Saturday, 13 August 2011

Zurich - sunbathing with mountain view

My first journey brought me to Zurich where a friend of mine has recently moved. A good reason for us two girls to explore the city. 

the city center

To get an overview, we climbed on the church tower of the Grossmünster. The french writer Victor Hugo has described, the double towers which are a landmark of the city as "pepper mills"! Have a look on their shape and you will recognise!

Grossmünster: first impressions over the roofs of Zurich

The first thing I have spotted from one of the pepper mills is the old bathing place for women which is called "Frauenbadi"
All around the lake Zurich and the river Limmat, you can find this nice little bathing places, some of them made of wood and floating on the water, some of them simple spots on the riverside to dip in.
The special thing about this one; it hosts a club in the evenings called Barfussbar. 

Barfussbar Frauenbadi 
After a first orientation we were heading into the old city part to have a look at the small shops and find some nice cafes. First address for coffee and cake: Café Schober.
After a little rest on the terrace we were well prepared to explore the narrow streets and lanes full of little treasures.

One very nice shop for example is the concept store limited stock, where one can find precious items from all over the world, like glasses, ceramics, tools, handbags, etc.
Another treasure island this time for tea is very close: Shui Tang - Liquid Delicacies.

along the river

On the other side of the Limmat you find the main shopping district around the Bahnhofstrasse, where all the big names have their address. The more South you go, the more expensive it gets.

On one of our walks along the river shore, we passed the old industrial quater "Kreis 5" which has turned into a vibrant cultural center. One example is an old shipyard hall, "Schiffbau", which hosts today a theater, jazz club, restaurant, etc.

culture center "Schiffsbau"

Another nice example which reminded me of Paris is "Im Viaduct". The old railway bridge has turned into shops and cafes, which are situated in the bows of the bridge, which is still in use.

im Viaduct
As I love oriental food, my friend took me for a break to the "Tearoom-Maison Blunt" for some Mezza and self-made lemonade with vanilla and orangeblossom water. No need to mention that it was good!

match made in heaven

But after a couple of days with swimming in the lake, BBQ and aperetifs on the roof terrace, I had to leave again, but not before I have filled up my bag with cheese and chocolate. No matter what the guys on the picture might think about it!

But as my friend said: 
"People who can make such good chocolate (well, and cheese), can just be nice!

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