First things, first – Below is a quick look at what I wore during this portion of our trip.
Outfit 1: J. CREW Dress, FOREVER 21 Boater Hat, RALPH LAUREN Bag, MARC FISHER Espadrilles
Outfit 2: DRAKE’S x J. CREW Dress, RALPH LAUREN Bag, COLE HAAN Loafers
Outfit 3: NORTH FACE Jacket, UNIQLO Top & Leggings, LONGCHAMP Backpack, K. SWISS Sneakers
Over the past few years, Eric and I have developed a love for road trips. We’ve let the wind run through our hair along the Pacific Coast Highway, peeped the fall foliage up and down the New England Coast, and zipped our way along the stunning shores of Oahu. We recently returned from our most epic adventure yet… a road trip through Switzerland!
We covered A LOT of ground in the two weeks while we were there, and I can’t wait to share our journey with you over the next couple of weeks… starting with our first stop: Lucerne!
We flew into Zurich (for just $370 roundtrip from NYC – thank you Hopper.com!), picked up our rental car from the airport and made a beeline to Meggen (a quiet suburb of Lucerne) where we booked a two-night stay at La Tortuga. This was our first time staying at a bed and breakfast, and it was such a delightful experience that I hope to make into a habit when traveling from now on. The house and grounds were absolutely gorgeous – picture an indoor swimming pool, wet and dry saunas, and a panoramic view of the surrounding lakes and mountains. Our hosts were extremely gracious and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable.
This is the view we enjoyed from our patio where we enjoyed a fresh, organic breakfast each morning. Not bad, right?!
Determined to fight our jet lag, we decided to head into the city to stretch our legs for a few hours and enjoy dinner. From our research, we knew that the city was very walkable. So we left the car behind and hopped the local bus into Lucerne where we were dropped off right in front of the train station.
Right away we spotted one of Lucerne’s most iconic landmarks, the Kapellbrücke (or covered bridge). We took a leisurely (and romantic) stroll across while stopping to take in the artwork (and snap a few photos) along the way. Once you’re across the bridge, there are tons of restaurants along the River Reuss to choose from. After briefly consulting Yelp reviews, we wound up at Hotel des Alpes
which did not disappoint. After an early dinner, we continued exploring the Old Town before heading back to our room for a good night’s sleep.
Like most cities in Switzerland, Lucerne is pretty compact and most landmarks can be covered in a day or two. Below is the route we took with must-see sites marked along the way…