Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Zurich: Stunning Giacometti Hall at the Police Station and Flirting the Police Officer

For the art and architecture enthusiasts out there visiting Zurich, you cannot leave the city without passing by at the stunning Giacometti Hall of the Zurich Police Station!


Giacometti Hall at the Zurich Police Station. Picture courtesy of Zurich.com. No other police station in the world has a hallway as artistic and stunning like this.


Zurich Police Station on Bahnhofquai.

You read it right. The beautiful work of art by Swiss artist, Augusto Giacometti can be found at the city police station (stadtpolizei) of Zurich on Bahnhofquai. It is FREE and is open daily between 9:00-11:00 and 14:00-16:00. You will need to leave a valid ID such as a passport at the front desk of the police station before being allowed to enter and view the hall inside. One valid ID for a group is good enough. You only have 10 minutes viewing time. The taking of pictures and/or videos is strictly prohibited. The police station however sells promotional items about this hall and the artist, even books.

For more information visit: Giacometti Halle

Anyway, the story here is that the ladies found the young police officer attending to us really cute. We took turns pronouncing his name which made him blush a bit. You see, the police officers here on duty have their ID with their name on it pinned on their breast. He was somewhat caught off guard with all the sugary attention he is getting from three middle aged Asian women, haha. Right, watchout the cougars are on flirting attack.

“Are you single?”

Bubbles was like, “Can’t he just take us in?”

“Oh please keep our passports. We are willing to surrender!”

“We will surrender.... like now.” LOL

Whispering, “Can we take a picture of you?”

To protect the innocent, we shall not name the hunky police officer =)

Our 10 minutes were quickly up unfortunately. So we went outside the police station and did our selfie thing right in front of the main door. Ah, here outside we can take as many selfie pictures we can. I am sure the police officers must have seen us behind the security camera and are shaking their heads =)


Really stunning hall with vaulted arches painted with bright red orange flowers. This has got to be the most beautiful police station hallway in the whole wide world.


Thanks to the selfie stick! 


Another pose outside the Zurich police station courtesy of Bubble's smartphone and selfie stick.


The view to the Limmat Lake.


The stadtpolizei (police station) is just across the foot bridge on Bahnhofquai.

Travel Period: September 2016
Destination: Altstadt, (Zurich), Switzerland

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Zurich: Dinner at Lake Side Restaurant and their Coded Impressive Toilet

When I think of Zurich, I think about lakes in general, which I similarly think about Geneva as well. Both cities are situated on the mouth of very important bodies of water, Lake Limmat and Lake Leman.

Now the ladies and I planned for a dining on or beside the water for our dinner, which was originally an idea of mine. Luckily the ladies were game enough to go along. We, or rather I, was eyeing this particular restaurant on the lake which I have read great reviews about. However, when we called, we were given the bad news that they were fully booked for the evening. Bummer. I was already so psyched up about the cool ambiance of this waterfront restaurant!

So we reverted to Plan B – the Lake Side restaurant which has good reviews and great pictures on their website.


This restaurant is located outside the city centre, in Seefeld neighbourhood in the district of Reisbach and you would need to take a tram to get here. I guess one of the positive sides with this decision is that we were pushed to get out of the touristy and city centre area, hop on board a tram and navigate our way through the residential streets of Seefeld to get to this restaurant on the lake.

When we arrived at the restaurant, we were met by a large box of a building with a characterless façade. It was not well lighted outside so we were not sure if the building was indeed the restaurant. As we entered, the space slowly opened into what we saw an empty restaurant with unoccupied large round tables and on the side was a long corner bar counter. The place looked like one of those function rooms for a wedding party or corporate event. The lights were too bright as well which reminds me of the Asian style of lighting using glaring fluorescent lamps.

As if some sort of discernible queue coming down upon us, the three of us uttered, well almost simultaneously – Oh, this looks like a Chinese restaurant. LOL

I was starting to worry just a little bit, when we saw guests dining outside on the terrace beside the lake. One of the wait staff was quick enough to usher us to our reserved table outside. We all heaved a huge sigh of relief, well not being too obvious about our initial expectation discomfort though. What we are now hoping is that we won’t be served with a Chinese menu! That would have been like a – I told you so moment, haha.

