Anyhoo! Rant over, work week over, wedding invitations - nearly over - I'm composed and ready for a blog!
The holiday. I choose to visit Switzerland for two reasons. Firstly - because I have very dear friends who live there and secondly - because I love it! Whenever I visit I feel like I have received an injection of happiness and that keeps me ticking over until my next visit. I don't 'do' Switzerland in any lavish style - in fact part of what I love about it is that to enjoy it, it is not necessary to do so in a lavish way (though there is certainly evidence all around of many who can afford to - and do so - with bells on!). From the moment I arrive in the country I sense an atmosphere of prosperity. A country where everything seems to be well cared for, which has a wonderful transport system - and it is stunningly beautiful. But there's no getting away from the fact that it is expensive! This year, more than any other, I noticed how much more expensive it had become - for little old me (£1.00 bought CHF1.29 - ouch!).
I travelled via Amsterdam and everything went like clockwork - in fact our flight was 20 minutes early when we approached Zurich airport but there was no landing slot available to us so we had to circle Zurich a few times before we could land. The sky above was clear blue, the cotton-wool like carpet of clouds below were ultra bright, ultra white - and in the distance the mountain tops peeped through the clouds. As we awaited permission to land we were treated to an an amazing mountain peaks' skyride as we circled high above the clouds over Zurich!
First day and overnight I spent in Zurich. Leaving my large suitcase in the left luggage at Zurich train station (CHF8 for 24 hours - which I think is a real bargain!) I had a brief wander along Bahnhofstrasse, with its high end shops, beautiful window displays, street cafes full of coffee drinkers and people watchers, trams clanging away busily and lots and lots of people - but I felt something was missing this time and couldn't quite decide what. Street Art - that's what it was! During previous visits the Cow Parade and the Plant Pot Parade had added colour and even more interest to this very busy street. (I've also seen the Cow Parade in Edinburgh and Florence.)
As it was a brief visit, not too many pics but I did stop to purchase some of these