Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Tale of the Two Munsters.

When you tend to wake up earlier then everyone else in the family, the first morning after a big travel day can move very slowly.  While the family slept I worked on the first blog post then took a little walk through our neighbourhood.   We are staying at a Sheraton that is in a complex that looks like it use to be an old factory.  I hit a super posh chocolatier for a cafe and croissant.  You know your are in Switzerland when you walk out of the cafe with 11 less dollars in your pocket....

After a groggy and slightly grumpy start, we headed out for the day.  We started out on the tram, then jumped off when we saw a cool looking church high up on hill.

Inside there was a girl rehearsing a song for what we assume was a wedding. She had an outstanding voice.
Someone was still waking up.....

This house was part of this neighbourhood, it looks like it belongs in rural France.

This was a really interesting neighbourhood.  The architecture was very diverse, it was very private and only minutes from the core of Zurich.  Within minutes we were down by the lake.

Zurich Marathon leader.
She made the boats look like the were standing still.
I was waiting for this lady to pass me so I could take her picture, but she was moving so slow I had to turn around and walk the other way for a little while....

On the Quaibruke bridge Fraumunster is the green guy on the left, and Grossmunster is on the right.

After lunch we explored the the romanesque styled Grossmunster church.  The super munster took 120 years to build and was officially inaugurated in 1220, just three years before Veronica Cameron-Stewart was born.  Apparently the two towers were erected in 1487 and 1492.

Finmunster outside the Grossmunster.
Stacey and Bronwyn hiking up the munster.
Spectacular views from all sides of the Grossmunster.

It took five takes to get the grumpmunster in blue to smile.
Fin spiralling down the core of the munster.

Funky fountain outside the candy store.

What do you do when you walk out of a candy store and there is a steep hill in front of you?
You race Gumballs!!!  Stacey  1 - rest of Maddock's 0.

We walked across the aptly named Munster Brucke to get to Fraumunster Abbey.

Fraumunster Abbey is really old, it dates back to 853 (does that make you feel better Veronica?).  What makes this place quite unique are the five large stained glass windows that were done in 1970 by Russian artist Marc Chagall.  We couldn't really get a picture that would do them justice, but trust us, they are fantastic and very much Chagall.
Fraumunsters sweet organ.

A not so great pic of a few of the Chagall stained glass windows in Fraumunster Abbey.
Loved this row of buildings just outside of the Fraumunster.
It's race time!!
Big come from behind win by Bronwyn!

All in all, it was a fantastic day exploring this fascinating city.  We loved the vast diversity in its architecture and its charming streets that you could meander along.  

Tomorrow morning we are on the train enroute to Salzburg, Austria.  The hills are alive.....

1 comment:

  1. I'll admit I'm old enough to have seen some cool bands, but unless im a vampire... the architecture? Ok, I'll give you the Chagall windows!