A red star-nosed piggy bank sitting on a step before a shuttered door on Badenerstrasse, Zurich, August 2014.

Swiss Banking

A red star-nosed piggy bank sitting on a step before a shuttered door on Badenerstrasse, Zurich.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the , the 241st (!!) straight, was snapped on 18 April 2014. To see the full uncropped version, please click on the image.

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Barbershop Quartet, Zurich

Mannequin Monday 12

I’m delighted that my last day in Zurich coincides with Mannequin Monday so I can offer you this barbershop quartet straight from the source. The women look so dreamy, don’t they?

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By the way, this image, snapped on 16 August 2014 in Zurich, also serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 218th (!!) straight. When you’ve got a few minutes to spare, you can catch up with those here.

Open and closed. Badenerstrasse, Zurich.

Open and Closed (Pic du Jour)

Still quite busy here in Zurich, so like yesterday I didn’t venture too far beyond the Badenerstrasse where I spotted this in a print shop window. I wish I had taken the original.

For the record: the 216th (!!) straight Pic du Jour was taken on 16 Aug 2014 in Zurich. Click the image to see the full uncropped version.

Empty seats on day three of the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich

Nice Skies and Empty Seats, Zurich

I’m covering the European Championships in Athletics in Zurich this week where we’ve been hit with torrential rains, a wind storm and unusually chilly conditions over the past three days. And a stadium with plenty of empty seats.

I’ve covered just about every world and European track and field championship since 2001 and don’t recall a turnout this low in a stadium the size of Letzigrund. One of the primary reasons? The exorbitant ticket prices. The cheapest day ticket —one ticket for both day and evening sessions— is 95 Swiss Francs, or 105 USD/ 78 EUR.

By most reasonable comparisons, everything in Switzerland, particularly in Zurich, is expensive. But I’m still baffled as to what organizers were thinking when they set these prices for a six-day competition.

At least the skies were nice tonight.

And for the record, today’s Pic du Jour is the 214th (!!) straight.




Atrium of Zurich City Hall, or Stadthaus

Zurich City Hall – a Four Photo Tour

More precisely, four shots of the atrium at Zurich’s Stadthaus, or City Hall.

I attended a press conference there yesterday ahead of the European Athletics Championships and fell immediately for the structure’s neo-Gothic exterior and interiors. The atrium, viewed from each of the four floors, was particularly striking.

Built in two stages over the course of the final two decades of the 19th century, it opened officially in 1900 when the city was making its transition from provincial hub to European center.

The building underwent an extensive renovation from 2007-2010, at a cost of 59.5 million Swiss Francs (49 million EUR / 63.3 million USD).

It sits on the left bank of the Limmat River at Stadthausquai 17, next to the Fraumünster church. Open to visitors Monday through Friday.

And for the record, this quartet serve collectively as today’s Pic du Jour, the 212th (!!) straight.

Atrium of the Stadthaus, or City Hall, in Zurich, Switzerland

Atrium of the Stadthaus, or City Hall, in Zurich, Switzerland

Atrium ceiling, Zurich Stadthaus, or city hall

Atrium ceiling, Zurich Stadthaus, or city hall

City Hall atrium, Zurich, Switzerland

City Hall atrium, Zurich, Switzerland

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Baguettes Infested With Mice in a window display at a maternity apparel shop, Zurich, 2007

Baguettes Infested With Mice, Zurich

I have to ask: What does pregnancy have in common with baguettes infested with mice?

This was part of a window display for a maternity apparel shop that I spotted in Zurich back in 2007. Does anyone know of a connection? A legend? An old wives’ tale? Or just a way to recycle two-day old bread?

I’m heading to Zurich tomorrow on the Euro Night 414, which provoked a brief search through old images from the Swiss financial capital. I’ll be there for the next week covering the European Championships in Athletics. I haven’t visited since 2012 so am really looking forward to a return engagement. Maybe even a side trip or two. And an investigation into the stale bread-newborn connection.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 209th (!!) straight, was snapped on 08 Sept. 2007. As always, please click on the image to see the full uncropped version.

Non Violence (1997) by Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Lausanne

Non Violence – Pic du Jour

This is Non Violence (1997) by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd at the Olympic Park in Lausanne, Switzerland. It’s the first sculpture that popped into mind for monument, the theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

This one was taken during a visit to Lausanne in July 2010; I also have a color version from a 2008 trip and a shot of another cast of the same sculpture in Gothenburg, Sweden taken in 2006. Those are two of several casts; one is in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.




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