Thursday, 21 August 2008

Mountain High

Going down the funicular
IMG_7758 Good walk + cold beer = relaxIMG_7702

Took a ride on another funicular up the Harder mountain (1585m).

The ride has a length of 1435m and climbs 755m to the upper station (Harder Kulm at around 1300m) near the summit.

There were plenty of tracks to explore and we ended up taking the boys up to the summit.. It was good walk for an adult but impressive for someone with little legs. Well done guys. They enjoyed the views and had fun on the scary bits..

The summit consisted of two small ridges with a small seat on each and not much else.  See you can see below.


Lyon Text (finally)

Lyon is fantastic! Lots of big city appeal with plenty of character. Every second street we came across presented a great photo opportunity.

The big ferris wheel was the star attraction for the boys. I was pretty taken with the architecture, especially Cath├ędrale St-Jean (just when I thought I had seen enough church architecture).

Parking was a breeze. Huge underground car parks all around the city, they charge 1/10th of Auckland rates and they are all pretty empty - probably because public transport is so good. Yes - its been 8 months but my hatred of our Auckland transport system is still very much alive.

We caught the metro to the Cathedral which included a ride on a is a funicular up the steep hill overlooking the city. It was pretty cool. We then checked out the roman amphitheatre and tramped down the steep hill across the river and back up the hill on the other side in the direction of Croix-Rousse: the boys managed well and went to bed pretty early (for a change).

And the bronze medal goes to..

Check out Jack's practice for the luge event at the next Winter Olympics.
The speed was a little unexpected, something to do with a wet slide and plastic raincoat. Fortunately there was no damage but the playback provided plenty of humour for the rest of the day.