Zurich: It's All About The Benjamins Baby!!!!

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Sep 04, 2008

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Ok moms: "Benjamins" refers to 20 dollar bills because benjamin franklin is on the 20 dollar bill. Ok, now that we have the explanation out of the way, let us elaborate. We are in Zurich Switzerland, and they have a lot of money here. Ever hear of a Swiss bank account? Well they know all about it here. Zurich is a lovely city, with a hint of old world charm. By old world charm, i mean they like their cobble streets. Ahhhhh! Very bumpy in the wheelchair but charming, sure. We kind of blew it here because we stayed so far outside the city in a town called Richterswil. We couldn't complain about the beautiful hostel though. We had a giant room all to ourselves and a private bathroom. It was expensive to train back into the city so we only made the journey once. We relaxed, slept in and walked around the tiny town a bit. We had dinner at the 3 wisemen or Drei Kroenege. Italian faire and boy was it delicious. It rained for two days and we stayed inside transfering photos from the cameras to the computer via our new harddrive. A trip to the local grocery kept us well fed and satisfied. Our hostel was situated right on lake Zurich or Zurichsee as they call her. Our hostel had once been a winery,silk shop and B&B. We slept great with the windows open and the sounds of the lake soothing us in the night.
When we did go into town, we ended up taking a boat trip for lunch and saw most of the city from the water. We popped inside GrossMunster church. You've seen one, you've seen 'em all. Then we walked around the shopping district. We stopped at Rachel's Mecca aka Sprungli Confiserie for some tasty treats. Something called a Luxemburgerli which looked like a tiny hamburger, but tasted like a dream. We looked at our watches and decided we had time for the Beyer Watch and Clock Museum. This place was very interesting and informative. At first i thought it was a tourist trap. We had to take an elevator inside a watch store, to the basement. No doubt they would try to sell us watches. I was completely surprised to learn it was a guided tour of a private collection of watches and time pieces owned by the Beyer family. They are a family of watchmakers that goes way back about 7 generations. Our guide showed us the oldest clock in Switzerland which was a counterweight clock that had been used to ring the bells. It was not very accurate but was from 1522, so cut them some slack. She started the crank to show us how it really worked. Awesome! We learned about the first pocketwatches and their flaws in design. The pendulum clock was the first clock to keep accurate time. We saw clocks that had once been owned by royalty as well. It was kind of a fascinating little place but who needs a watch to know that it was time for more FONDUE!!! This time it was the real deal. A melted cheese for starters and then a broth to cook the beef in. Tiny little salads were courtesy of the chef. I think he could tell we are class all the way!!
We will need to visit Zurich again to enjoy all this city has to offer. The beauty of lake Zurich is worth more than any bank account, even a Swiss one.
Auf Wiedersehen
Shan & Rach
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themarskes on

It's gotta beat Japanese cheese!
I am still jealous of the cheese dearies! I love reading your blogs. Enjoy your travels and keep them coming....luv ya!

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