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  • Day2

    The fast train to Switzerland

    June 5, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After a fairly comfortable night’s sleep in my cell, and a good shower, I took advantage of the Clink continental breakfast - a snip at £2 (only £1 if I had booked the night before - drat!). Somewhat surprisingly, porridge was not on the menu.

    A grey morning and a short walk led me to St Pancras International. What a magnificent Victorian Station - to think it was once earmarked for demolition. A smooth check-in and I was soon on board the 0922 Eurostar to Paris. With Standard Premier Class you get (another) continental breakfast, served by pleasant uniformed attendants reminiscent of air hostesses. After a stop at Ashford, Kent, the conductor announced we would shortly be entering the Channel Tunnel. How exciting! Although I have been fortunate enough to travel by Eurostar on a few occasions, it never ceases to amaze me when, after only 20 minutes in the tunnel, you suddenly emerge into the French countryside.

    On arrival at the gargantuan Paris Gare du Nord station, I took the Metro two stops to the Gare du Lyon. Regrettably I didn’t have time for lunch at the magnificent Le Train Bleu restaurant, created for the Exposition Universelle in 1900. Ah well, maybe next time. I had to make do with a Croque Monsieur from the Buffet Car as I boarded the 1423 TGV-Lyria express to Switzerland. Leaving the grey, graffiti daubed suburbs of Paris behind, the train soon entered rural France, and the mist lifted and the sun shone throughout the afternoon. The flat, patchwork fields gave way to the lovely tree-lined gorges of Burgundy as we passed through Dijon (no stopping for mustard!), and on to Basle, Switzerland where I had to change trains for the last hour of the journey to Zürich. A very pleasant, smooth trip.

    Three very pucker elderly English ladies across the compartment from me commented on how they enjoyed train travel. ‘But I wouldn’t do what Margot did’ said the eldest. ‘She went right across Russia herself on the Trans Siberian. But then she’s not afraid of anything. Did you notice she’s got her head completely shaved?’ (And after a pause). ‘Strange she never married’.

    Casa Heinrich in Zürich was a pleasant guest house, 10 minutes walk from the station. There is no reception and you use a code to gain entry. Had a walk round the lovely old Altstadt this evening and had a tasty meal of whole roast pork knuckle (sorry, Betty) washed down with local beer. The place was like an old fashioned Germanic beer keller - the young blond waiter looked like he had just stepped out of a poster for Hitler youth, and all that was missing was Ann Blyth belting out operetta hits while balancing frothy beer steins on her bosom. Legend has it that Wilhelm Tell’s crossbow was kept here.

    A lovely stroll to the lakeside finished off a very pleasant evening. Zürich really is a most attractive place to visit.
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  • Day10


    October 15, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Valencia is the best place in Spain. We went to L'Oceanografic which is the largest aquarium in Europe and saw walruses, beluga whales, and a dolphin show. Food was amazing and we were right in a central location so we enjoyed it

  • Day1

    ליקוי ירח

    July 27, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    פעם ב-100 שנה יש צירוף מקרים וכדור הארץ מסתיר את השמש כשהירח מלא והירח זוהר באדום, ולאט לאט חוזר חזרה להיות לבן, עם שלב ביניים מגניב של חצי אדום וחצי לבן בוהק.

    איתרנו פארק בסביבה ונשכבנו על הדשא לבהות בירח.

    המצלמה בטלפון ממש לא תופסת את זה, אבל היה דיי מהפנט.

  • Day1

    Co Chin Chin

    July 27, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    מסעדה ויאטנמית מעולה!

    אכלתי Bo La Lot, שזו אחת המנות הטעימות שאכלתי - בקר מגולגל בתוך משהו דומה לעלי גפן (betel leaves) עם שלל כיף מסביב.
    יכול להיות שיצאתי חסרת תרבות לחלוטין, אבל אכלתי עם הידיים וגלגלתי לי רולים של כל מה שבצלחת בתוך עלה חסה וטבלתי ברוטב הטעים.יאמי. :)

    למנה ראשונה הזמנו summer roll עם עוף ושרימפס שהיה ממש סתם... אבל you win some you lose some
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  • Day1


    July 27, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    שכונת ההיפסטרים של ציריך.
    חנויות וינטאג' מגניבות, פאב בתוך מכולה, בר שהוא סירת מפרש ענקית, מסעדות שוות ואווירה סופר-כיפית.

    3 התמונות האחרונות הן מ-Frau Gerold, מקום שבטוח נחזור אליו עם אווירה שבאמת אין למה להשוות אותה.

    סיכום day 1 - מי היה מאמין, אבל ציריך ממש ממש מגניבה

  • Day1

    Off we go

    June 28, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    First vacations in 2017, I have waited a long time for those. Barely made it through traffic back from work to grab my gear and run to the train station.
    Quick check to see if Im not sweating (excessively). I hate sweating.

  • Day7

    wandering around Zurich

    October 26, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Found an old warehouse that has been converted to a shopping mall. Very cool!

    FYI: the one type of shop I have seen the most of, by FAR is hair salons - either unisex or for men only. I guess Swiss men really care about their hairstyles.

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