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Switzerland Part 3

We drove, Sox concentrating hard on staying on the right side of the road and me following Google Maps and reminding him “Keep Right!” It made me feel like we were on an episode of The Amazing Race.

We arrived in St. Gallen and following the Maps, looked for the town centre so we could park and walk. We took a few turns and suddenly we were on cobbled streets with no cars and only pedestrians.

Sox: “I don’t think we are supposed to be driving here!”

B: “Google Maps is directing us here. Besides, the people seem to be moving out of our way and no-one looks too irritated.”

We finally found parking, after wading through a sea of people and went straight to Information. The man took out a map and showed us little places we should see.

Info man: “This here is the pedestrian area and market place.”

Sox: “Wait a minute… That’s the area we just drove through!!”

Info man: “Really? Oh no! You’ll probably be in the newspaper tomorrow!”

We got the info we needed and left, laughing! Oh for those to be the headlines in South Africa! Wouldn’t that be nice.

When we walked through the very area we had driven through, we couldn’t stop laughing. We had driven through a market. Oops!streets-in-st-gallen-copymarke-copyswiss-market-2-copyswiss-market-copyflower-wreaths-copy

The only problem with Switzerland (because it can’t be 100% perfect) is that it truly is the most expensive country to visit. The Swiss Franc (CHF) is the same as the dollar, so we were multiplying everything by 15. However, the dollar and Franc aren’t the same. The cost of living is high, so for example, a simple cup of coffee is 6CHF. R90 for a small cup of coffee is ludicrous.

Look at this punnet of strawberries… R80. Ouch.strawberries-for-r80-copyzuchini-copydj-sox-in-st-gallen-copyswiss-flags-copyst-gallen-copy

Main roads have wires running above the streets for the trams…st-gallen-church-copyswiss-tram-2-copyswiss-trams-copy

We headed over to an area where an artist had covered the streets in red carpet, created benches (also covered in red carpet) and when you look up, giant jelly beans dangle above your head. OK, I don’t know if they are jelly beans, they could have been giant kidney beans, but art is up to interpretation, no?art-in-st-gallen-copybailey-in-red-are-of-st-gallen-copybike-areas-in-red-area-copyred-st-gallen-streets-copybailey-schneider-in-st-gallen-copyst-gallen-red-area-copyst-gallen-red-carpet-copy

We left the red carpet and walked through the pretty streets…st-gallen-architecture-2-copybailey-in-st-gallen-copy

We found a street vendor selling Bratwurst…bratwurst-stand-copyswiss-sausage-copybratwurst-copybratwurst-in-streets-copyGot a take away and ate it on our search of the 1000 year old Library.

The Abbey Library (Stiftsbibliothek) is at the impressive Cathedral, Abbey of Saint Gall and is the richest medieval library in the world. sox-at-st-gallen-church-copy

You buy your tickets and immediately have to lock your camera away. NO photos or videos allowed.

You also have to wear shoe covers to protect the 1000 year old floor. This is the only photo I have of our feet in the shoe covers…shoe-covers-at-1000-old-library-copy

It is incredibly impressive, and even has a mummy!

I WISH we could have taken photos.In fact I tried to take a sneaky video with my phone, but we were immediately pounced on. Turns out, Sox actually did manage to get a sneaky video (Vlog coming soon). I must look like the guilty one.

On leaving, we were met by this handsome Bernese Mountain dog. burmese-mountain-dog-copyrenault-smart-car-copyst-gallen-architecture-copyst-gallen-fountain-3-copyst-gallen-fountain-copyst-gallen-square-copyWe went in search of coffee for Sox and sat down at Kuhn’s. I think the rule of thumb should be to order what that particular country specialises in. In Switzerland the most popular coffee is Caffè Crema. It’s a long espresso with special coffee cream.

I ordered that and Sox ordered a cappuccino. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…coffees-copysox-unhappy-with-coffee-copysox-coffee-copyI had a good laugh at my “coffee snob.” Admittedly, the burnt coffee was particularly hard to swallow when it cost 8CHF (R135.)

