Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday's Travels!

Zurich – the number one shop for watches and jewelry! What a vibrant, cosmopolitan and delightful “little, big city” to visit!

We laughed from the moment our plane landed and we picked up our tiny, little rented car, (with so much baggage we didn’t know where we were going to put it) to “breaking out” of our B & B on the last night! (More about that later!)

We took home two things – wonderful memories of beautiful scenery and the warmth and friendliness of the local people.

We walked along the Bahnhofstrausse. An attractive and elegant street, flanked on all sides by exclusive shops, Chanel, Dior and Yves St Laurent! I was fascinated by the tram lines and how efficient their tram service is.

The side streets with 4 floors of Swiss watch shops, and Swiss Army knife shops! I have never seen anything like it.

One of my favorite things was standing in front of an old fountain listening to the musicians play their music. Life was so calm and relaxed! No rushing around – no chasing our tails – there was an element of peace all around.

Strolling along the bank of the river at 20h00 at night, it was 32 degrees C. People were sun bathing on their boats, and along the banks.

Feeding the swans, chatting and catching up on the days proceedings. We found a little restaurant and sat on the pavement with an ice cold glass of chardonnay and watched little old ladies walking their dogs, we saw a man with a huge parrot on his shoulder – and small children running with hoops and yo yo’s.

It was our last night in Europe and we had to be at the airport bright and early. We had booked into a little B & B and P had arranged with the to pay on arrival as were leaving at 05h00 in order to be at the airport on time! They had a HUGE party there that night, and when we got up and were ready to leave they had locked us in! We could not get out and had no way of contacting anyone! We eventually had to climb out through the bathroom window, pass our luggage out and pack up our car. Goodness knows what would have happened had the police come past. It would have been difficult to explain especially when their English is bad and our Swiss non-existent. We laughed all the way to the airport – laughter on arrival, laughter on departure – I think that showed what a stunning destination it was!

Climbing out through the bathroom window!  P looking decidedly worried!

I would go back in a heart-beat!


Love Bears All Things said...

And just who made the photo?
You've had such interesting travels. Thanks for sharing with us.
Mama Bear

Raph G. Neckmann said...

What fun! Sounds like a lovely place to visit.

pam said...

So very beautiful, I love that old world charm. I grew up with a Swiss neighbour next door and heard many stories of his life in his homeland.
Hope you had a great week.

Rebecca Louise. said...

I am so glad you enjoyed yourself and thank you for the pictures. I have an urge to go again now. Your're right the locals are SO friendly! x