Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Blog 45 - 26th June

After a wonderful month in Europe, we have returned to Seoul with 100% humidity, torrential monsoon rains, thunder, lightning and a river running down our forest hillside. Although we took our microcomputer on our holiday, my fingers feel like sausages on those tiny keyboards so I have been saving up to post this blog. Now looking forward to revisiting our holiday as these experiences always seem to transtion into dreams the minute the plane lands home. I will post a series of four postings - one for each chapter of our trip. We spent a week in Switzerland, a week in France, another in Ireland and then the final chapter in England. I hope you enjoy seeing our adventures beginning in Zurich.

Dubai airport was buzzing at 4.00am. The bottom of this photo shoto shows the internal zen garden which were at each end of the terminal and provided a peaceful retrieve.

How many spires can one city have? A small side street off Bahnhofstrasse, the main street in Zurich.
While Damien attended the International Federation of Landscape Architects conference, I had fun exploring. I caught the local train to the top of Mount Uetliberg, the highest local peak. Great views.
Friends and colleagues, Tong Mahn and You Mi, tasting fondue for the first time - I think it may also be the last!

I accidentally came across the Zurich market in the main train station. Zurich is memorable for the cheese, bread and great coffee, all which are impossible to find in Korea. The sculpture below is part of a permanent instalation hanging from the station roof.

One of us us still waking up here. Every morning we ate breakfast at the best cafe in Zurich,, Sprungli, which is a world famous chocolate and coffee place . Always ask the young women in reception for local tips. This was a winner - even had bircher muesli!

Zurich Lake was so full of bathing beauties every day of the summer holidays.

Can you spot Damien in the photo above?

Another bathing beauty!!

Damien's research assistant Gun Woo, accompanied us to Zurich. He is leaving soon to begin his PhD in the US. Good luck Gun Woo and thank you for all the interpreting of Korean mysteries and supporting Damien during his time as professor here.

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