This morning we leave Stresa and spend our the last of our time in Italy as we cross the boarder to Switzerland in a tunnel under the mountains. Today is a 3 train day spending about a hour on each, second train stops in Bern and change trains with time for a quick lunch stop back on another train to our next stop in Lucerne. Get checked into our hotel then off for a walk about the city a very nice afternoon with lots of sun, nice and warm. We check out the lion of Lucerne a sad monument craved in the stone wall dedicated to the 700 Swiss Guard who were killed in Paris in 1792, then on to the Kapellbrucke ( the Chapel Bridge) and the most important part of the walk a stop at a chocolate store for our free sample. Back to hotel for a bit of down time before meeting the rest of my group and off for dinner at a local restaurant and a beer, back to hotel and calling it a day, the first night in Switzerland. On the 23th Oct it is very foggy in Lucerne but I am off to the train station to head up the mountain of Pilatus by way of a cogwheel train car this is the steepest cogwheel railway line in the world at 48% incline, about half way up to the top we get above the fog into brite sunshine wow so nice to see the top of all the high mountains. Did a lot of walking along the top of the mountain great views just could not see into the valleys with the all lakes below :( had to come down the mountain by cogwheel train as the aerial cable way was shut down for maintenance, but still a very good day on the mountain. Once down the mountain back to Lucerne and into the fog with a little rain went to the Transportation Museum nice showing all type of transportation , trains, cars, motorcycles, planes and ships. Off for a walk to the city wall and the old clock tower but by the way of the chocolate store for a bit more chocolate. lol A stop for dinner on the way back to hotel at a Mexican restaurant for a beef and chicken flautas very nice.