We still had a long drive ahead of us, so we stopped at one of the largest supermarket chains in Switzerland, Migros and bought some cold meats (Fleischkäse and salami) and Swiss Emmental cheese and soft camembert for the road. I love rolling cold meat and cheese up as little snacks…swiss-meat-and-cheese-copyswiss-meat-and-cheese-snack-copydriving-copy

Off to Zug to stay with my Uncle and Aunt for the night…

We met up with my Aunt Nadja, her little dog Ike, and off we went to explore beautiful Zug. The first thing that gets me every time I visit Switzerland is the cleanliness and the colours. Everything is brighter here.

Lake Zug is actually massive and home to beautiful swans and ducks.sox-and-nadja-zug-copy

Trees, flower pots and benches line some of the lake…flowers-in-zug-copylake-bw-copyzug-promenade-copyzug-grafitti-copyzug-5-copylake-zug-bw-copypaddle-boats-in-zug-copy

We walked all along the Lake, admiring the buildings… This is the government building…government-in-zug-copyzug-2-copyzug-3-copyzug-4-copy

It was 33 degrees and everyone was lying on the grass embankments or swimming in the lake.zug-copyzug-lake-ch-copy

We stopped for a refreshing Aperol spritz before moving on…aperol-copy

Sox thought it was hilarious that my maiden/professional name was on a trash bin. schneider-rubbish-copy

If the Swiss love their flowers a lot, they love their flags even more. You’ll find flags in the streets everywhere!zug-streets-2-copyzug-streets-copyzug-streets-3-copy

We walked to a Migros and Sox and I bought all the groceries for dinner that we would be having at my Uncle and Aunts home, on their balcony.

Their balcony has the most spectacular view of the lake.
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My uncle popped some Bratwurst and chicken pieces on the Braai…paul-on-balcony-copysox-on-balcony-copy

Ike decided that Sox’s lap was an excellent resting place…

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As soon as the sun set, it became chilly and he cuddled up even more…sox-and-ike-copy

We drank wine, ate the delicious mezze of cheese, meats and salads and watched the sun sink into the lake.wine-copydinner-on-balcony-copysunset-over-zug-lake-copy

Tomorrow we head up into the snow capped Alps for a night away!

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12 Comments

  • Reply Nadine

    Loved this post!!! Definitely on my bucket list to visit this beautiful place 🙂

    September 20, 2016 at 7:13 am
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    Breathtaking…is all that comes to mind! Loving your travel post’s 🙂 xx

    September 20, 2016 at 7:26 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thanks love xxx

      September 20, 2016 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Cyndee Cochrane

    WOWWWWWW! Each morning when I open up my gmail I get a wide smile on my face to see your posts and can’t WAIT to sit and absorb every written line and looking at every detail in the photographs! Keep them coming!

    September 20, 2016 at 8:29 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      That makes me so happy! Really thrilled you’re enjoying it x

      September 20, 2016 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Jodie

    Are there any homeless people around or graffitti or any dirt really?! It all looks so clean and untouched!!

    September 20, 2016 at 9:23 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      It’s so fascinating – it’s pristine and you don’t see homeless people at all! I can’t imagine there are many due to the economy, their job production and high salaries!

      September 20, 2016 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Natasha Viljoen

    Wow, it really looks like a picture postcard! Don’t know what I’m going to do when “our” holiday is over LOL

    September 20, 2016 at 12:12 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Hahaha! I feel so bad posting all the time. I still have Greece to get through and I worry it’s overkill 😉

      September 20, 2016 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Tanya

    Love your photos of Switzerland! It really is a beautiful country. Thank you for sharing your travels and awesome photos with us 🙂

    September 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Vanilla Blonde - Switzerland Part 4 - Vanilla Blonde

    […] PS. If you have missed out on the other Swiss posts, I’d suggest you go back. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 […]

    September 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply Raimonda

    Wow, I visited Zug on my very first trip abroad when I was almost 18! I fell in love with Switzerland then… Love your photo diaries :))

    September 21, 2016 at 7:03 pm
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