Now, allow me please to explain. There is nothing wrong with Chinese food and their restaurants. I love Chinese cuisine myself, but we are Asians and we are all quite familiar with how Chinese restaurants are designed. Since we were in Switzerland, we were more expecting some Swiss flair with a touch of outdoorsy ambiance on the lake which we did not see at first. The outdoor terrace though looked very nice and classy.

Because we had a long lunch earlier at Zurich’s only mountain Uetliberg, which I will blog about soon, we were not that hungry. We all decided to order the same thing – Asian style salad with salmon. Luckily, the menu they had was quite international, with strangely a focus on Japanese cuisine such as sushi and sashimi. But yeah, we still picked something Asian because the other option was the usual Cesar Salad which is a humdrum choice in my opinion really.

The salads came, and in terms of presentation they weren’t really attractive at all, but when we tasted it, our opinions changed. It was a lovely, fresh, light and very tasty salad! So we were quite happy with the choice.

And because it was dark already we did not really see much of the lake. We just knew that we were dining beside the lake and that its open air here at the terrace. I guess I am too spoiled to even notice this as during my yearly summer holidays I am endlessly pampered with waterfront dinners in the Greek Islands, something that I always look forward to each year by the way.

There is a long jetty for boats in front of the restaurant as well, so one can actually come here with the public ferry. We saw the last ferry of the day stopping by to offload passengers and load new ones. For the ferry schedules, one should check this locally onsite at the city centre near Burkliplatz.

Now the highlight of this dinner is the end part when Bubbles went to the toilet and came back raving about how impressed she was about the loo, haha. And oh, a lady as well who was seated at the back together with a large group who could not stop laughing she was almost crying. Her laugh was so addictive, it infected the rest of the people nearby including us. It was quite funny.

Anyway, about the loo. In order to get inside the toilet you will have to enter a code. The design inside was not something you would expect in such a restaurant. It was indeed a surprise which quite reminds me of the café restaurant I visited in Zemun, Serbia last March – Zemun Waterfront Boulevard and Brener Café Toilet with Movies

Pictures of the interesting and impressive toilet are below. Scroll down.

We were thinking of going clubbing after dinner but it was getting late. My hotel sits in the mountain in Uetliberg and I would hate to miss the last train which goes just before midnight. In addition, most clubs in Switzerland are somewhat exclusive requiring proper dress code and the ladies were wearing shorts and sneakers.

Not really a big miss for us as we were more looking forward to diving into our waiting beds in the hotel room and be comforted with our soft huggable pillows. I know #aging_issues Haha.


Here in the tram going to Lake Side Restaurant in Seefeld.


The dock in Seefeld right across Lake Side Restaurant.


The last ferry of the day!


Dining outside on the terrace. It was a bit dark and they should have more lamps outside.


Asian Salad with salmon and rice. I think this dish is partly inspired by the Indonesian salad dish called Gado-Gado.


The impressive toilet of Lake Side restaurant!


Hmm, is this NSFW? For those outside Europe of course. #notsafeforwork


Really catchy huh for a toilet! =)


Travel Period: September 2016
Destination: Seefeld – Reisbach (Zurich), Switzerland

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Zurich: Pictures of the city’s main shopping street - Bahnhofstrasse

I guess every city has its own main shopping thoroughfare.

In Zurich it is Bahnhofstrasse which is very easy to find. It is the street that connects Bahnhofplatz where Zurich Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is located and Burkliplatz. The big monument on Bahnhofplatz, the statue of Switzerland’s modern founder, Alfred Escher is facing directly Bahnhofstrasse.


I have a somewhat love and hate relationship with shopping, and with this I mean dry goods shopping. In general, I dislike the hunting, choosing, queuing up for the dressing room, then trying on, only to repeat this again by going through racks of clothes, assortiments, what nots and more stores in the shopping agenda pipeline. I have no patience, unless of course I am browsing a food market. I would however do this shopping activity only when I am on a mission, such as finding a new pair of pants because the rest of my pants died on me or I cannot fit into them anymore. Now this is what I call a real need for shopping. Then I would for sure reserve an afternoon to hit the shops with the end goal in mind. But this happens rarely, like once a year perhaps. Can anyone out there relate?

So when I travel I stay away from shopping unless I really needed to buy a particular item, or happen to come across a piece that I cannot say no. I am glad though that I do not have the materialistic lust for things because it makes travelling easier. Well actually, it makes my life easier!

