Posts Tagged ‘Switzerland’
Above starring Weber-grilled Bratwurst, hotter-than-Wasabi Dijon mustard, oven fresh buns and..er…Mariestad Export beer. From IKEA. In Zürich.
The other night starring Swedish herring, Västerbotten cheese, sour dough crisp bread in the spirit of O.P Andersson. The latter purchased at IKEA. In Zürich.
Well, as an IKEA-allergist I’m quite content with the selection of wares in outlandish IKEAs. Reasonably priced sofas and tasty spirits. A combo as reliable as Swiss clockwork.
I. I’ve fallen in love again. Don’t worry, I still love the GTi with all my horsepower heart but this 35mm lens is just…amazing. It’s fast, powerful in light, small and quite perfect. Just like the GTi, I know. So it’ll be on my shopping list for my next US trip.
(this and all pix taken WITH the 35mm. Here’s another beauty, the D90)
II. In the mean time I miss my car so much that I kind of forced my friend to take a testdrive at VW here in Zürich. The sound of the engine still lingers like sweet 2.0 in my ears and I’m thinking about my Tiggy at home in the garage.
III. Cheese. Back in cheese country I will do what most Swiss don’t in summer. Have cheese fondue. To compensate for the violation of tradition I will gulp some mojitos down for dessert.
Culture: ‘The International’, ‘Monsters vs Aliens’, ‘Keinohrhasen’ & ‘Gran Torino’. The Castles at Bellinzona.
“When in Rome…”: Driving in holiday traffic through the St Gotthard tunnel. Surprisingly short queue. Or so I hear. Apparently slept through the 17 km long tunnel according to driver.
Food: Very much and very good. Ticino pizza, Salsiccia lasagne and white Nutella spread among many things.
Weather: Very sunny and very rich of birch pollen.
Scenery: Zürichsee and cherry blossoming, snowy mountain tops at St. Gottard gas station and beautiful Lake Lugano in bliss Saturday haze.
Note to self for the next time: bring allergy pills in ADVANCE. Don’t be angry at yourself for not bringing the tripod for the camera when you go to beautiful places - it’s your own fault. Try to not eat as much as the guys around you - it’s not a competition.
Switzerland did not let this snow-addict down. I was lyric when I had snow up to my thighs hiking on the mountain behind the Castel.
The view was not dissapointing either and I could probably get used to it. There you have it. If it’s not white and thigh high it just ain’t winter the way I want it!
All photos taken around Zuoz, the Castel hotel and it’s surrounding mountains.
Or three. The three kings hotel in Basel, Les Trois Rois, is located directly on the river Rhine, and approximately two kilometers from the German border. I’m here for New Years and are told that the official Basel fireworks take place on a boat parked right outside the hotel room. Thus the fireworks could be enjoyed from the convenience of the room’s terasse. If ever in Basel, stay here and try getting a river view room. The rest is just stellar. The staff, the interior, the bar, the details and the outstanding service from arrival to departure.
Not only do the trains run smoothly and on time, Zürich Central Station is a place where contemporary Switzerland meets history. Add a fading moon over Old Town in the morning and you got your picture perfect city.
& Lakeside Chilling
I just came back from an extended weekend trip to Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera. Switzerland fascinates me. To begin with it’s a tiny country (and I consider Sweden a tiny country). Second, consider the title. An absolute possible phrase in Switzerland that captures the linguistic characters of the country perfectly.
The home of cheese fondue would be a third reason and the magnificent landscape it holds, number four. I wont bore you with the onehundreandtwo other reasons, however I will present some more, in pixels. Tchüss/Salut/Ciao!