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In Love with Zurich, part 4

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We ended our day with a wonderful fondue followed by another long stroll through the city to enjoy the lights and the conviviality of the crowds.

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06 Nov 2015

In Love with Zurich, part 3

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Continuing our quest, we went in search of the modern walkable labyrinth, the Zeughaushof. A labyrinth set within a labyrinth, it is obviously popular with locals who bring their lunches and sit on the benches to enjoy both the garden and the sunshine. The outer labyrinth is a charming creative garden pathway, while the inner 7-circuit labyrinth is made of cobblestone and gravel.

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With the Labyrinths found and photographed, we walked back down through the Old City to the lake, then up to Lindenhof, the highest point in the city with its spectacular  views of the river, the city, and the snow-covered Alps in the distance.

06 Nov 2015

In Love with Zurich, part 2

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Our priority, naturally, was to search out the city’s two labyrinths, one very old,  one modern. This labyrinth set into the wall of a house in the old city dates back to 1585. We went into the shop that now occupied the building and had a wonderful chat with its proprietress,  Denise. She told us that the house had been built by a woman whose brother was in the nearby monastery so that the family would have someplace to stay when they visited. The labyrinth would have represented the path to Paradise.

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Denise also showed us into the building so we could get a sense of the interior,  then gave us ideas for what to see and where to go for the best local food. I love the people we meet on our labyrinth quests.  There was such a sweet kinship between us,  and it was hard to wave goodbye.  (Denise,  if you are reading this,  thank you for touching our hearts!)

06 Nov 2015

In Love with Zurich, part 1

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I did not expect to fall so deeply in love with Zurich.  I’m sure the incredible weather has something to do with my euphoria,  and  it definitely played up the city’s charm,  but I think it is the people who make this city what it is. I’ve had such a lovely day that I scarcely know where to start.

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This guardian angel,  one of Nike de Saint Phalle’s famous “Nana” sculptures greets visitors arriving at the main train station. Perhaps it was her blessing the made our day so magical.

06 Nov 2015

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