is, where do we begin? I’ve been here
before and John hasn't. There is so much
outside the town I would love for John to see. Lucerne is a lovely place and
Mount Titlis is also beautiful. I’d previously come with Brian, my youngest son,
about fifteen years ago, and those are some of the places we saw. We had such a wonderful time here. Brian and I had explored some of the old town
of Zurich, but not much else.
Zurich (German: Zürich, German pronunciation: [ˈtsyːrɪç]; Swiss
German: Züri) is the largest city
in Switzerland and
the capital of the canton
of Zurich. It is located in north-central
Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake
Zurich. The municipality has approximately
390,000 inhabitants, and the Zurich metropolitan area 1.83 million. Zurich is a hub for railways,
roads, and air traffic. Both Zurich
Airport and railway station are
the largest and busiest in the country.
John and I spent the first day or two taking
the walking and boating tours around the city.
Most of the pictures shown on this blog are from those adventures. The city is beautiful and showcases a mixture
of European and Swiss architecture. There are multiple
clock towers, and when they all go off at once they are deafening. At times they ring for ten minutes or
more. We had to close our window to
close out the noise. Sure glad we don’t
have any bell towers where we live!
A boat ride on Lake Zurich is a must do
activity if you visit here. They have a
short and a long ride. You can buy your
tickets at the dock without arranging for any formal tour. We took the short tour and it took about an
hour and a half. The boat makes about
eight stops around the lake. Each stop
is different and quite quaint. The
further you go up the lake (south-southeast) the closer you get to the Alps. We were lucky the day we took the boat trip and
actually had some sun; people were sitting outside on the deck. The cost of the ride was about eighteen Swiss
Francs each or about $24. Probably a bit
expensive, but this is a tourist town.
Locals were riding the boat, but I’d hate to pay this price on a daily
basis. I took a picture of the menu
showing some prices. The price of French
fries was $13 dollars, but that did include catsup. What a deal!
We had a drink and left it at that.
Our challenge was to find a reasonably priced
suitcase in one of the most expensive towns in the world; and not everyone
speaks English. Where is a Costco when
you need one??? We are so glad we have
an internet connection at the hotel.
John googled “Where to find a suitcase in Zurich.” We looked up the places on the map and found that
they were within walking distance.
AMAZING!! Traveling even ten years ago this would not have been
possible. Here is a picture of my new suitcase. It is Swiss made and has a five year
guarantee. If something goes wrong I’m
bringing it back for repair!!!!
Now, getting rid of the old suitcase is a
problem. The hotel indicated that there
would be a charge for large pieces of trash.
John has now started to scope out every dumpster we go by to see if it
is big enough for my suitcase. If we don’t
arrive home on time you will know it is because we have been picked up for planting
a suitcase bomb in a public area. They
will have it all on tape.
Only a few days left in Zurich. I think we are going to visit some museums. It’s a good bet when it’s raining. See you soon, the adventure continues. Good night!