just a little bit of Brazil. Ok, maybe just a statue similar to Christ the Redeemer.
We left the AmaCello and departed for Switzerland. We were supposed to arrive in Basel, but due to a broken river lock, the AmaCello was forced to return to our last port of Breisach (where we toured the Black Forest). It was bittersweet to say farewell to most of our fellow passengers as only about a third of us were continuing the journey to the land of cheese and chocolate.
Since we were due to begin the land extension in Basel, we traveled by bus to the cosmopolitan city. The first thing we noticed about our first Swiss town was how cold it was. By far, this was the chilliest of all the places we visited and it was hard to admire the medieval character of this Swiss banking center.