Stuttgard - Titise - Rhinesfalls - Lucerne
The members of the group. We posed for a group photograph in front of the hotel before the day's journey began.
The NH Stuttgart Airport Hotel as the first hotel that we stayed in Europe. This is here we did our first cooking for our meals. Despite the assurance from the tour leader that it would be OK to use our electrical equipments from Malaysia which operates on 220 volts, Pak Idrus's caution that they are not compatible brought some sense of apprehensions. Anyway all went well and we cooked our pot of rice. In fact the rice cooked was more than the nights need as we also prepared some extra for the next day's lunch which we will reheat the next morning.
We had a nice dinner of rice with all the cooked items brought from home. We had fried beef marinated in tumeric, boiled salted eggs, fried anchovies, sambal tumis, beef and fish floss (sambal daging dan sambal ikan). That as a sumptous dinner by any standard.
Breakfast at the hotel as great. Bread was the main staple beside cereals. Scrambled eggs and hard boiled eggs were our favourites. I was going for a second helping of scrambled eggs and stopped after the chef put in sausages in the scrambled egg tray.
Beautiful houses near the hotel.
Undulating landscape was the common sight along the way in Europe. They were mostly green meadows covered with green grass which will become fodder for the cattle. In some fields they were being turned into hays for the inter.
Hamlets like these break the monotony of the undulating fields of grasses.
Titise was a tourist ton with a beautiful lake. Both sides of the street leading to the lakes were lined with shops selling goods and souvenirs to tourists.
An unused boat was used as a planter box to landscape the town.
Boat cruise was available but we did not take it as there seems to be not much to see.
There were wild ducks on the lake. When I approached them, they flew off. I caught them while in flight.We had lunch by the lakeside before leaving for Shaffhausen in Switzerland to see the Rhinesfalls which is the biggest fall in Europe. When we crossed the border from Germany into Switzerland, there was no border check at all. It seems to be One Europe in the true sense of the word. Euros are legal tender in both countries but the Swiss Francs are still used.
The Rhinesfalls with roaring waters. If the falls was in Malaysia, some smart donkeys must have suggested it to made into a hydro electric generator to make some money from the construction.
Somebody is guarding the bridge to the jetty lest I cross over to shop.
The view from the cafetria where the jetty is located. I wanted to ride the boat to the fall but there wasn't time.
To experience such a boat ride would be great. It is almost similar to the Niagara Falls albeit on a smaller scale.
The souvenir shop on the jetty. The shop minders were happy to pose for a picture. Most others declined to be photographed.
The Swiss Army knives on display. I think they were slightly cheaper here since they were quoted in Swiss Francs.Many of our members bought souvenirs from here.
Soon we reached our hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland. The tour leader was given an instruction in English telling us not to cook in the room. Trouble started at this hotel when a member of one of the previous group used a heating coil to boil water to cook his instant noodle. A plastic container as used and due to sheer negligence, the plastic container melted off producing smokes which set off the fire alarm at the fire station. Even the hotel staff was not aware of the alarm until the firemen came to the hotel with siren blazing. Ofcourse the room occupant denied of any rong doing until they found the evidence of melted plastic in the room and the heating coil hidden in the bag.
To top the it all the hotel carpet as sodden with water. The occupant of the room had used a bucket to pour water over his body when bathing like he used to do at home. Since there was no water outlet in the bathroom and the bathroom floor was slightly elevated over the room floor, water just flowed over the carpeted room damaging the carpet.
He was given the choice of either to be reported to the police and remain in custody until the case was settled or pay for the damage he had done. He opted to pay for the damage and his pocket was relieved of Euro 800.
Due to the mishap, the tour leader reminded our group on how to use the bathtub and never to forget to put the base of the shower screen in the tub. So much has to be taught to adults who prefer to remain stupid for the rest of their adult life.
Since there was still some daylight hours, I prefer to roam the areas around the hotel.
Bicycles are widely used as transport in town.
The articulated tram is a mass people mover.
Compact cars are in trend.
Majestic buildings are aplenty.
An ornately decorated door
Japanese bikes are available here too.
If you are an adult and not put off by nudity, scroll down to see hat they show on German TV. It was freely available in the previous hotel we stayed in in Stuttgart. It was available only on pay TV in the hotel in Switzerland.
I did pixelate certain part of the anatomy so that you wont be put off by the sight of pubic hairs.
I did warn you.
This was mild compared to what was shown at other times.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Stuttgard - Titise - Rhinesfalls - Lucerne