– Arrived at Lucerne at nine o’clock. A very beautiful place.
14,000 inhabitants with many excellent hotels.
July 16th – Left for Brionx. We crossed the lake at night to see the Goissback Fall. At 9:01 o’clock it was illuminated with Bengal lights. Well worth seeing.
Arrived at Interlaken where we purchased many articles of woodwork carving. The town is beautifully situated between the Lakes Thur and Brienz and two very high mountains. From the hotel we had a fine view of the peaks of the Jungfran. The plain between is flat and green with many large walnut trees about the houses.
July 18th – Left for Leukebad, reaching Kanderstag at night. Next morning we took horses over to Gemini Pass, which was very fine. In a few hours we were above the line for trees to grow, passing many snowfields and getting wet with rain; our hands being so benumbed that we could not use them. We were above the clouds at times. On our left, close by, was a peak covered to the summit with snow and glaciers. There is a lake at the top called Danbensee, which still had some ice and snow on it. It is frozen over eight months. On the north side of the mountains we were above all vegetation, except some grass and lichens. The climb to Leukebad was more than perpendicular; in many places accomplished by a series of zigzags, which were wonderful. Reaching the town, we went to the baths in a large building, where we saw over 95 persons of all ages and sizes sitting in water up to their necks, playing chess, drinking coffee on floating tables, etc.
July 20th – Rained all night. In the morning we saw the mountains
covered with snow which fell last night.
Went to see the Gorge of the Frient, which runs through a Mt. 1000 ft.
high. Very grand. Thence to the Falls of Sallenete 120 ft. high –
23 – Went to the Merde Clare Glacier; walked half way across –
well worth seeing. Scenery around Chamouni very fine.
July 24 – After a pleasant visit to Geneva, took a boat for Lausanne, where we spent the night and from thence in the cars to Freiburg; remained until the next morning. Lausanne is beautifully situated. At half past eight in the evening we heard the grand organ. The music was perfectly grand. The fine tones were particularly charming, being so rendered as to appear at a great distance, the louder tones were so played as to imitate rain and thunder. We were admitted by tickets at the expense of one franc.
July 26 – Left early for Bern; remained until the afternoon, during
which time we saw the great clock with its puppet show of bears, which
march around at the time of striking each hour, during which a cock also
flaps its wings and crows. We visited the bear pits, saw four of them
fed by strangers from above, which bread, cakes and nuts. The bears exhibited
themselves in various positions, one rising on its turning around on its
hind legs and then opening its mouth to receive the pieces of bread which
were thrown to it. All the stores here have toys representing bears to
a ridiculous excess, wood models of them, of candy, bread bears and bears
on the cakes. Bern is a very pretty place. The peasants (women) dress
in this place very pretty.