Monday, August 3, 2009

July's Epic Travel - Le Tour - Part Two

Zurich! Pretty lovely city. Kelly and I arrived a day before we met the race for logistical reasons. I wish I could say that I got to spend some time and learn a lot about the city, but really, we just walked around, took in some sights, enjoyed the weather, and ate some traditional Swiss sausages. We also had what was supposedly the pride of Swiss brewing, but I think that's true in the same vein that Budweiser is popular in the States. Let's just say it wasn't Germany.

I can tell you this - the tourist office at the main train station is fantastic. They were able to get us into a hotel that was in the city center, affordable, clean, and nice enough, considering we didn't spend any time there. Worth the trip, if you ever wind up in Zurich and need a hotel.

We did spend time walking around old town, which was very European.

As part of our day pass on the transit system, we were able to take a boat out on the lake. It was a short, but very pretty ride.

We walked back to old town from the middle of the lake where we got off the boat through a very nice park. Plenty of birds, and the amount of people that were outside enjoying the lunch hour was inspiring. We should all be so lucky to have a place to eat. One guy really took advantage.

One thing that I didn't quite understand was the Swiss and Zurich flags flanking the EU flag. Perhaps someone can enlighten me?

In search of cheap eats, we wondered to the University. While we got a good view of the city from above, we did not find cheap eats. In fact, while the grocery stores weren't outrageous, eating at any restaurant, more or less, was.

Up next time, some bike race.

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