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Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Kreuzlingen December 14th 2014

Mountains, hills or streets were our choices for today. The weather looked a little dicey and since we had not been to Konstanz on the Bodensee we opted for that choice. A train journey is often better than taking a car and finding a park so the car was parked a little out of St Gallen and we used the train from there to Kreuzlingen and walked along the lake front, over the border to Germany and into Konstanz. There is no physical definition other than a sign. The Swiss people like to go there because German goods are much cheaper than in their own country. The lake is quite nice and would even be nicer on a sunny day with leaves on the big trees all around. Konstanz had a Christmas Market happening by the ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Sankt Gallen December 13th 2014

It was mostly a travel day today on the 3 hour return journey from Celerina via Thussis, Chur and Sargans to St Gallen. We arrived in St Gallen at 1.30 to be met by our friends Bruno and Gertrud. After a settling in and a cup of tea we bussed back into St Gallen for a Christmas concert given by several hundred school children, aged 6 to 12, from schools around the city. Bruno and Gertrud’s grandchildren were in the choir which made it more personal. What a wonderful concert! There was an excellent orchestra and conductor and the children sang a range of Christmas songs from various countries like Switzerland (of course), South America, Israel, England and the USA. By all accounts this afternoon was the first time they had actually practiced as one full ... read more
St Gallen's cathedral and Christmas tree
Christmas light display in St Gallen's town centre

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Rapperswil December 4th 2014

After a more relaxed morning without leaving early, we caught a train to Zurich and Sebenen then bus to Innerthal. The bus journey took us initially up a dammed narrow valley which then opened up into the valley of Vorderthal which was very typically Swiss - rolling green hills dotted with farm houses and barns with the small town set in the lower part of the valley. At this time of the year all the animals were indoors so there was a lack of animal life and bells ringing. A very peaceful scene. The road continued up a narrow, winding gorge with solid rock walls. There had obviously been problems with slips into the river taking out the road. The new road was superb. The steep sides were well shored up with huge rocks and thick ... read more
Bridge on Wagitalersee
Auntie and neice enjoying the lake walk

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich » Zürich December 3rd 2014

I forgot that I spent the day (a few hours) in Zürich. It was quite nice there, but was really expensive. Being the most culturally-refined people, we went to eat at McDonald's whilst we were the. Two medium chips cost just over 7 Swiss Francs. That's something like 6 euros. And that's something like 5 pounds. We were warned that it was pricey there, but I didn't really realise how much so. We mainly spent the day wandering around looking at things, because we didn't want to spend too much money really. The mainly exciting things happened whilst we were in the car. On the way home, we had to pull over at the border control and be interrogated by several border control guards. Then they went through our wallets to see how much money we ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich » Zürich November 23rd 2014

The word "Switzerland" invokes images of the Alps, cheese, banks, and watches made by a non-existent Army. Delve deeper and you'll find this landlocked country has more to offer than material goods, for its people and history have cultivated it into one of the wealthiest nations on Earth. And no city in Switzerland is more prototypically Swiss than Zurich, which perennially ranks as the richest and having the best quality of life in the world. Pair that with a low tax rate, impeccably clean environment, and extensive public transportation system, and you've scared Paris and London into scrambling to reestablish themselves as a global hotspot for visitors and residents. Zurich has also benefited from Switzerland's firm doctrine of neutrality. It survived two World Wars, all the while being smack dab in the middle of the action. ... read more
Augustinergasse off of Bahnhofstrasse
A town strung with lights and adorned by Christmas trees
Conditorei Schober

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich October 24th 2014

Today is going to be a pretty light sightseeing day. The only plan we have is to buy our train ticket to Munich, see the inside of Grossmunster, explore the old town, and check out Lake Zurich. We grabbed a quick bite then headed over to the Central station, walked down Bahonstrasse, and went to Grossmunster. We weren't able to get in yesterday, so we were determined to see it today. It was ok, but after seeing several of the Basilicas in Italy, it didn't really compare. It was still pretty nice though. From there, we headed to the old town to check it out. At one point, we accidentally stumbled across what I'm assuming is the red light district. We also came across a some cool pubs and beer halls. After that, we then stopped ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich October 23rd 2014

We woke up today ready to go. Bern was fun and beautiful, but two days there was more than enough. My plan for this trip was for Switzerland to be our relax time. I know our time in Germany and France will be kind of hectic, so I wanted to make sure we had some time to relax on this trip. We saw a good amount of stuff in Bern, but the pace was nothing like Italy. Katie and I woke up, got ready, headed to the train station, and caught a train to Zurich. About an hour to an hour and a half later, we arrived in Zurich. According to Google maps, our hotel was 30+ minute walk to hour hotel, so I opted to take a cab. We checked in to the Hotel and ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich October 8th 2014

So this is it, I'm really doing this! Today's the day I leave home for 5 months, going to Australia and New Zealand. Super happy this is happening and can't wait to get started! So far I've just booked my flight to Brisbane where I'm going to arrive on Friday 5:30 in the morning local time. Nothing else booked, no hotel no place to stay. I'm doing this because it makes things much more exciting than it already is. I have a flight to Auckland a week later on the 15th, Australia is just a stop before my proper journey begins. In total I'm spending 4.5 months in NZ. I wonder how it all turns out! I hope I'll be able to keep you guys updated fairly regularly.. Bring on Australia! : )... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich October 1st 2014

Viel zu früh war ich schon wach. Kein Wunder, schliesslich geht heute ein Traum in Erfüllung. „Hab ich wirklich alles?“ denke ich, die provisorische Packliste zum etwa hundertsten Mal durchgehend. Nachdem alles irgendwie eingepackt und am rechten Ort, der Pass ach sicher dabei, und die Vorfreude komplett ist, geht das Abenteuer los. Treppe runter, nach draussen und oh schreck, wie kann es auch anders sein, es „schiffed“. Kein Problem, wenn der Schirm nicht zuunterst im Koffer wäre (in Tokyo solls 25 Grad und Sonne haben!). Nun gut, nehmen wir halt den Bus, der dann mit 5 Minuten Verspätung auftaucht. Ja, der Schirm war also schonmal am falschen Ort eingepackt, die nasse Jacke kann das bestätigen. Davon lassen wir uns aber nicht den Tag vermiesen, mit dem nächsten Zug nach Zürich, auf Richtung Startbahn! In Zürich gabs ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Romanshorn August 30th 2014

Our last day in Austria and what do we do. Go over the border into Switzerland. We just drive the small roads and if it strikes us we turn up a really small road and head up hill. That was the case today. We ended up in a large restaurant complex called Egg Wald. 100's of people eating and drinking and enjoying the day. There were lots of people from buses which we do not know how they could have gotten there. Later we drove down to the Bodensee AKA The Lake Constance. To look at the ferry crossing from Switzerland to Germany. This evening we went out and had a Cordon Bleu. We split it. It was SO large we could hardly finish it. Tomorrow we leave Austria for the SE of Switzerland (The Engadin) ... read more
Restaurant in the Appenzell
This is one big air ship over the Bodensee
People bringing their luggage on the ferry

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