Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

[Sunday in Switzerland] Turkey Day and other fine traditions

This was my first Thanksgiving in Zürich.  Thanksgiving is hard to miss online.  Some local stores had "Black Friday" deals, even though Thursday wasn't a holiday.  It was surreal.

On Thursday after work, we went out to a new place for dinner, a hot dog shop.  Then we wandered down to Bahnhofstrasse to see the lights.  About one month before Christmas, Zürich lights up the Christmas lights over the road and the Christmas markets start.  It was very busy and we didn't stay long.  The lights made me happy, even though they're for Christmas and not Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so it kind of surprised me that I didn't miss it.  I expected to be pining for the family together time and American football on TV.  But I didn't.  I think because I get a mini-Thanksgiving every Sunday.

The best part of Thanksgiving to me is a whole day dedicated to food, family, being grateful for what you have, and relaxing.  It's like the ultimate meditation or revelry in contentedness.  Since moving to Switzerland, I have that almost every Sunday.  While the time is not as dedicated to thankfulness, the frequency has a lot to recommend it.

So, I managed to avoid the frenzy that follows Thanksgiving and still have the best parts every week.  That's a fine tradition.

Friday, November 25, 2016

[Fountain Friday] Elaborate with a fish

This elaborate fountain is near to work.  I also found the same backdrop that no longer had a fountain attached in a park near my apartment.




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

[Graven Images] Owl and snakes

Possibly a caduceus, an owl and snakes in Luzern.

Friday, November 18, 2016

[Fountain Friday] A third brass fountain

I found a third fountain of this style.  Two are near my apartment.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

[Fountain Friday] Two identical stone basins

There is a third like these near my apartment.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

[Graven Images] Gods? lounging and a lion

This was taken in Luzern, Switzerland.