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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 » Horgen June 18th 2019

The experiment is over. Time to load the equipment back into the van. After a final trip to the PSI café, we set off for Horgen, a town on the shores of Lake Zürich. The Italians were in charge of loading the pumps but at the first few roundabouts there are creaks and clunks. So we end up in General Electric car park for half an hour resecuring everything. It’s a hot drive – the temperature is pushing 30 degrees so once in Horgen, we head straight for the Sportbad; a 50m open air pool with adjacent lake swimming area. We relax and swim in the pool. Daughter no 2 swims in the lake but I wuss out and make do with sitting semi emerged on the steps. Then we check into our B&B. We’ve been ... read more
Packing up
Sportbad Käpfnach

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 May 1st 2019

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Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Glarus October 29th 2018

We knew it was going to be wet today but we didn't bargain on it being quite so cold. We had a low of 5 and a high of 9. Never mind, we had a city tour in mind which would work in well with the weather and we did have warm clothes. Chur (pronounced Core) is just over 2 hours train ride from here so manageable for a day trip. We arrived in Chur in the middle of the day and set off for the Old Town which is through the new town and up the hill. The first feel on entry is that it feels spacious and not hemmed in but off the main square are many narrow streets with little over bridges joining one building to another across the street. Also there are ... read more
A little overbridge in an old street in Chur
A colourful street in Old Chur

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Glarus September 30th 2018

Once again we have another lovely sunny and calm day although we expect it to change for tomorrow. This is therefore our last chance to experience the mountains around here before heading home. There is a lake called Klontal in a valley near Glarus and it looks lovely in the pictures so it would be a shame to leave this valley without a visit. We could get the train and then bus up there but since it is a Sunday, Marc could take us up in the car and we could walk along the lake track. We packed a picnic and set off with the backpack for Sophia and packs for us. It was a good theory but fell down in that Sophia was having nothing to do with the backpack and let the entire lake ... read more
View of Klontal Lake from the dam
The Linth Valley looking up towards the Klausen Pass

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Glarus September 29th 2018

As titled, the Cows Come Down to the Town. It has a poetic symmetry to it, doesn't it? It started with a distant rumbling, clanging noise. Cows! We dashed outside just as they arrived and I missed the start. Darn! I photographed what I could then went inside. Then we heard bells again. This time we made it to be there for the front runners. What a sight. The families in their white smock tops led the cows who had their heads decorated in flowers and greenery. Around their necks they had huge bells so you can imagine the noise of a hundred or so cows clomping their way through the streets. Throughout the herd were families separating their own herds from the others. It was such a wonderful sight that you would not see anywhere ... read more
A little flock of goats leading the cows
A garlanded tractor at the rear of the Alpabzug
Tail end Charlie.  The dog

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