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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

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich » Zürich August 12th 2017

Zurich our last stop on this adventure. We are back in the German speaking part of Switzerland so we now say hallo (hello) and danke (thank you). You feel like you have visited different countries with the multiple languages in Switzerland. We check into Hotel Alph then Christopher and I return our rental car at the airport. We don't need a car in Zurich. We take the train from the airport to Central Station, no stops and we walk about four blocks to our hotel. We walk around and we see hundreds of mostly young people swimming, playing volleybal, skate boardping, relaxing and dancping along the canal. Christopher and Brad decide to join them. They jump off a bridge then float and swim to a climb out spot. There are bars and DJ's playing music along ... read more
Riding my free bike
Beautiful city
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Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich July 13th 2017

Into our rental car to begin our drive and adventure to Baretswil From Gruyere. A lengthy but beautiful drive through the Alps passing Lausanne, Interlaken, Lucerne, Rapperswil and on to our sweet holiday apartment on a farm in the hills of Baretswil. Definitely a number of hair raising moments for Deb as we traveled through the switchbacks in the Alps 😱😱😱. OMG (was heard many times). En route we made a stop at a beautiful waterfall in the mountains which needed a closer look. It was a beautiful setting and came just at the right time for a short break from the driving. Located in the midst of a village, it was surrounded by gorgeous scenery and homes. A stop in Lucerne for a visit to a banking machine, and a quickie stop for a few ... read more
Drinking cool water at the falls!   Ahhhh.
Lovely village scenery at the falls
River from waterfall

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich June 2nd 2017

Had a slow start to the day as train to Zurich didn't leave until lunchtime, was expecting lots of tunnels and lots of mountains, got neither! Stephen kept saying I think we are going the wrong way, but we did eventually arrive in Zurich. Get off the train and find the taxi stand, get the first one in line, looks a bit grubby but ok, Stephen asks is he available, yes he says, it will be the taxifare plus 10 francs for the luggage....what???....10 francs for the luggage...well I spose we have no choice, I said, can hardly leave them at the railway station for three days can we, what a bloody rort! The taxi to our hotel was around ten minutes cost us 30 francs for trip plus 10 francs for suitcase.....40 francs all up ... read more
Zurich
Zurich
Zurich

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich » Zürich May 1st 2017

Someone said to me once that living in Europe is easy to tick off the countries as distances and prices are small... and that's true! With low-cost airlines, the price of flying London to Rome is cheaper than actually getting to the airport by train from anywhere in the UK, kind of ridiculous and bad for the environment, but that's how it is. We do travel a lot by car in Europe as well, but we don't always have the time and I have decided to visit at least one new country every year, so driving from UK is not always an option... long weekend in Zürich it is! Switzerland is country number 5 for Ella... she has already been in more countries than her age! :) Zürich is not expensive, is extremely expensive! but one ... read more
View from the flat with the Üetliberg on the background
The glamour of plane travel
Way down the Üetliberg




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