27 September 2010

Paris -- Au Revoir

Before we headed back to Zürich we went to a market--not a traditional farmers' market, but a bird market!

Paris -- Tour of the Seine

On our last night we took a twilight boat tour along the Seine. It was magical to see the city lit up at night.

Paris -- L'Orangerie

We went to a museum called the Orangerie. It has eight gigantic Monet paintings made specially for the building. It is called the Orangerie because it used to be a greenhouse for growing oranges.

Paris -- Musée d'Orsay

We saw Impressionist paintings at the Musée d'Orsay. Annie's favorite was "Branche de pivoines blanches et sécateur" by Edouard Manet.

Zoë liked Van Gogh's 1889 "Portrait de l'artiste" best.

Paris -- Le Métro

We are public transportation junkies, so sometimes we took the metro.

Paris -- sightseeing

We did a lot of walking around the city.

We explored the Jardin des Tuileries

and saw the outside of the Louvre.

And Zoë and Annie had a great time at the playground in the Luxembourg Garden.

Paris -- Eiffel Tower, looking out over Paris

(Note in the picture above you can see the Arc de Triomphe in the center.)

Paris -- Eiffel Tower

On our first day of our Paris visit we climbed the Eiffel Tower. We walked to the second level (720 stairs) and took the elevator up to the top.

Paris -- playground next to Notre Dame

Paris -- Notre Dame

Reise: Paris

Recently we went to Paris. To get there we rode the high-speed TGV train.

22 September 2010

Knabenschiessen - food

There was lots of great street food at the carnival.

We especially liked the chnoblibrot (garlic bread).

The bakeries around town were selling special Knabenschiessen Kuchen.

Knabenschiessen - more rides

We also went on swings that went 60 meters up over Zurich:

And a very fun roller coaster that had individual round cars. Halfway through the ride a mechanism unlocked and the cars were free to spin. It was exciting!

Knabenschiessen - goodbye New York

We went on the giant ferris wheel first:

Each car in the ferris wheel had the name of a famous city. We were so excited that we were going to get to ride in New York. But just as it was our turn, a TV crew was let on.

We ended up in the car behind, but the ride was still fantastic!


From the 11th through the 13th of September was Knabenschiessen, a festival that includes a shooting contest and a giant carnival--the largest carnival we've ever seen!


More Luzern

Here's a mural that we love:

We walked along Lake Luzern

had lunch at a nice little cafe/backerei

and visited the famous lion sculpture.