Thursday, 24 April 2014

Photo of the Week - Easter Window


This Easter weekend was very quiet and hardly anything happened. I did though on Easter Monday leave the flat and have dinner with a friend and see a movie called The Grand Hotel Budapest, which is very good if you are at all interested to know.

Just after finishing dinner and before the movie started we wondered around the area where the cinema is situated in Zurich. I like this part of Zurich there are interesting shops and old buildings to check out. Anyway hope you all had a lovely Easter!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Flowers









From one day to another the weather has changed from warm, sunny and blue skies to rain, overcast grey skies! So some photos to remind us of warmer days!

As it is a long weekend most people make the most and go away, for some reason I have usually always stayed in Zurich during Easter. It can be nice to stay as the city is much quieter, but alas the little one woke up not feeling so good.

Anyway Happy Easter!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Another Walk from the Zoo to Forch




Viewing tower Lorenchopf




Tree tunnel



Strong man!

World War I Monument
Yours Truly!


Back in January Alessio and I did this walk from Zurich zoo to Forch, it is 11.5km and takes about 3 hours. As you can see from the photos the day started out rather overcast but by the afternoon it was lovely and sunny.

Nearly a hour into the walk we came to the viewing tower, we did not climb it but you would get some good views. We stopped at a very nice restaurant which was very busy as the day had become lovely, but cannot remember the name. Then we carried on with nice views of the countryside, seeing some horse riders too. Eventually we made our way to the town of Forch but before you reach it you come to a monument. It is dedicated to the Zurich men who fought in WW1, which is 18m high.

So all that was left to do was to find the train station and hop on a train back to Zurich! Hopefully soon we will get another walk in!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Berne Gurten









Amazing view of Berne



At the beginning of March we had an outing to Berne, to go up its local mountain Gurten at 858m. Once in Berne we took a tram which takes you Wabern and to the Gurten funicular and in a short time we reached the top.

There is quite a lot to keep you busy such as hiking, a viewing tower, art work on view, hotel and restaurant. For the kids there is a big play area, mini cars and train, and if enough snow skiing and sledging. The day we were there it was still rather cold and just some traces of snow. Not that the cold stopped Alessio from enjoying all there was on offer, it was just me who was suffering waiting for Alessio. Eventually he had a break and we went to the self service restaurant for coffee and cake.

There are a number of hikes you can do and we decided to walk back down, which took just over one hour. It was around this time that the sun decided to make an warmly welcomed appearance. From the top you have a wonderful views of Berne, the Jura mountains and of course the Alps.

This is really a great place to visit and would recommend it!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Photo of the Week - Hippo Time


On Sunday Alessio and I went to Zurich zoo, I had thought of going on a hike but changed my mind. It  was great weather and the zoo was busy. Alessio chose what animals to see and towards the end we ended up at the hippo area. This fellow was minding his own business and suddenly he decided to look at me, I was the only person there and well open his mouth. I just snapped away and managed to get this shot. Well I like it!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Zurich Fasnacht!
















Zurich fasnacht, that is carnival to the rest of us was from the 7th to 9th March. The main parade was on the Sunday, Saturday saw the kid`s parade. As you can imagine it was packed to full the streets but I did manage to find a practically empty street to watch the parade.

The only down side to there being hardly anyone watching the parade is that the dressed up folk tend to come up to you and well annoy you or other stuff. One poor lass got chucked in a small cart of straw, photo number 5! Thankfully nothing happened to me, maybe because there were lots of kids for them to annoy!

This was the only fasnacht parade that I saw this year, as I am not really into it, but it is nice to see everyone dressed up and looking scary.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Walks in Au

Wine Museum

Views of Lake Zurich


Au Castle



Farm

Vineyards and a ghost house!

The Au penisula is just a stones throw from where I work and for that reason, we go walking there every week with the kids. I have done a few posts on this area in the past and here is one more!

Well it is not the only reason, I think it is a lovely area to walk in and I enjoy going there. This particular time was at the end of February and it was lovely and sunny. The children know where to run to and wait for the rest of us to catch up. The building in the last photo is what the kids seem to call a ghost house, not sure how that rumor got started.

There are great views of Lake Zurich and if you want to keep fit you can certainly find paths that go uphill.