Switzerland 2019 (2 of 2)

This is the second of two pages documenting our trip to Switzerland. Click here to go to the first page.

On August 4, 2019, we left Neuchâtel in the afternoon and drove to Zurich. We had reserved a hotel near the airport so as not to have to drive into the city. The downside was that we were in the middle of nowhere; to grab a bite to eat, we had to take a streetcar to the airport. However, the entire next day was reserved for sightseeing in Zurich. In the morning, we strolled along the Limmat and explored the Niederdorf. We had lunch off the Bahnhofstrasse and later on met my high school friend Hanspeter by the lake. Hanspeter has lived in Zurich for many years and was therefore the perfect tour guide. Among many other things, he showed us the beautiful Chagall stained glass windows in the Fraumünster where I managed to sneak a forbidden photo shooting blind from the hip. I continue to be amazed how many places forbid photography even when no flash is used. By late afternoon, Hanspeter's wife Caroline joined us and we went back to the Niederdorf for a wonderful al fresco dinner during which we got the first few raindrops of this trip. There were to be many more during the next two days!

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Zurich

View towards the 'Limmatquai' from the 'Bahnhofbrücke' Looking upriver along the Limmat

View towards the Limmatquai from the Bahnhofbrücke

Looking upriver along the Limmat


The 'Mühlesteg' is one of the footbridges spanning the Limmat The building of the regional police Zurich City on the 'Bahnhofquai'

The Mühlesteg is one of the footbridges spanning the Limmat

The building of the regional police Zurich City on the Bahnhofquai


View towards the 'Lindenhof' terrace and the St. Peter church tower Looking down the 'Stüssihofstatt' in the 'Niederdorf'

View towards the Lindenhof terrace and the St. Peter church tower

Looking down the Stüssihofstatt in the Niederdorf


Walking up the 'Rindermarkt' The 'Predigergasse'... ...leads to the side of the Predigerkirche.

Walking up the Rindermarkt

The Predigergasse...

...leads to the side of the Predigerkirche.


In the old town The Grossmünster Cat ladder on the 'Lindenhof'

In the old town

The Grossmünster

Cat ladder on the Lindenhof


Wine bar in the 'Glockengasse' Back on the 'Limmatquai' The Fraumünster from the 'Münsterbrücke'

Wine bar in the Glockengasse

Back on the Limmatquai

The Fraumünster from the Münsterbrücke


Chagall windows in the Fraumünster 'Münsterhof'

Chagall windows in the Fraumünster

Münsterhof


Looking southeast from the 'Lindenhof' terrace Looking northeast from the 'Lindenhof' terrace

Looking southeast from the Lindenhof terrace

Looking northeast from the Lindenhof terrace


Strolling south along the 'Schanzengrabenpromenade' Strolling north along the 'Schanzengrabenpromenade'

Strolling south along the Schanzengrabenpromenade

Strolling north along the Schanzengrabenpromenade

Klosters–Serneus

When we left Zurich in the morning of August 6, it was coming down in buckets, and only as we gained altitude on our way to the Grisons did the rain abate and we began to see light gray, and eventually even blue patches of sky. By the time we arrived in Klosters, the rain had stopped completely. We had booked a very nice, simple hotel, but due to some noisy construction nearby, they sent us to what is probably the best place in town, the amazing Hotel Vereina, of course at no extra charge. No, we didn't mind (they asked!). We had lunch (a very tasty Wurstsalat) at a place called "Al Capone" (really!) before exploring the village. The hotel had given us a complimentary public transportation pass that included railway service to Davos, postal buses, and even aerial trams and other means of transportation to nearby mountaintops. We chose to take advantage of this by riding up to Gotschnagrat from where we enjoyed a fabulous view onto the valley far below. When we got back down to Klosters (1,090 meters or 3,577 feet below), we took the postal bus to Serneus where we met my cousin Béa and Tasso for coffee and cake before savoring a delightful dinner at the Hotel Alpina.


