Saturday, August 25, 2007

The final fall

The plan had been to visit the site of Sherlock Holmes's demise later in the week in parallel with reading The Final Problem but with the weather fine we decided to go to Meiringen and get on board the little funicular and go up to the Reichenbach waterfall. The site where Holmes and Moriarty fought and fell is eerily marked with a star and the thundering water is an ominous choice of location for the end of the great detective. The locals of course make as much of it as they can and they do it well, with a museum in the crypt of a church in the centre of town recreating Holme's lounge from Baker Street - on odd thing to find in the middle of Switzerland but such is the power of literature and the lasting appeal of the great detective.

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