Trip Start Feb 21, 2007
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After arriving to Basel to see a fantastic sunrise, I decided instead of going directly to Munich (can't anyways), that I might as well kill a few hours in Zurich since I had to pass that way anyhow....
I realize I can't possibly do Zurich the justice it clearly deserves, but I also don't think I could've financially afforded to be there longer than 4 hours anyways!!! What a beautiful city! It was immaculately clean, had trams flying by left and right, and every street seemed to be like Michigan Ave., full of shops and rich people. Hell everyone has to be rich to live here I think. I tried to find a homeless person, or beggar, or Roma, or hawker, heck anything and I just simply couldn't
So there´s 3 main churches there, only one of which I remember the name of, so Ill just leave blanks or something for now, and then have to get back to you on that one! sorry, but thats what happens when I try to see a city in 4 hrs with equal amount of sleep... augh. Anyhow, I first went down the main road, which is full of shops and rich people and allegedly all the Swiss banks money is below those sidewalks. Not too surprising given the shops... and the prices! ouch. Checked out St. Peters church, which has the largest clockfaces on its steeple in Europe. Cool
I followed the river down towards Lake Zurich (which actually surprised me... I only know of it as a suburb where some family lives... duh!) and came across a fantastic outdoor market in the Bürkliplatz, selling mostly flower, fruits and veggies, bread and cheese, and only a couple fish and meat places. The best thing about this place was that I could get a relatively affordable lunch and snacks, and so I took advantage of a guy selling freshly grilled-while-u-wait Bürkliwurst - kind of like a long thin spicy hot dog mit speziall sauce - basically spicy coleslaw. YUM. Then checked out the third church, Grossmünster, which is double steepled, and you can climb to the top of one of the steeples for a fantastic view of Zurich and its surrounds. The climb up must be the same for every church steeple - not unlike the climb up the bell tower of a church in Rovinj I think it was? except minus the bird crap....well mostly anyways! But the view was worth it! Had a nice stroll along the river and another great view from the nearby park of Lindenhof, and then caught a train to München. Speedy McGee here.... if I could afford it I would totally live here.... they seem to actually appreciate the arts and pay good money for it (heck they pay good money for a crappy sandwich too I suppose, but still...). There were musicians carrying around instruments everywhere - and not just guitars! Mostly violins I think. There's an awesome Steinway store WOW, and posters for dance schools and performances. Everyone seems to be happy and riding around on bikes and just in general enjoying life and other peoples money.... and can you blame them?