Apparently summer is not quite summer-like in Europe. Overcast days are common during the months most people would expect sunshine, and rain falls often enough that natives are never without raincoats and umbrellas before leaving home.
RAS resided here in Switzerland for five years in the late 80’s and early 90’s and was well-acquainted with this climate. He told me it’s a lot like Seattle’s “June-uary,” and to try to pack some warmer clothes. So what do I do for this trip? Bring almost nothing but shorts, capris and short-sleeved t-shirts. Since I forgot my beloved and oh-so-handy yoga pants at home, we searched for another pair in a Zürich department store and found a decent black pair, although with their elongated length, I think they were specifically designed for super-models.
But I’m actually doing OK with my fashion choice. Perhaps being an adapted Coloradan helps.
We are now down in the French-speaking part of the country, near Montreux, where they are getting ready for the famous jazz festival and on our way to Zermatt later today. I’ll post about this lovely lakeside area tomorrow, but here are some of my photos of Zürich, as promised:
Part of Zürich’s altstadt (old town), an area that’s considered anything built before the late 19th century. If it weren’t for RAS, I definitely could’ve gotten lost here – and I have a keen sense of direction. Many of the towns here have this cobblestone construction to their streets and wind along in this nonlinear pattern.
More of the altstadt, on the Limmat River.
A Swiss store with some very cool (and expensive) sculptured cows.
Because of the rain, I couldn’t take a lot of pictures here. Most of Zürich is urban, and we didn’t see much that would be considered iconic. Perhaps I just need to stop being so wimpy and take more pictures, even if it’s cold and raining.