My latest European adventure began in late May of this year (2016), when I landed in Zurich, in the thoroughly German part of Switzerland (vs the French and Italian areas). This post focuses on that city, one I find not a tourist heaven perhaps, but highly satisfactory. In fact had I the money and permission (I assure you I have neither) I could find it in my heart to remain there.
|Zurich, looking back at it from the harbor area|
On my MOST recent European exploration (late May - early June 2016) I had only one short jet-lagged day to spend in Zurich and found my way around very easily - a good feeling, especially in as I was in a state of exhaustion. I thought I'd have to keep myself awake for several hours before checking into my hotel, but as luck and Swiss efficiency had it, I was allowed into my room at just after 10 am, immediately on my arrival in the city. Instead of snoozing, however, I opted to spend at least a few hours out and about before sleeping off the trans-Atlantic flight. I strolled along the Limmat river to where it empties into Zurichsee, or Lake Zurich. I decided to take a 90 minute cruise, the Short Roundtrip cruise, run by the company that organizes many outings on the lake. This cruise takes passengers on a journey only partway up the lake, stopping briefly at several suburban piers, then heads back stopping again at similar piers on the opposite side of the lake before dropping us back in the city.
|Cruising out of Zurich on the "Short Round Trip"|
|One of several stops on the cruise|
|Alps in the distance, on the cruise|
|Alps closer up, thanks to my camera's zoom|
After a stop or four on the left side of the lake (as we left the city behind) we turned back towards Zurich and headed to and through what seemed the slightly seedier side of the lake, at some of the piers men who seemed to be unemployed, loud and unhappy (at least so I read the scene). Lovely houses, similar to those on the other bank and rising up hillsides kept the return portion of the cruise quite pleasant, though I began to feel myself dozing off (a bit too much fresh air?). I suddenly realized two things: I was very hungry, and I was very very sleepy.
|My newest friend in Zurich - see below - and note the tiny cows on each step|
|Where I had my meal|
|My unintended but tasty two course lunch - the rosti was mediocre, but the wursts delicious and the asparagus salad wonderful|
|The band concert in old town|