いらつしゃいませ!!

In Japan, when you enter a store or a restaurant or a home, the hosts will call out "いらつしゃいませ!"(Ira'shaimase), which means something like "Welcome!" "Come on in!" Which is what I say to you, new and old friends, as I share random thoughts and creations to whomever is interested.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Day 8: Lucerne

Lucerne, Switzerland

Mark Twain called it "The saddest, most moving piece of rock in the world."

Lucerne Lion

This is one of the most emotional pieces I have painted.  It is actually mixed media.  I tried to paint a cave feeling with the words above it and messed up beyond what is acceptable to even etegami. So I printed out part of the photo in black and white, added the words in Photoshop and pasted it over the disaster.  The anguish on the lion's face was something I did not think I could capture but I feel it now as I look at it.  
I even put my hanko on sideways by accident
(and seriously, how many of you would've noticed this?) but have left it that way.
 It is also laying down in anguish.
The words say "To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss"


Arriving in Basel, we were so happy to see our Swiss cousin-once-removed
 standing at the dock waiting for us! Joerg was a wonderful guide and drove us places we might not have gone to on our own.


video


We got to hear a man playing an Alpine horn by the lion statue.  It felt like he was playing a Swiss version of Taps to honor fallen soldiers.  Very beautiful moment.

This is the very famous covered bridge in Lucerne.  It burned down once but was rebuilt.  There are paintings under the roof of bridge but they are now replicas. Of course, the flowers are so gorgeous!






So picturesque!

Sailing painting

We took a boat (not a sailboat) on Lake Lucerne.  Was amazed to find out that most boats going from one point to another are a part of their mass transit system and you can get a Mass Transit pass that includes trains, boats, buses and trams.  
Very convenient to get around.


It was finally a beautiful day and people were out on sailboats, paddle-boats and even tubes.  We wished we were, too!


At the opposite side of Lake Lucerne, we ate a lovely lunch at an outdoor cafe
 and enjoyed the spectacular view!!




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