The view from our hotel window onto the 'Bahnhofstrasse' Looking north from our hotel room

The view from our hotel window onto the Bahnhofstrasse

Looking north from our hotel room


The Chesa Grischuna hotel The 'Al Capone' where we had lunch The Vereina Hotel, our Klosters home

The Chesa Grischuna hotel

The Al Capone where we had lunch

The Vereina Hotel, our Klosters home


The sitting area in our hotel room The hotel lobby

The sitting area in our hotel room

The hotel lobby


Walking through the village The hotel Alpina where we had dinner with my cousin Béa

Walking through the village

The hotel Alpina where we had dinner with my cousin Béa


Ascending to 'Gotschnagrat' (photo by Vicki) Our gondola has made it all the way to the top

Ascending to Gotschnagrat (photo by Vicki)

Our gondola has made it all the way to the top


On 'Gotschnagrat' (2,281 meters or 7,484 feet above sea leve Boarding the cable car for the journey down

On Gotschnagrat (2,281 meters or 7,484 feet above sea level)

Boarding the cable car for the journey down


Almost back in Klosters at 1,191 meters (3,907 feet) above sea level Beautiful old village house in Serneus

Almost back in Klosters at 1,191 meters (3,907 feet) above sea level

Beautiful old village house in Serneus


From Serneus, one has gorgeous views onto the mountains Stopping in the Vereina breakfast room before driving to Lugano

From Serneus, one has gorgeous views onto the mountains

Stopping in the Vereina breakfast room before driving to Lugano

Lugano

For August 7, we had planned to drive through the Engadin, take the Maloja Pass, cross the border into Italy, drive along Lake Como until Menaggio and from there head west, cross back into Switzerland, and reach Lugano that way. Alas, the weather forecasts was truly awful, and so we chose to take the shortest possible route to Lugano, the San Bernardino Tunnel. It was drizzling until we entered the tunnel, but when we exited on the other side, it was raining extremely hard, there were patches of dense fog, and visibility was extremely poor. The windshield wipers of our rental car were barely able to cope with the amount of water that came down. Except for the fog, this weather stayed with us all the way into Lugano. Only after lunch did it ease up enough for us to walk through town and take in some sights. We awoke the next morning to beautiful sunshine and clear skies, and this allowed us to enjoy a bit more of this lovely town. Afterwards, we checked out of our hotel, filled up the car, and headed back to Cannes where we arrived in the early afternoon. What a fun journey! At all times, we just did whatever we felt like, and this, combined with beautiful sights, fond memories, and old friends, made this trip special.


On the 'Piazzetta Emilio Maraini' 'Lugano Arte e Cultura' (LAC)

On the Piazzetta Emilio Maraini

Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC)


Strolling along... ... the Lugano lakefront.

Strolling along...

... the Lugano lakefront.


Along the 'Riva Vincenzo Vela' The Villa Ciani in 'Parco Ciani'

Along the Riva Vincenzo Vela

The Villa Ciani in Parco Ciani


Lovely iron gate to the lake By the lake in Ciani parc In the 'Via Nassa'

Lovely iron gate to the lake

By the lake in Ciani parc

In the Via Nassa


On the 'Piazza Riforma' The fountain on the 'Piazza Riziero Rezzonico'

On the Piazza Riforma

The fountain on the Piazza Riziero Rezzonico


The lakefront looks more inviting when the sun is shining! The San Lorenzo cathedral

The lakefront looks more inviting when the sun is shining!

The San Lorenzo cathedral


Spending a little bit of time... ...enjoying the beautiful lakefront... ...promenade in the sun.

Spending a little bit of time...

...enjoying the beautiful lakefront...

...promenade in the sun.


This is how far we got before we had to head back to check out A last look at the 'Piazza Riziero Rezzonico'

This is how far we got before we had to head back to check out

A last look at the Piazza Riziero Rezzonico


The photos on this page were taken between August 5 and 8, 2019 with our Fujifilm X100s.
This is the second of two pages documenting our trip to Switzerland. Click here to go to the first page.




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