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Close up of Rodin's Gates of Hell at the Kunst Haus

I slept in a bit as I had difficulty sleeping last night. I got up after 2 housekeeping checks and a minibar check. They obviously wanted me to get up!

OMG! The sun was out, and alot of it. There were still clouds but the sun was dominant. I hoped that it would hold out and allow a proper look at the city.

I called Andrew and we decided to hang out today. He, his daughter, and I would explore together.

We decided to walk through the Neiderdorf area, first. From the work going on yesterday, the Christmas market should be open. A quick 2 stop train ride and we were in bahnhof. We had come in to a different part of the station ;and my initial attempt to get us out in the direction of the river, failed. It ;was an error easily corrected, though. It did expose me to a part of town that I had not visited.

Andrew figured out where we needed to turn to be headed in the right direction and we were off.

Landesmuseum on the River Limmat across from the Hauptbahnhof

I had walked this area in the rain, yesterday but, with Andrew and baby along and a sunny day, the experience was much better.

The walk through the market was picturesque but a bit disappointing as there really was much different than what was in the train station which itself was mostly disappointing. It was full of activity, sights, sounds and smells. It was a nice experience anyway.

We continued our walk past the Grossmunster and along the Limmat. We made our way to the lake front and were checking out the lake trip times when Andrew noticed that my camera’s LCD was displaying NO CARD. I was quite disturbed by this, of course. I opened the camera and didn’t see the memory stick.

We had to return to the hotel to get it! I apologize about the inconvenience but, Andrew was really nice about it.

Stiking colors of a cloudy sunset on the limmat
He even said that he could use it as an opportunity to check the baby’s diaper and get the bottle for later.

So, we returned to the hotel and made our respective journeys our rooms. I was unable to find the memory stick, opened the camera again, and noticed something stuck in the flash card slot. AAARRGGHH! I had it all along. I was embarrassed and didn’t say anything. We met up again, in the lobby, 15 minutes later. Off we go, again.

Back in town I got us in the right direction this time. We made a stop a Srungli to pick up some lunch and then walked along the river. We found a nice spot with a river view but, as it was a bus stop as well, we had some protection from the wind. We enjoyed our river view and had good conversation. The temperature seemed to be dropping and the wind was picking up but, we had the sun.

Next we decided to make our way to the funicular that went up the mountain side beyond the old town.

Christmas lighting in Niederdorf
On the way we passed the Kunst Haus, the city’s great art gallery. Out front there was a shiny black set of doors displayed. They had disturbing reliefs trying to break free of the door. The style looked very familiar  and the subject matter seemed to be …..maybe something to do with hell. It turns out that the piece was created by Rodin and was entitled “The Gates of Hell”. So, I couldn’t resist, I had Andrew take a picture of me knocking on “The Gates of Hell”. I took one for him, as well.

I was a short tram ride to our stop where we should be close to the funicular. Actually, we were very fortunate, the stop was directly in front of the funicular and our day ticket for transport included this ride. A

The ride was very steep and several stops later we were at the top. We walked around and into a park with a alide. We thought this would be a great thing for father and daughter to do, together.

NIght time in Zurich and the dramatic lighting
I took a picture and some video of the fun. After a brief look over of the park, it was time to go. The area was nice but, the view was mostly obstructed and the sun was in our faces, no pics of the view.

After returning to the base we headed to the Hauptbahnhof. After a brief walk along the river near the Landesmuseum, Andrew decided that the baby’s day was done. She was obviously tired and falling asleep. We parted and I continued on.

I went from there, back to Niederdorf and explored more of the Christmas market all lit up for the nighttime crowds. There were so many stalls selling hats, gloves, and scarves. You’d think that everyone here has enough of those items but, there must be a demand. There were several crafts stalls but, nothing really captured my attention. Hot wine was sold almost at every corner.

At every new cross street there were different lighting designs down the cross streets.

Chagal windows of the Fraumunster
It made you want to keep looking and keep walking, very smart of them.

I walked back down to the river as the sun was setting. The churches lighting was turning on and some of the Christmas trees were lit up. As the minutes passed, the city became quite the spectacle. Every corner and every bridge brought new opportunities for great shots.  

I saw that several  of the docks at the marina had no gates. I took that as an opportunity to get at a different closer point out on the water for different shots. It was a great spot.

Walking across the bridge, I saw that the Fraumunster was lit up. Chagall’s windows were glowing and provided a wonderful colorful artistic treat.

Grossmunster's little Chrtistmas tree.

I decided that it was time to go to the hotel. I walked the twisty passage back to Paradeplatz. With each new square, more Christmas tree and festive lighting, it was wonderful.

I take the train back and have dinner in the room. Rob was very, very late returning from his work dinner. I hope that tomorrow would be as sunny as today. I had big plans.  

 

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Christmas lighting in Niederdorf
Christmas lighting in Niederdorf
NIght time in Zurich and the drama…
NIght time in Zurich and the dram…
Chagal windows of the Fraumunster
Chagal windows of the Fraumunster
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Arch window on the Fraumunster
Arch window on the Fraumunster
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Landesmsueum
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Christmas market
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Courtyard ice skating rink
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