Thursday, July 24, 2008


The Löwendenkmal in Lucerne (or Luzern) was carved out of natural rock in memory of the deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792. Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.

It's a beautiful sight to see, and you have to appreciate the tremendous amount of work and skill that went into carving this monument. It would have been a better experience had it not been completely mobbed by tourists and surrounded by souvenir shops all trying to undercut one another on the price of postcards.

Guest post: carrie

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