Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 2 in Zurich

Emily and Thomas in their kitchen - I finally caught Emily sitting still! It's been a busy couple of days and a full house for them. Emily's mom and aunt were here, as well as Joshua and I. Today Max is at daycare, so it's quiet in the house.

Yesterday Thomas took us on a city tour around the center of Zurich. I couldn't help snapping photos of all the great bike infrastructure. Below, lanes for everyone.

Even if you are turning left...

We rode up onto a path that goes over the river, an amazing urban river that flows from the gigantic lake which Zurich sits on. The people on the little bridges down there are going to jump in, float down to the other end, and climb out again. It moves quite quickly.

This is the old aquadukt, still used for trains up above, and with a bike/ped path below.

At the end, where they are expanding, but haven't completed it yet, there's a little staircase. But they threw down some rails so it's easy to take your bike up and down.

This is for the Bean. Awesome use of old shipping containers...

Thomas explains the signs. Here is an area where pedestrians have the right of way, bikes and cars can't go faster than 20km/hr, and it's generally discouraged for cars to drive through unless they really must.

More sights...

The river again...

We stopped for a swim here. The water flows so fast that it is very difficult to swim upstream. Impossible, in fact, unless you are a very strong swimmer. So folks line up, jump in, float down, and climb out at the other end. It's a fast little ride, we did it three times. And it was freeeeezing.

This bike's top tube is a light. On the back, there's a little solar panel to power it.

Thomas took us up this crazy cobbled hill, after a sharp left turn where I almost hit some tourists. But we made it. And it brought us up to the old Roman battlement, left over from a long time ago. It is now a park, from where you can see much of the city. This is the old center of town.

Today we rest.

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