Well, the April marathon is drawing to a close and before I write about Switzerland’s largest city, let’s have a little recap of A-Y.
Aleppo – Syria’s most historic city and an absolute jewel before the conflict
Bilbao – Spain’s Basque capital and home to the Guggenheim Museum
Cape Town – The beautiful South African city dominated by Table Mountain
Damascus – The capital of Syria where the stunning Umayyad Mosque is located
Edinburgh – Wonderful Scottish city, also home to the fabulous Fringe Festival
Frankfurt – Surprisingly pretty German city on the Main River
Guangzhou – Industrial Chinese city that I visited in the mid ’90s with its incredible snake restaurant
Havana – Vibrant capital of Cuba situated on the Caribbean. Classic car ride anybody?
Istanbul – Amazing city that straddles two continents that are divided by the Bosphorus
Jakarta – Indonesia’s current capital that is slowly sinking
Kaliningrad – A Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea, home to an interesting maritime museum
Luang Prabang – Spiritual city in Laos where hundred of monks are based
Marrakech – The most eclectic city in Morocco with its chaotic Djemaa el Fna Square
New Orleans – The US city on the Mississippi River where debauchery is encouraged
Oslo – Norway’s capital where some of my favourite ever museums are located
Petra – Ancient Nabatean city hewn out of the rock
Qobustan – City and region in Azerbaijan, home to the world’s best preserved mud volcanoes
Rio de Janeiro – No introduction necessary for Brazil’s party capital
Samarkand – Truly majestic Timurid city in Uzbekistan
Tbilisi – Georgia’s capital is wonderful and a must visit
Urganch – Gateway to the amazing Uzbekistan city of Khiva
Vientiane – Capital of Laos where many fine temples are located
Warsaw – Remarkable capital of Poland rebuilt after the devastation of WWII
AiX en Provence – Lovely French city surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Provence
Yerevan – Delightful capital of Armenia where I arrived on their Independence Day
I have visited Zurich twice – once in 2015 as part of an independent train tour of Italy & Switzerland and again this year as an arrival point for a weekend in Liechtenstein.
The city is very pretty with the Limmat River running through it. Just a pity it is so eye-wateringly expensive to visit.
Both of my visits have been brief – once arriving by train from Zermatt for a day and the second time when we caught a train to the border with Liechtenstein, following Zurichsee for much of the route.
Consequently we didn’t visit any museums or go to any events, just strolling by the river and eating in restaurants.
Here are a few pictures of the visits.
Well, that’s it until next year as far as the challenge is concerned. I hope that you have enjoyed my posts this year.
Who knows when we will be able to travel again. I sincerely wish for it to be before too long. In the meantime, stay safe and please keep reading.