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Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich July 8th 2019

I took a different way into the city today - go figure there was some demonstration so my tram was detoured and of course all the announcements were only in German. I followed my GPS dot on Google Maps and hoped for the best lol. Thankfully the detour ended two stops before my stop. I love taking trams, btw. It gives you a more intimate view of the city - little neighborhoods, people getting their groceries, kids dribbling ice cream everywhere, all that good stuff lol. Anyway, I ventured out on my boat cruise today - stifling hot in the sun, so it was gorgeous on the water and the breeze did absolute wonders. I made sure to sit in the shade - it's the first time I've been chilly all week! I was so content ... read more
Lake Zurich
Lake Zurich
Lake Zurich

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich July 7th 2019

You know what's a weird little travel thing I love? Sitting on the train platform when the high speed trains go by - I love the gust of wind, I love the sound (whistle mixed with a slight clickity-clack). Anyway, short one today. I didn't "plan" today I simply went into the city to wander around for a bit. I overheard some people talking about the "Festival" yesterday so I'm like k cool, day planned lol. I got off at the main station and just wandered down towards the waterfront and sure enough - Festival! Turns out it's a big deal - like it only happens once every 3 years for 2 days kind of big deal. Basically the entire core is shut down with rides, food stalls, music stages, and games. There were also dragon ... read more
View down the canal/part of the festival
Ferris wheel in front of Fraumunster Church
Dragon boat

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich July 4th 2019

Yesterday was a bit of a travel adventure. I'll explain at the bottom - but first today! Today I went full guns a blazin' - Rhine Falls and Uetliberg mountain. Rhine Falls are continental Europe's largest... I'll admit the pictures beforehand made them look dinky, but even though they are short they are POWERFUL. I will forever love the roar of a good waterfall - it's so soothing yet mighty. The mist didn't hurt either, with this heat. The viewing platform pretty much puts you inside the fall, you're that close. It's amazing. I listened and just soaked it all in for about an hour before a giant gaggle of tourists showed up and the vibe died lol. Back to the city I go. I've quickly learned the chocolate shops in the touristy areas often give ... read more
Rainbow at Rhine
Rhine Falls
Rhine Falls

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich June 19th 2019

We get up and walk to the station. We’re going to visit Zurich, which is 10 miles to the north. I purchase 3 return tickets which are so expensive I wonder briefly if I’ve accidentally bought the train. The nice lady in the ticket office explains that she’s giving us tickets to Uetliberg because they’re the same price as Zurich and Uetliberg is a nice place to visit in the mountains. We spend the morning in Zurich, walking along the river to the Fraumünster and over the bridge to the Grossmünster churches then visit the Kunsthaus. It’s a really good art gallery with lots of works by artists the old man has heard of. The rest of my family are philistines; while I wander round enjoying the art, they sit on a bench checking their social ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich » Zürich May 4th 2019

Many of you know that I have enjoyed rail travel in the past. Whether across our great country, or the famous Trans Siberian Railway across Russia, I have enjoyed most every trip. And for those of you still working, yes, train travel is for retirees, since it takes more time. Here are some interesting train facts. Train stations, once quaint and archaic expressions of architecture and beauty, are becoming the bustling nerve centers of many of the world’s largest cities. Train travel is convenient and can be much easier than traveling by car or bus, but that does not mean it doesn’t come with a cost. Train travel makes it easy to connect parts of city, region, town or country. However, of the many train stations in the world, there are quite a few that currently ... read more
Penn Station, NYC
Shinjuku station, Tokyo
TSR, from Vladivostok to Moscow

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich » Zürich September 20th 2018

After a minimal breakfast, we headed towards the Tourist Information Office in the Hauptbahnhof railway station to see about a day pass for transport. When we told the lady there that we wanted to take the trian to the Uetliberg scenic overlook, take a short lake cruise, and ride the trams around town some, she was kind enough to explain the system and recommend a day transport pass for 17 CHFs that would cover all that at no additional cost. We bought the two passes and soon found the platform for the S10 train to Uetliberg and were on our way. The train passes underground a bit, then starts heading out of town and soon uphill. Half way there, when we stopped at a stop, about 10 or 12 little kids, like 5 or 6 years ... read more
The docks at Burkliplatz
Ganymed  statue at Burkliplatz
Deloitte AG building just off Burkliplatz

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich » Zürich September 19th 2018

We packed up, had our normal hostel breakfast, and hit the road again, this time heading to Zurich, Switzerland. This time not only did we not have many tunnels, and no long ones, but about half the trip we beside the beautiful Lake Zurich. My wife was trying to take photos every few minutes! As usual, the roads were good and there was little traffic, so we arrived in Zurich by a little after 10am. Unlike the last two times, we had no problems with the route the car's navigation system came up with, but this time the hostel was on a back street with no apparent parking nearby. We ended up going back across the bridge to a place we'd passed with metered parking and a few open spots. We pulled into one, put 3 ... read more
Most unusual ping pong table
Hostel Otter, Zurich, Switzerland
Break room/Kitchen at Hostel Otter

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich July 5th 2018

This morning i was up early to shower, pack and eat some breakfast as Tonz and I are going to pick up Vince & Alison at 9:15am. Before I left, Nina came upstairs with Evi to say goodbye and then I went downstairs to say goodbye to Muma & Pupa. Always sad to say goodbye but hopefully I will see them all agIan in the not too distant future. Our plan today is to pick up a hire car from Köln airport for a road trip to Switzerland! We picked Vince & Alison up pretty much on time and got to the airport around 10am. Tonz dropped us off and we all said farewell. We are all so grateful for everything he did for us. Truly a fabulous host. After a bit of confusion on where ... read more
The rain!!
Beautiful Switzerland
Panorama of the lake

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich December 27th 2017

Nachdem ich 2000 schon mit dem Auto durch den Gotthardtunnel und 1998 mit dem Zug durch den alten Gotthard-Eisenbahntunnel gefahren bin, habe ich mir für diesmal die Fahrt durch den neuen Tunnel mit dem Zug vorgenommen. Daher habe ich für heute die Strecke mit dem Eurocity von München nach Zürich gebucht. Die Reise begann allerdings etwas dumm mit dem Ausfall der geplanten S-Bahn. Zum Glück war ich ein paar Minuten früher am S-Bahnhof und konnte gerade noch die S-Bahn davor erwischen. Am Münchner Hauptbahnhof bin ich an einem neuen Starbucks in der unterirdischen Passage vorbei gegangen. Ich hatte ja schon zuhause 3 oder 4 Espressi getrunken und wollte im Eurocity noch einen Kaffee trinken. Der Zug war bis zur Schweiz nur zur Hälfte gefüllt und erst ab Sankt Gallen wurde er voller. Ich habe die gleiche ... read more
Einfahrt mit dem Eurocity nach Lindau am Bodensee.
Einfahrt mit dem Eurocity nach Lindau am Bodensee.
Waadtländer Saucisson als Vorspeise in Zürich.

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich September 29th 2017

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