I have always enjoyed traveling, even if it meant sleeping in a tent when I was younger. I prefer hotels and cruise cabins now, but the motivation is the same...an adventure waiting to happen. Sometimes you will find me traveling with my husband and/or family. Sometimes I will travel alone, and sometimes I will travel with friends. I hope you find it entertaining to keep up to date with me as I explore the world around me. Warning...I like to take pictures of food so don't read if you're hungry. More adventures await...see ya soon...Amy.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Innsbruck, Austria to Zurich, Switzerland

Our train arrives into the station at Innsbruck

My view of the aisle from inside the train

Beautiful scenery from the train window
More scenery along the way

Entering Zurich on the train

Our room at the Radisson Blu

I've never seen a hotel TELL you how much they are liable for if there is theft from your hotel room safe. Wow!

This stone wall has the appearance of being woven. I didn't even see this door until Danny pointed it out to me

What I wish all chocolate milk tasted like....70% cocoa content chocolate melted in cold milk....miam, miam

The Bahnhofstrasse...the miracle mile of shopping in Zurich

Old Zurich along the riverside

Old Zurich along the riverside

Old Zurich with a McDonald's right in the middle

Our dinner restaurant, Swiss Chuchi in the Adler hotel

We ate the traditional fondue and a salad for supper. A perfect ending to our journey

Danny doing his best to enjoy the scenery despite the clouds of cigarette smoke

Our table neighbors were eating a typical swiss dish Raclette....kind of like having a hibachi at your table. They bring cheese, potatoes, tomatoes, and the meat that you choose and you cook it yourself. There is a little tray at the bottom to melt the cheese in. We didn't eat this on this trip, but maybe next time

Yet another Maserati

Old Zurich

We thought these sculptures made out of farm implements were really unique

Old Zurich

We thought this restaurant sign was funny....doesn't it just look like a fork with a vienna sausage?

Oh if only Laduree had been open!

Old Zurich in the background with more modern Zurich in the foreground

Zurich HB train station
We had a late morning train today so we slept an hour later than usual and took our time getting ready. We ate breakfast at the hotel and once again saw some very, very strange things on the buffet. There's a lot of food in this world I have never encountered and after what I have seen just on the breakfast buffet here, I'm not so sure that I want to. Our train to Zurich was delayed 20 minutes this morning which really wasn't much of a problem. Riding the train is so much easier than air travel because there is no security and you arrive for your train about 20 minutes before it departs so your wait isn't very long either. Of course I have Danny to lift the suitcases on and off the train, so you would have to ask him if he thinks it's easier or not. I thought that we would be eating lunch in the Zurich train station again, but I was mistaken. We wouldn't arrive in Zurich until after 4 so we snacked on nuts and chocolate until we got there. We are staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the train station. The station and the hotel are also connected to the airport so we never really have to leave the building tomorrow. After arriving in Zurich, we changed trains to a different train that would stop at the airport train station. We found the hotel in the station, dropped our bags in our room, and got right back on the train to go into the old town part of Zurich. The hotel gave us a recommendation for a restaurant that would serve authentic swiss food, but when we arrived, they said we needed a reservation to eat inside even though this was not an expensive restaurant. We knew that the smoking section was always outside, so we gritted our teeth, held our breath, and tried to choose a table outside that wasn't surrounded by smokers. The food was delicious and the fondue was better than what we ate in Luzern, but we weren't successful in avoiding the smokers and Danny left the table with a terrible sore throat. It's really a shame that sitting outside at a cafe in Europe, watching the world go by, used to be a really pleasant and fun thing to do. It's very irritating that non-smokers have to choose to sit inside where it's warm and stuffy or else suffer from respiratory irritation....grrrr. After dinner we walked through Old Zurich and walked down Bahnhofstrasse, the one mile shopping street which is very much like Michigan Avenue, aka the Magnificent Mile, in Chicago. We stopped at our favorite bakery, Sprungle, for one of those cold chocolate drinks we wished we had tried before and a dessert to eat back at the hotel. We will spend the evening packing and preparing for our trip back home tomorrow. It's been an incredible journey with family and each other. Our travel arrangements have been flawless thus far, which is a refreshing change of pace for me. I hope you have enjoyed following the blog as much as I have enjoyed recording the details and memories of my trip. Until next time....

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