There is so much freedom when you can appreciate the beauty of material things but not having the ultimate craving to want it and buy it for yourself.

Anyway, for my blog’s sake, I am posting some pictures of Zurich’s main shopping street. The Bahnhofstrasse is a long pedestrian - bus - tram only street in the area locals called City. The City is a neighbourhood of Zurich located across the Old Town from the Limmat River. It is a nice place to stroll on, I have to admit. It is busy and there are lots of things to see on the window displays. There are cafes here as well along the side streets which can be great to sit down to regroup a bit, have a drink and people watch =)

So we did not shop here. The girls did their shopping a day earlier and were more interested in seeing new places, so that went down well on my agenda. M said that she spotted a tram with cows painted on it, so we walked slowly hoping to catch the same tram or a similar one passing by and take a picture of it. Unfortunately no cow tram passed by again. The trams here, which have the same blue and white colour as the trams in Amsterdam are a mixture of old and new, and some have a different colour or design on them.

We were actually on the hunt for a bar cafe with views and we ended up visiting Jules Verne Panorama Bar (stunning city views!) and ooo Bar (aka Modissa Rooftop Bar). Jules Verne is located on Urianastrasse which is a few metres away from Bahnhofstrasse whilst ooo Bar is on Bahnhofstrasse itself, on the roof deck of Modissa fashion store.

See below the actual location of Bahnhofstrasse:



Bahnhofstrasse connects the two main squares of the city, Bahnhofplatz and Burkliplatz located in the City area.


Bahnhofplatz facing the busy Bahnhofstrasse.


The girls and moi doing the selfie (stick) thing.


More picture taking on Bahnhofstrasse. Our souvenir pictures taken from Bubbles’ phone.


This particular outdoor cafe is great for people watching.


A very catchy moving digital window display.


All the big brands are here, from the cheap fast fashion to the expensive haute couture.


Outdoor cafes on Bahnhofstrasse.


This is Zughusplatz and the surrounding streets here are home to upscale luxury brands.


Bahnhofstrasse corner Paradeplatz.

Travel Period: September 2016
Destination: Zurich, Switzerland

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Zurich: The “ooo Bar” aka Modissa Rooftop Bar where the beautiful people go

The girls and I actually discovered this place by accident. We were at Jules Verne Panorama Bar when we saw the chic rooftop bar, and because it was full at Jules Verne, which by the way bids stunning views of Zurich City, we had a valid excuse to leave.


The entrance of ooo Bar is via the Modissa shop on Bahnhofstrasse, a luxury fashion store carrying many designer labels in its collection. As we went inside the shop, I remember that it wasn’t very clear where we should navigate, so we asked the sales ladies for assistance and they directed us to the lift.

The bar is located on the roof deck of the building, and luckily it was a great September day with lovely sunny weather. It was one of those exceptional “outdoor terrace weather days”. But little did we know that this is one of those most coveted bars in the city. Because all the tables in the outdoor terrace were either taken or reserved!

Really, really bummer. There were not a lot of options available so we took our seats at the big table inside. We realised that it wasn’t really that bad because the whole rooftop bar has open doors anyway.

As we looked around the bar, we noticed that almost all the guests were fashionable or good looking. Yup, a chic bar attracts the beautiful and artistic people of course. I have the feeling that ooo Bar is one of those popular and trendy bars to hang out if you want to be seen in public. Well, let us just hope that the girls and I will not be discovered as we already have problems managing our very own busy schedules! *Haha*

Not really in the mood for any alcoholic drink, we ordered coffee instead. We were somewhat dazzled at the swanky design of the menu card and even the sugar packs. Cool branding and merchandising. The rooftop bar is clearly an extension of its fashion luxury shop on the ground floor, Modissa.

We highly recommend this place. The ooo Bar has a chic ambiance, a great place to hang out and socialise with friends.

Tip: Book in advance for a table. The outdoor terrace might not be open during the colder months!


This is water spray to help ease up the heat. It was a hot September weekend in Zurich!


Nice place to hang out with many good looking people.

 

Cool menu cards =)


Our coffee and another set of cool sugar packets.


The tower on the picture is where the Jules Verne Panorama Bar is located.


The building is not that high so the views are quite limited, but still great.


Travel Period: September 2016
Destination: Zurich, Switzerland

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