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While on a somewhat blogging hiatus over the recent holidays I was trying to come up with some fresh post topics for the new year. Here's my first effort: Dog a Day. Whenever I travel I miss my dog(s) that are left at home. So, not far into the trip I'm looking for dogs to pet and photograph no matter what country I'm traveling in. To begin this series I give you the Swiss Bernese Mountain Dog from a 2008 European trip.
Spotted this grand dog at an outdoor café in the historic center of Lucerne, Switzerland. The Bernese is as much a symbol of Switzerland as its red cross flag (flying from buildings in top left photo), chocolate, and fine timepieces. The Reuss River runs through the historic city center and cafes and shops line either side of the river where the Swiss enjoy the outdoors. The flower decked wooden Chapel Bridge spans the river and provides a beautiful walkway. This wooden bridge is one of the oldest in Europe, built in the 1330s. The inside bridge roof is covered with very old paintings. Middle right photo was taken from a cruise boat on Lake Lucerne and is the classic Swiss landscape of small wooden farmhouses and chalets nestled into the steep mountainside. Lower right is a shot of the cloud-covered Alps. I took this pic from the summit of Mount Pilatus near Lucerne. Getting to the summit involved thrilling rides in a cable car, ski lift AND aerial gondola! Think you'll agree that the view was worth the effort.
So, I hope you enjoyed this first Dog a Day post. If so, come back next week. Who knows where we'll go-Russia, Italy, France, New Zealand?
Linking to Mosaic Monday