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An Evening in Zürich

First, a trip to IKEA for some apartment necessities, then we decided to tap “Zürich” into the GPS in our car and see where it took us. It took us to the city center, which was one of the busiest areas we’ve seen in a while – buses, people crossing the road at all angles, cars, and mopeds squeezing, zigging and zagging between all of these.

We quickly made our way out of the mess in the heart of the city (albeit interesting as a passenger, since we hadn’t seen downtown Zürich previously), and ventured off into some side streets. We made our way to a parking garage and then realized that we had parked right next to where we wanted to end up – the old city.

We left the garage and just started walking. We soon found ourselves near art galleries, candy stores, clothiers, churches, and restaurants of all kinds. We checked the posted menus for an American-style pub, The Cardinal (a bit fancier Swiss restaurant with Zürich dishes), then settled on St. Lucia (our family is big on Italian). After a nice meal, including oven-fired pizza, lasagna verdi, gassy and non-gassy water,  in a candlelit atmosphere we started walking again. We ended up in the old city plaza where Kim and Katelyn tracked down some after-dinner sweets at the local Lollipop candy store.

It was a full, pleasant evening – once we arrived at the old city.

We wouldn’t recommend driving in Zürich. However, as a destination, the old town is quite nice. It surrounds you and shields you from the business, noise and clutter of this large city and welcomes you with a more peaceful, take-it-at-your-own-speed rhythm in surroundings that date back to the early 12th century (see Grossmünster Cathedral) and prior. Lots of history, and we’ll need more time to investigate further.

Soon, we plan to do a 4-country day trip. Zürich is one of the stops, so who knows what else we’ll discover.


  1. Dave Roeder
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 5:35 am | #

    I think this looks like my favorite of places so far. Good post!

  2. Janalee
    Posted November 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm | #

    It is so neat to see all these shots from streets I have walked on! I can’t wait to be there again!
    Did you really mean to write 4-COUNTRY DAY trip!? As in 4 countries in just one day!? 🙂 That is unbelievably awesome! What are the other destinations? Have fun!!!

    • Kim
      Posted November 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm | #

      That would be correct. A 4 country tour in just one simple day!!

  3. Janalee
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 5:05 am | #

    So, where else will you be visiting!?

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