A couple of days after Petra’s mother’s funeral we went to the Shrine of Our Lady of Einsiedeln. Petra wanted to light a candle in honor of her mother. Even though Petra is an atheist, like me (Thank God!), she did it in respect to her mother.
I thought the Black Madonna came from Africa.
Its dark color has been traditionally explained as the product of years of candle smoke. Throughout the Middle Ages, as many as 50,000 pilgrims streamed into this Benedictine monastery each week. Despite temporary setbacks to the pilgrimage tradition during the Reformation and especially the major destruction during the French Revolution, Einsiedeln continues to receive pilgrims – about 200,000 each year.
We had a typical Swiss lunch: sausage with a piece of bread and a beer.
We then went for a walk in the hills about a kilometer from the Shrine. Mia was with us. We thought we could let her walk without a leash but her nose is out of control and she would not obey and follow us.
You walk a lot in Switzerland! I think that is why Swiss people live long lives.