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An afternoon in Zurich, Switzerland

By on March 8, 2014 in Switzerland

I arrived in Zurich at 1:20 pm for a flight at 10:45 pm, so I decided to explore the town using the map I had finally managed to get from Tourist Information at the train station.

Using the map I took a circular route from the train station down through the old part of town, and then back up along Bahnhofstrasse to the station. It turned out to be a really good walk….

Zurich is an interesting town with some very nice architecture and a very pleasant little circular walk that can be done from the train station, through the old town, if you have a couple of hours to kill (there are also some very handy lockers at the station in which you can leave your bags etc.). However, on the day I was in town there seemed to be a small protest going on (that involved throwing condoms at a church??) and the streets in the old town had a real carnival atmosphere with bands playing in fancy dress, and glitter/confetti being thrown everywhere… All very strange.

I have no idea what was going on but the Swiss are a fairly crazy bunch.

What is going on...?

What is going on…?

Band members on the street enjoying lunch….

What are these crazy Swiss up to?

What are these crazy Swiss up to?

However, not all of them seemed to be enjoying what was going on….

What are these people up to?

What are these people up to?

Friendly bunch…

Madness in Zurich....

Madness in Zurich….

Seem to be a lot of confetti thrown around…

The centre of Zurich, particularly the old town, was very nice with lots of small interesting roads and shops to explore.

The streets of Zurich...

The streets of Zurich…

One thing that I did spot was a protest going on….

Protest in Zurich

Protest in Zurich

Which seems to have resulted in condoms being thrown at a church….

No idea what was going on in the protest but they seem to have thrown a lot of condoms at the church

No idea what was going on in the protest but they seem to have thrown a lot of condoms at the church

All a bit odd, and a bit surreal…

However, in the early spring sun the walk round the town centre was great, and a lot of people were out enjoying the day…

Zurich Lake

Zurich Lake

Relaxing by the water

Relaxing by the water

Local Busker in Zurich

Local Busker in Zurich

Chess...

Chess…

One last mystery…. How were they doing that? (see below)

How are they doing that?

How are they doing that?

Note: Looking back this post was a ‘water-shed’ moment because it was when I was wandering around Zurich that I discovered I had a real interest in ‘street-photography’, and it was the above post that really determined the future direction of this blog.

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