Posts about Lucerne

The Lion and Them

"Because the Swiss have been politically neutral for centuries and have long enjoyed a reputation for honoring their agreements, a pope or emperor could be confident that his Swiss Guards wouldn’t turn on him when the political winds shifted direction. The Swiss Guards’ honor was put to the test in 1792, when–after trying to escape […]

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Tennis No More

Orange sanded, abandoned tennis courts in an exclusive sports club and residential area on the Bürgenstock near Lake Lucerne. They reminded me of playing tennis in western France during an exchange visit when I was fifteen, where the tennis courts were similarly covered in dusty pine cones. The Bürgenstock is a strange place, with a […]

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