The Colors of Zurich
Today I wasn’t thinking about where I have just been – Baden-Baden in Germany’s Black Forest and then New York City. Nor where I’m heading next: Venice, Italy and Croatia’s Istria region. Today was all about home, and enjoying Zürich. Especially since the sun was shining with a blue sky behind it; the flowers are growing taller, more vivid and abundant; and the profile of the Alps far in the distance would have stopped you in your tracks, it was so white and clear. All that, plus the city has gone flag crazy! All year long, Zürich’s old town has the red and white flag of Switzerland, as well as the blue and white one of the canton Zürich proudly on display. In my opinion, it adds a unique charm to the area. Coming back today after a week away, an explosion of even more flags could not be missed.
This coming Monday is Zürich’s annual festival called Sechseläuten, more commonly referred to as the Burning of the Böögg (snowman). Unfortunately, I will be missing this much talked about event that marks the end of the long, cold, gray months – a traditional parade that ends with a huge snowman set aflame. The quicker he explodes – and thus symbolically ending winter – the more pleasant and warm the summer will be. With upwards of 500 horses, 30 orchestras and countless costumes and instruments, it must be a sight to see. And I will… and you’ll read about it here. In 2010. For now, simply enjoy taking a stroll through Zürich’s old town with the colors of its flags above (representing the guilds that will be marching in the parade), and its spring flowers below.
Something else was new in town. And it wasn’t hard to miss either. How about a huge, colorful ferris wheel just off the lake. Lit up after sundown, it adds a burst of fun to the Zürich night scene too.
From the pinks, oranges and yellows of the flowers, and red of the ferris wheel … we musn’t forget about the pure white of the snow-capped Alps, always breathtaking, no matter how many times you have seen it before.