Sunday, October 3, 2010

My Swiss Holiday

I was in Switzerland with my parents for vacation for 10 days. We travelled to every region of that country: to the German-speaking region in the north, the French region in the west, and the Italian region in the south. We went to Zurich, Bellinzona, Montruex, and Geneva; and passed through many more.

My favorite was definitely Zurich.  Maybe because I spent the most time there and had time to fall in love with the city. It is a city with diversity, culture, and class. I loved the Chagall windows at Fraümunster, the amazing collection at Kunsthaus Museum, and its old and new parts alike.
Clockwise from top left: View from my Marriot hotel room at dusk; Fraümunster and St. Peter Hofstatt;
 Kunsthaus Museum; Bahnhofstrausse.

Bellinzona is a tiny valley town surrounded by mountains, and boast 3 castles all to itself.  But do practice your Italian if you go or expect your English to get you nowhere.
Clockwise from top left: Via Lake Luzern; Castelgrande from my hotel; My parents atop Castelgrande; Starting at the top, view of Castello di Sasso Corbaro, Castello di Montebello, and Chiesa dei SS. Pietro e Stefano.

Montreux is a warm resort town on the eastern shore of Lake Geneva.  It has a casino, and is a city built into a steep curvy hillside.  It has a lot of Chinese restaurants; and for a reason...
Clockwise from top left: View from my hotel room; Via the Golden Pass; Lake Geneva at sunset.

Geneva is very diverse and cosmopolitan, but lacks the sense of order and class that Zurich has. It has a rich connection with the Reformation. It also has Tex-Mex restaurants, and Italian places that include Chinese fondue on its menu.
Clockwise from top left: The famous fountain in Lake Geneva; St. Peter's Cathedral (left) and Calvin's Auditorium (right); Rue Jean-Calvin.

Much more can be said about my Swiss holiday, but don't want to start the novel today.  Ask me, and I'll tell you.


  1. oooh, looks like you had a great trip! I've never been to Europe at all- hope to go someday soon :-)

  2. Looks soooo lovely. I wish I was there. I didn't know about the Chagall windows! I love Chagall.


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