Jeanie arrived by train from a visit to Montreux in the French part of the country and I picked her up at the train station in Zurich.
We took off from there and walked up the Bahnhofstrasse, the famous shopping street with the fancy clothing stores and jewelry shops.
|At this jewelry and watch store at the Bahnhofstrasse, each full hour is marked by music and a parade of turning figures|
Another interesting feature along the Bahnhofstrasse is the monument of one of Switzerland's and Europe's famous humanists, children advocates, and educators of the 18th/19th century, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, who greets children and adults from his pedestal.
Halfway through the Bahnhofstrasse, we turn to the left and walk up the Rennweg, a street leading to the old part. It's closed to most car traffic.
Walking past one of the traditional coffee/tea/chocolate shops, frequented by the "older" and more sophisticated crowd.
And guess what? Here is the trendy competition. Oh, yes, Starbucks is all over the place.
One of my favorite spots is the Lindenhof (it got its name from all the linden trees), a park high above the city, from where you have wonderful view of the old part of the city, the River Limmat, a few cathedrals, and the lake.
Want to play a game of chess?
My friend loves the park, too!
Zurich got its share of literary and artist greats, some homegrown as well as the many artists and writers in exile during World War One and Two.
A trip on a river boat is fun, but on this day, it was a little too cool for it.
|Photo by Roland zh|
We walked along the River Limmat to the Fraumünster church (transl. Women's Minster), a cathedral famous for its stain glass windows created by Marc Chagall.
|Photo by Roland zh|
While walking and watching, we worked up an appetite. There are many choices from the simple sausage stands to more elegant establishments.
|Lunch with my "old" class mates from business college|
However, this time, my friend and I had other plans:
Inspired by the shop window of Teuscher, one of the excellent chocolate shops, we decided to splurge a little and walk toward the lake and the Bellevue plaza where I knew of a really hip coffee shop. Here you feel as if you had been transported into a different era, perhaps early twentieth century Vienna?
|Yummy Latte Macchiato|
After all this walking and splurging, it was time to think of driving home, which we did on the train.
I hope you had fun accompanying us on our walk through Zurich! More next time. Ciao!