Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rudolf Brun

Zürich, Switzerland

"Rudolf Brun, (born c. 1300—died Sept. 17, 1360, Zürich), Swiss politician who became the first burgomaster, and virtual dictator, of Zürich, and whose struggles to maintain personal power ultimately brought the city into the Swiss Confederation (1351)" (

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


St. Peterskirche
Zürich, Switzerland

"A choir, also sometimes called quire, is the area of a church or cathedral that provides seating for the clergy and church choir. It is in the western part of the chancel, between the nave and the sanctuary, which houses the altar and Church tabernacle. In larger medieval churches it contained choir-stalls, seating aligned with the side of the church, so at right-angles to the seating for the congregation in the nave (of which there would have been little if any in the Middle Ages)" (Wikipedia).

Monday, June 13, 2016

St. Peterskirche

According to the folks over at Lonely Planet: "From any position in the city, it’s hard to overlook the 13th-century tower of [St. Peterskirche]. Its prominent clock face, 8.7m [28.5 feet] in diameter, is the largest in Europe. Inside, the choir stalls [tomorrow's post] date from the 13th century, but the rest of the church is largely an 18th-century reconstruction.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Zürich, Switzerland

To the right, a replica of a gravestone belonging to one Lucius Aelius Urbicus. (The original gravestone can be found at the Landesmuseum and it dates back to 185/200 AD).

Friday, June 3, 2016

Fountain of Philosophy

Zürich, Switzerland

"Die Realität lügt, denn die Realität est nicht realistisch. Es gibt nur eine Realität, die Ewigkeit." ~ Ionesco

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Zürich, Switzerland


Zürich, Switzerland

"Balcony, external extension of an upper floor of a building, enclosed up to a height of about three feet (one metre) by a solid or pierced screen, by balusters (see also balustrade), or by railings. In the medieval and Renaissance periods, balconies were supported by corbels made out of successive courses of stonework, or by large wooden or stone brackets. Since the 19th century, supports of cast iron, reinforced concrete, and other materials have become common.

The balcony serves to enlarge the living space and range of activities possible in a dwelling without a garden or lawn. In many apartment houses the balcony is partly recessed to provide for both sunshine and shelter or shade. (In Classical architecture a balcony that is fully recessed or covered by its own roof is described as a loggia; [q.v.].) In hot countries a balcony allows a greater movement of air inside the building, as the doors opening onto it are usually louvered." ~ Encyclopedia Britannica

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016


A view of Zürich's riverfront with the twin towers of the Grossmünster in the background.

Sunday, May 15, 2016


A very particular purpose brought me to Rapperswil on the east side of Lake Zürich only hinted at in this sparse sentence in Wikipedia: "Rapperswil was involved in wars between the Catholic and Reformed cantons of the Old Swiss Confederation." I had to chuckle when I read that. The barest of sentences brought me over the ocean and thousands of miles from my home, just so I could see this old, mostly forgotten, battleground of the Reformation. :-)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Zurich Airport

Can meals aboard commercial flights ever be considered memorable? I wouldn't have thought so, except my "supper" (served at 9 a.m. EST!) served aboard Flight #134 was an Indian dish called Chana Saag, and included--besides the chickpeas--cumin and basmati rice. The flight attendant warned me that it was "spicy," but I didn't find it especially so, which is in itself remarkable as I am notoriously sensitive to such things. 

In any case, my flight landed on time at 8:50 a.m. Switzerland time and after claiming my baggage I was soon headed by bus to the little medieval town of Rapperswill on the shores of Lake Zurich,

Friday, May 13, 2016

Flight 4155

Flight 4155
Washington National Airport

First leg of my trip to Switzerland (well, not counting the taxi ride to the airport!) was a short hop from National to Newark aboard this Embraer 145. As it happened, I arrived at the airport just as a massive police motorcade also rode in to help kick off National Police Week. I think they were there to escort special guests to the ceremonies being held next door in Washington, D.C. Who knew?! Whether it had anything to do with it or not, I don't know, but my flight was about an hour late departing.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

National Airport

"Washington National Airport is an airport in Arlington, Virginia, that is one of two major airports serving Washington, D.C., the other being Washington Dulles International Airport. It is the nearest commercial airport to the capital and serves the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. . . . 

National is a fortress hub for American Airlines which operates near-hourly air shuttle flights to Logan International Airport in Boston and New York LaGuardia Airport. Delta also operates near-hourly air shuttle flights to New York LaGuardia Airport which are all operated by Delta Shuttle." ~ Wikipedia