Travel: Zurich

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I’ve been to Zurich once very briefly crossing the German border nearly 20 years ago, so it was really nice to be back and get taken around by my local Swiss German friend. There’s so much to be said about Zurich, but I think it’s better to leave you with snippets of my trip in photos.

Loved this catapult art installation that doubles up as a swing by Kosovo artist Sisley Xhafa. My friend lives in an immigrant neighbourhood, one of the few areas with high rise residential buildings. The artist is best known for his works on conflicts, resistance, despair, alienation and belonging – this giant catapult in situ is definitely a conversation starter in this space and time.

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We stayed at The Dolder Grand, part historic, medieval Germanic style castle, part uber-modern luxury hotel, the new wing is designed by Norman Foster and the entire hotel is peppered with an eclectic collection of Art pieces – courtesy of the owner. There are original Warhols and other renowned contemporary artists.IMG_0642 IMG_0759

Dinner at The Restaurant, a two Michelin-starred restaurant at The Dolder.IMG_0822 IMG_0828

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Loved these floaty fishing cages at The DolderIMG_0851

Balcony views from The Dolder.

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Went out with an old high school classmate I haven’t seen in 20 years and she’s made Zurich home for 10. We did vegetarian food at Mesob that serves delicious Eritrean & Ethiopian cuisine. Sooo good. The other great vegetarian option we did was Haus Hiltl with a buffet spread of everything you imagined – from Indian chickpeas to hummus and fresh greens, they have it all and you pay by the weight of what you consumed.IMG_0895

LOVE Spruengli chocolates. The century old chocolaterie is also famous for the Swiss rendition of the French macarons called Luxemburgerli. They are denser and filled with buttercream, and rather delightful.

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The Dolder Grand barIMG_2950

Thousands of original graphic design posters at the Gestaltung design museum.

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I took the train from Zurich to St Moritz and it’s front row seats with Mother nature in the winter. IMG_4016

Original wooden puppets by Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber.IMG_6706

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Lamps and more lamps at Museum GestaltungIMG_8003

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Finally, this beautiful tableau on the window display of an atelier of a community of mice in the sewing atelier. It’s all in the little details.IMG_0971 IMG_0975 IMG_0976 IMG_0977 IMG_9418

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