A lurgy and a principality

It is not until you are outside of Australia that you realise how many words we use that aren’t actually real words but have somehow become ingrained into the language.  Lurgy is one of them.  It is a very general term for being sick…. I have a bad cold that is probably a chest infection.  That is why I have been out of action for the last few days…. I’ve got a lurgy.

DSC_0798Despite my lurgy, I managed to get out on the weekend to visit our neighbour – the principality of Liechtenstein (just east of Switzerland).  It is the tiniest place and looks very much like Switzerland.  They even use Swiss currency here.  Some say that the prince can be seen jogging around the streets saying hello to his citizens.

DSC_0797He apparently lives in the castle seen in the middle of the picture.

DSC_0811We didn’t really have a plan when we went there.  We just followed the road that winds up the mountain, stopped at a spot that looked nice,  and started walking long the river.

DSC_0808It turned out to be a nice day despite the low looming clouds.

DSC_0801Because of the abundant rain we have had there are plenty of slugs and snails around at the moment.  Some of them are huge.

DSC_0806And as always, there were some snow-capped mountains in the background.  So pretty.

DSC_0803We walked along the river at Steg and then went further up the mountain to Malbun for lunch.  This is very close to the Austrian border – it only takes about 1/2 hour from one side of this country to the other.

DSC_0814The Rhine river weaves its way through Europe.

DSC_0822Further down the mountain, beneath the clouds, the view was much clearer.  On the other side of the Rhine you can see Switzerland.






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