The Schweizerisches Landesmuseum and the journey home

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I got up and had a wonderful breakfast at the hotel. The breakfast buffet that is a part of the room price is quite extensive. There is fruits, yogurts, breads, cereals, meats, and cheeses with your choice of juices, water, or champagne. I was finished, and ready to go by 10:30. I caught the train into the center and put my luggage in one of the lockers (5 euro). There were so many people in the station, again but, it was raining, also.

I had the time to go the Landesmuseum as my train to Basel was to leave shortly after 13:00. The museum is to one side of Hauptbanhof so, it was easy.

I entered the courtyard and there was an ice skating rink set up. I’m sure that at night, all lit up, it must be spectacular. I went inside and tried to buy a ticket but, realized that I didn’t have quite enough and they do not take pin or credit card.

Oldest Palm Sunday Donkey - 1055 - Charnel house in Steinen, SZ
  So, I went back to the train station and found and ATM and returned with cash.

Ready for and education in Swiss history, I entered the exhibit area.

The National Museum Zurich contains Switzerland’s largest collection of objects regarding the cultural history of Switzerland. Its exhibition covers all periods, from prehistory to the 21st century. The museum is set up into two sections; History and Collection.

History - Swiss history from the earliest times to the present day, looking at four thematic areas. The first section shows the history of migration and settlement, the second examines religious and intellectual history, in the third Swiss political history is looked at and the fourth section focuses on the economic development of the country.

Collection - offers a representative overview of our own collections.

Reliquary close up
Twenty displays show craft products of differing trades. The museum possesses more than 820,000 objects, the largest collection covering cultural history and Swiss handicraft. The wood crafted and woven materials are quite magnificent in their preservation and age.

I was really enjoying myself…..too much. I thought to look at my watch and it was 12:45. I had to rush, now!

I raced to get my coat and get across the street, retrieve my luggage and get to the right train. There seemed to be 2 possible trains. I had a train number but there were no numbers on the board…….aaarrgghh! I decide on a train and get on. I see an attendant and get off the train briefly to ask him if I was on the right train. I showed him my ticket and he said that I was, thank God!

I settled, took out my computer, turned on my ipod and stated listening to Lady Gaga, and soon we were on our way.

Madonna of Flums - 1200 - Colored glass - painted (Church of St. James)

I focused on writing about my Zurich adventure and soon the hour was up and we were in Basel. That was quick! After reading a bit about the city, I have to return and check it out.

I bought my ticket for the bus to the airport (3 francs 80)  and went out in front of the station. I tried to hail the airport bus that was just leaving but he waved his head “no”.  Even the street vender thought that he was not very nice.

The next bus came along within 15 minutes so, the wait was short. The bus journey is only about 15 minutes and we are let off at the terminal in front of departures, the front door!

I bought a few snacks and a Basel souvenir.

Train back to Basel
Also, the kiosk had stamps, which I had not gotten, as I had a postcard to mail. So, that was taken care of before leaving Switzerland, sort of. Euro airport is on French soil…..whatever, right!

The process of getting through security was a breeze. While waiting for the departure, I read a great bit of the book of the collection of Landesmuseum. They have created an enjoyable book for such a fantastic exhibition. The book explains many of the historical facts surrounding the artifacts.

Soon, it was time to board. I continued my reading on the flight and the time went by, quickly.

Having only my carry on bag, I was able to get through arrivals and out to the train ticket kiosks.

Time to go home and sleep in my bed for a night. I would be back the next night for my next journey, my weekend with Rob in Madrid.

I hope for good weather and an enjoyable weekend.

 

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Courtyard view II
Courtyard view II
Oldest Palm Sunday Donkey - 1055 -…
Oldest Palm Sunday Donkey - 1055 …
Reliquary close up
Reliquary close up
Madonna of Flums - 1200 - Colored …
Madonna of Flums - 1200 - Colored…
Train back to Basel
Train back to Basel
Courtyard of Musuem
Courtyard of Musuem
Architectual details
Architectual details
Carriage in the courtyard
Carriage in the courtyard
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(UL) Stemmed beaker with coat of …
Wool embroidery 1601, Eastern Swit…
Wool embroidery 1601, Eastern Swi…
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Topsy-turvy world in Emmental - 1…
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Rustic cupboard - 1782, pinewood,…
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Lion as shield-barrer and seat - …
Triton in the lake valley - 1680, …
Triton in the lake valley - 1680,…
VIrtues and Vices - 1615 - Envy, A…
VIrtues and Vices - 1615 - Envy, …
Charlemagne in Zurich - 1551 - Cha…
Charlemagne in Zurich - 1551 - Ch…
Prestige and the Exotic - Blackam…
Prestige and the Exotic - "Blacka…
Foot Reliquary from Basle Cathedra…
Foot Reliquary from Basle Cathedr…
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Altarpiece with the Holy Family -…
Romanesque Madonna - diposed of wi…
Romanesque Madonna - diposed of w…
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