A few little trips
Trip Start Jan 03, 2010
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Arriving the city with not much of a plan but to enjoy the day, we found a parking structure, grabbed our backpacks and headed out with an umbrella in hand and coffee on the mind...and an uneasy feeling about the price we would be paying for a parking spot in one of the most expensive cities. Funny enough McDonalds was the first stop. I wanted a place to sit and skim through my Loneley Planet book to see if anything popped out under the 'Zurich' section.
We walked the city streets, browsing in the shops, taking in the misty atmosphere of a rainy Zurich morning. We found an Apple Store where I had to run in and check my email. I know. Sounds crazy and almost pathetic that just arriving Switzerland that's one of the first things to do after going to McDonalds...but, with limited internet access in Weingarten you take it when you can get it. And, the computers were amazing.
I was on the search for chocolate. Probably the one of few things I wanted to find. It didn't take long to find a chocolate shop. I could have spent the day in there. Walking in the store with automatic doors opening before you I could feel my mouth salivating. The displays of chocolate were beautiful. Each box of chocolate stacked perfectly, packaged to perfection, ornately decorated with ribbons and such. I watched the men and women making the chocolates, trying not to look too much like a child with my mouth open and big smile on my face
With many places to walk and browse the day got away quickly. I stopped frequently to check out prices. Prices of pastries, clothing, shoes, purses, kebabs...I was curious if this high-price city was outrageous on all levels. For the most part yes. The pastries were at least double what they were in Germany, menu items at restaurants were quite high and other merchandise expensive. I was surprised to find clothing and shoes reasonably priced...at least the few I looked at. The window displays on some of the streets were beautiful.
It was a nice day. Low-key and relaxed. Arriving back to the parking structure we ended up paying quite a bit for parking...can't remember the amount but was to be expected. Driving away we stopped a few times to get some pictures but wasn't too successful with the beautiful photos I expected to get being in Switzerland and all. It's okay though. My anticipation was opening the bag of two chocolate balls we bought. Yes, only two...maybe two inches in diameter...costing about 9 US dollars for the two. I almost puked when she rang up the total. I wanted to tell the woman to put them back...also to mention how absolutely insane it was to charge that much for a chocolate ball.
Well, I must say it was pretty darn good. Really good actually. I savored that chocolate ball till I couldn't anymore. Delicious. Worth that much...no, but I was happy to indulge.
We made our way out to Schloss Neuschwenstein in Bavaria on the way out to the Black Forest for my "farm stay" which I'll write about later. It is a place where you go to see the beautiful castle. There were actually two castles...from the road you could see how beautiful they were. We didn't get a chance to go up and explore in the castle due to time restraints, but it was still a joy to see from the ground up. My pictures I took didn't turn out so well but I suggest googling it to see what it looks like...especially during the winter! It was a great drive there and back...you can't go wrong with the scenery.
I was able to go to another look out point in Germany...somewhere I can't remember where...but I do remember I was able to drive there! It was my turn to drive. No more passenger Shana. Christian could have a break from listening to me complain about his driving. German drivers. Too fast. Ah. I did get to drive on the autobahn again. Love it...and intimidated by it at the same time. People FLY by...seriously you better be quick with reactions because you will get plowed. I accelerated probably more than I ever have just because I could (only a short time mom) and then back to the right lane.
Animals, animals. Stopped a few times to say hello to the horses. So beautiful. One picture I posted was of a Shana look-a-like. I wanted this horse. And now that I'm writing this I think he was an Icelandic horse. After just spending a week on the farm with 15 Icelandic horses I have an idea of what they look like now! Gorgeous. Probably my top pick for when I get my own!