Just a few steps from the train station, sat my hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland – Hotel Continental Park. The entrance is on a side street just steps away from the tracks. The lobby is simple and inviting and the front desk staff could not be any more friendly. The hall and doorway to my room remind me of my overnight train stays in Hungary. But the room itself is quite sweet.

Nothing fancy. Nothing plush. Just simple digs with welcome details like dramatic ribbons and roses crown molding and an elegant ceiling medallion. The rest of the room is a low lying, metal frame bed, a long desk, a tv, and a bathroom with a stall shower and, interestingly, no door.

The windows  in the room swing completely open. You’d never find that in the US. I love it. I can actually sit at the desk inside and be enjoying the sun and the breeze of the gorgeous day outside. I think school must have just let out, in fact, as a great deal of squealing and giggling is rising in the air and wafting through my fourth floor hotel room.

If you’re looking for simple and tidy, the Hotel Continental Park is ideally situated for a visit to lovely Lucerne.

jennyb150Jenny Block is the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called “Sex Talk with Jenny Block” (quickdfw.com). Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, and ellegirl.com.