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The Adventures Of The Griswalds

A picture-perfect day in Zurich

October 26, 2014

We decided today to get some fresh air and explore the beautiful forest area near the hotel.

We started the day again with a lovely breakfast and then arranged to hire some bikes. We were a bit miffed to find that all of the mountain bikes had already been hired so we had to take the electrically assisted push bikes instead. What a blessing that turned out be! We quickly decided tha the electric bikes were a god-send and that we wouldn't have lasted 15 minutes on the hills of Zurich on normal push bikes!

We started with a ride through the forest roads, which was very nice. From there we planned to head to the Zurich zoo, where the new star attraction is the baby elephant. But we talk a wrong turn and ended up in a beautiful area with great bike trails, so we explored that for a while.

We finally got to the zoo mid-afternoon. We spent quite a few hours walking around the zoo before getting back on the bikes and heading back to the hotel, just as the sun was setting.

Again we opted for room service for dinner and then fell into bed after a very tiring day.

A beautiful old car at the hotel in Zurich.
A beautiful old car at the hotel in Zurich.
Our hotel in Zurich, The Dolder Grand.
Our hotel in Zurich, The Dolder Grand.
Farm animals in Zurich!
Farm animals in Zurich!
Andrea, bike riding in Zurich.
Andrea, bike riding in Zurich.
Andrea, bike riding in Zurich.
Andrea, bike riding in Zurich.
Andrea, bike riding in Zurich.
Andrea, bike riding in Zurich.
Elephants (including the new baby) in the Zurich zoo.
Elephants (including the new baby) in the Zurich zoo.
Lions in the Zurich zoo.
Lions in the Zurich zoo.
Keith, enjoying freshly roasted chestnuts in Zurich.
Keith, enjoying freshly roasted chestnuts in Zurich.
Keith, stopping for a photo on the bike ride back to the hotel.
Keith, stopping for a photo on the bike ride back to the hotel.
Sunset in Zurich.
Sunset in Zurich.
The Dolder Grand Hotel.
The Dolder Grand Hotel.
Andrea, about to enjoy another night of room service spaghetti!
Andrea, about to enjoy another night of room service spaghetti!