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Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
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Trip End Aug 02, 2009


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday 28th July 2009



Our Swiss air flight had us arriving at Zurich airport on time as promised and as expected.
It is no coincidence that Swiss watches and punctuality go hand in hand. Tony
exchanged our remaining Euro into Swiss franc and we set to hail cab into the
city of Zurich. Our ride was both pleasant and efficient and our arrival at the Hotel
Continental was met with an over whelming, warm and friendly greeting.

We took our bags to our room and both quickly agreed that despite the reputation of the
hotels such as the Waldorf that we had previously stayed in, the room we had entered was by far
he best we had stayed in during our three weeks of traveling. We left our hotel and
walked into what is known as the "Old City" of Zurich where we quickly discovered the most amazing
setting of the most beautiful buildings, trendy cafes and bars, interesting shops and
amazing street scape, this was Europe at its best.

As we walked the streets, our camera was clicking until such time as an exchange of the
camera between Tony & Glenn led to a dropped slips catch and the camera no
longer worked. Resolving clearly that we needed a camera we crossed the
picturesque river of Zurich into the "New City" which houses 70% of the worlds business
infrastructure and eventually found our way into the equivalent of Zurich's David Jones
store where we purchased a replacement camera to ensure that our memories of our
trip were not lost.

Back to our hotel for a freshen up and then into the old city for schnitzel and pizza. Zurich, whilst
being smaller than our previous destinations is impressive at every level and most
importantly we both could be understood by the locals. Our return to our hotel at around
midnight and into the most comfortable beds we had experienced on out trip so far.

Wednesday 29th July 2009

7.30AM and we were out of bed, showered and down at the hotel Continental for breakfast.
We left the hotel and 9AM, crossed the river, passed the Central Railway station and boarded
our tour coach to Lucerne and the Swiss Alps. We left Zurich observing the sites and having
our tour hostess,Rosemary, inform us about the city and Switzerland in general. As we drove
towards Lucerne the scenery became more and more beautiful and majestic and when we
reached Lucerne we witnessed a historical city set on a lake many times the size of
Sydney harbor surrounded by snow capped mountains. After a coffee and a new t-shirt
for Tony in Lucerne we traveled to the base of Mount Pilatus to board our four seater
gondola, otherwise known in Oz as a chair lift, and began our climb of 2132 metres to
the top of one of many of Switzerland's most awesome mountains. We both decided that
having come this far that we should take the next step and hike to the summit of this
mountain to view scenery that was both indescribable and unimaginable, just awesome.

We returned from the summit and shared lunch before boarding the worlds steepest
cog wheel railway (48% gradient) to Alpnachestad followed by a charming boat ride
on Lake Lucerne, don't try to think of this being like any lake in Oz, its just unbelievable.
Then we left the boat in Lucerne and re boarded out coach for our return to Zurich. This
trip was just so different to anything we had experienced to date and was indeed a highlight
of our great adventure.

We returned to our hotel, watched a bit of Family Feud and Judge Judy on BBC TV, and then
returned to the Old City where we ate at a somewhat overpriced restaurant (Glenn's choice) which provided us with an excellent meal in a beautiful environment. On the walk home we had a night cap at a bar of Tony's choice and then on downing our drink decided to return to our
hotel.

Thursday 30th July 2009

Before we went to bed we had arranged with our hotel for a late checkout which for us meant we could sleep in, go out into the city of Zurich and then come back and pack our bags, so true to plan we slept in, arrived at breakfast being informed by our swiss host that we had exactly seven minutes to complete our breakfast duties (another example of the Swiss adherence to punctuality) and then into Zurich where we discovered some very interesting and individual Swiss shops where we purchased some gifts. We returned to our hotel at 1.30PM, completed packing our bags and checked out. It was 2.00PM and out flight was due to leave at 10.45PM, so our challenge was to loose these hours. In the end this was an easy task for two blokes who were happy checking out the stores, people watching and grabbing a relaxing coffee in the many cafes and bars in Zurich. We got back to our hotel at 6.30PM, changed into our flight gear and hopped into our taxi that was booked for 7.15pm and of course arrived at 7.15PM and arrived at Zurich airport, which is modern to the extreme and left what we both found to be a relaxing and friendly part of the world to head to the bright lights of Hong Kong.

Switzerland, its non coincidence that such a champion guy and tennis player hails from his part of the world. You should all check it out some day.






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