Thursday, 27 April 1978
Milan to outside Lucerne.
Early start (7.30) to see the cathedral in Milan – Gothic style, 1500 spires, statues large inside, poor light, many stained windows.
Through very interesting country to Lugano (Switz) for lunch. Beautiful lakeside. Rich colour in flowers. Cooler.
St Goddard tunnel not open (or coach too wide for train). Had to take another pass – San Bernadino. Magnificent views.
This detour involved much extra travel but traversed high mountains where you could see villages down in the valley even though it was very misty.
Reached the hotel right on Lake Lucerne at 7.30. Day very long and a number of people sick on the bus in the last section.
Hotel window overlooked the lake and high snow covered peaks were in the distance.