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  • Day2

    The fast train to Switzerland

    June 5 in Switzerland

    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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  • Day13

    Hit the brakes

    September 2, 2016 in Switzerland

    Much to my delight we rolled upon a random bike repair shop (that was open) right on the track... My back brakes were in much need of replacement... The lovely guy put my bike on straight away and changed the brakes, and did a quick tune. I was so so happy!! (Hence why it gets its own post...Sucks to not have brakes on some of the hills we have done)

  • Day3

    Schweiz - Zürich #2

    January 1 in Switzerland

    Am Sonntag waren wir dann bei bestem
    Wetter auf dem Uetliberg mit einer tollen Sicht über die Stadt! Und nachts haben wir uns das Feuerwerk am See angeschaut - das war der Hammer, das riesigste Feuerwerk was wir jemals gesehen haben 😍

  • Day5

    Bike time

    August 25, 2016 in Switzerland

    I have found the Parrotts, reunited with Illy and met Bernadette.
    We have set up bikes tonight...

  • Day1

    Schweiz - Zürich #1

    December 30, 2017 in Switzerland

    Wir hatten ein tolles Silvesterwochenende im schönen Zürich! Die Stadt ist einfach wunderschön, nur bei den Preisen schaut man am besten weg😄 Am Samstag hatten wir noch einen verregneten grauen Tag aber dafür war am Sonntag strahlend blauer Himmel, das tat gut, endlich mal wieder etwas Sonne zu sehen 😊☀️

  • Day1

    Flughafen Zürich

    July 5, 2017 in Switzerland

    Nach einer Stunde Flug war ich dann auch schon in der Schweiz. Am Flughafen musste ich mit einem Zug zu meinem Gate fahren. Der Flug dauert 10 Stunden. Während dem Flug war ein sehr schöner Sonnenuntergang zusehen. Schlafen konnte ich im Flugzeug gar nicht, mit vielen Filmen ging die Zeit aber trotzdem relativ schnell um.

  • Day14

    Flaach (CH)

    July 21, 2017 in Switzerland

    Some big mountains beginning to loom now on the horizon. Scary stuff ! Today was the first day with a few small climbs. Gravity sure slows you down when the combined weight of bike plus kit is 40 kg.

    The route today took me past one of Europe's most powerful and impressive waterfalls just downstream from Schaffhausen. Also had the privilege of some fresh snacks alongside the cycle path today, raspberries, apples, and plums.Read more

  • Day177

    Zurich for a very short stay.....

    February 27, 2017 in Switzerland

    Gorgeous train ride to Zurich this morning and I managed to catch some of the carnival before I left. People were drinking so early. I talked to a Swiss girl at breakfast this morning and she gave me the facts about fasnacht-wear the scariest masks to scare away winter, bring on spring and growth of new things, along with the celebration of lent. I had the top of the train this morning and what a ride. Zurich is huge and very confusing. The train station is bigger than Vancouver airport and by the time I found my way out and my hostel, which is wayyyyyy out of town it took me an hour and a half and I was completely drenched from sweat. It's very hilly and it was hot. A bit of a high class attitude in this city even with the hostel staff. I'm only staying the night and catching the bus to Salzburg in the morning, bright and early. Home if Mozart, The Sound of Music, bratwurst and beer! Yeah! I had a hell of a time finding beer today and finally did in some small store 2km from my hostel. My liver has been gravely cleansed in Switzerland and after today's walk I just wanted to have a couple of frothy Swiss beers. My bus is only 7 hours with a 1.5 transfer in Munchen Germany, which is good because I can stretch my legs and grab a pretzel or strudel. Looking forward to Salzburg, this city has been on my bucket list since 2008.Read more

  • Day2

    Entspannung und Fahrrad fahren

    June 21 in Switzerland

    Heute haben wir einfach nichts gemacht. Naja fast nichts. Am Vormittag wurde noch das Zelt komplettiert, der Pool wurde nach der Mittagsruhe ausgiebig getestet u wir haben uns von gestern ausgeruht.
    Am Abend sind wir noch ne kleine Runde mit dem Rad am Fluss Reuss gefahren u haben auch dieses Mal das Wasser getestet...

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kanton Zürich, Kanton Zurich, Zürich, Zurich, ZH, كانتون زيوريخ, Zurigo, 취리히 주, Turitg

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