I just got back from five days in Switzerland, where I got a great tour of the country from my college roommate, Lisa, who now lives there. Our other college roommate, Sarah, flew in from the US for the week, and the three of us had a great time catching up and making our way around a country that has four official languages, none of them English. We spent some time in Lisa’s current home, Lausanne, walking along Lake Geneva and enjoying the flowers, a nearby castle, and a great stroll in the hills among the terraced vineyards. Such a beautiful time to be out, with flowers at their peak and great glimpses of the mountains in France on the other side of the lake.
After a day in Lausanne, we took a train over to the east side of the country to visit St. Gallen, home of several beautiful churches, the most magnificent of which is the St. Gallen Cathedral. The cathedral was quite something, but we were actually there to visit the abbey library, which looks like this:
If that’s the abbey library, it’s probably not surprising that the cathedral itself looks like this inside:
The rest of the town was quite festive, too, with murals on the sides of buildings, patterned roofs, and bright colors distinguishing each building from its neighbor.