In July we joined Big Art (Arthur's Father), and Marji (Arthur's wicked stepmother) for a delightful trip to Switzerland with all of their children, spouses, and grandchildren. We based ourselves in Meiringen, a delightful village south of Luzern. Over the next days and weeks I will share my journal, photographs, and other goodies from our trip.

Day 5 - 17 Juli - Tuesday in München and Zürich

We get up early and pack and shower and have breakfast next to two pretty Englishmen. It's early and relatively cool, so we take a bit of a walk. We wander over to Marienplatz, as people are preparing the stores for the day.

We go over to the Beer Hall and peek in, and enjoy the older buildings that fill the district. Then we find Alte Hof, part of which is an ancient royal building, the other parts of the quadrangle made up of very handsome modern buildings. There is an equestrian statue of Ludwig IV, who built the original complex.

We wander around the Rathaus so as to see the Frauenkirche again. I want to photograph the choir sculptures. There's a bit of organ music as well. The same thing at St. Michael's where we go to see the tomb of Ludwig II. In a strange way it is quite moving. Here lies a brother beset by his own time. It's sobering.

Then to Bodo's for cherry cake again, and a rush to check out of the hotel, and get over to the train station to catch our 12:17 train. There's a quick drink before we get on board.

We are across from two younger Swiss men. Noisy, but having a good time, they're relaxing in a way. Arthur has made reservations in the Dining Car, so we move down there for lunch (Veal with mushrooms, and carrot cake, Arthur, pork loin with vegetables and peppers).

Back at our seats, there's some sleep, and I continue with Günter Grass. Out the window is Lake Constance, and it's beautiful, we've touched a bit of Austria.

We arrive in a very hot Zürich, and walk some distance to our newly remodeled hotel (Imbris) in a funking but "up and coming" part of town. We settle in, and then take the bus down near the river and wander around a bit. We find the Predigerkirche and Großmunster and both are closed. There's not much to see as everything is shut down.

We go for dinner at Rotes Kamel (Salad, Braised Beef with Vegetables and noodles, Arthur, Dried Beef in Beet Leaves ­ A 'bread pudding') We take a bus back, and Arthur goes down to listen to music, have a drink and write. I sleep.


MTH 8/18/07
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