We closed out our brief Swiss holiday – sort of a vacation from all that Mediterranean warmth and sunshine – with two days in Zürich. That’s not nearly enough time to experience this vital, vibrant city, but we were meeting friends in Provence so that’s all the time we had. And what little time we had there was pretty cold and wet. Not that we’re complaining; we’ve had very little use for our umbrellas in the 14-plus months we’ve been traveling so we were way overdue for some rain.
One of the advantages of a rainy day is that we’re more likely to go into a museum, so we headed off to Zürich’s Kunsthaus (where I walked around in wet shoes and socks…) to see the permanent collection ranging from the Middle Ages to contemporary art. It was a great experience, with all sorts of “bold name” artists, from Van Gogh & Picasso to Manet & Warhol. Apparently it has one of the (or perhaps the) largest collection of Edvard Munch in the world, due to his friendship with a director of the museum. We spent some three hours there and, but for tired (wet) feet and the need for lunch, could have spent several more hours.
Otherwise it was good food, a great bar with perfect Perfect Manhattans, and continued shock at the prices of everything. We’ve moved on to Cannes now, so we’ll write about that soon.