|woman from South Korea and man from Senegal|
|faces of prominent Zurich businessmen hung above Bahnhofstrasse|
There wasn't anyone around when I found the butterfly wings, but the picture of the artist clipped from the newspaper shows how big they are.
|in the style of the Swiss paper cutting art|
|centipede went around the corner of the building|
|oldest vegetarian restaurant in Europe - covered in green turf|
One of the department stores had large kaleidoscopes installed on their restaurant balcony. This sign at the entrance to the restaurant announced their placement and encouraged patrons to look through them. I tried taking pictures of the inside of the kaleidoscopes and was pleasantly surprised by the result.
|Tom takes a look|
And finally, the exhaust towers of an underground parking garage were given a knitted covering. People from Switzerland, Germany, France and Finland did the knitting.
The second summer event was August 1, Swiss National Day. This year, Lynn and Howard were with us and we tried to make sure they experienced a typical Swiss National Day. (perhaps mostly typical for expats, but we did start with a brunch - just like the locals)
We had reservations at the same farm as in 2014 for the traditional brunch. Unfortunately, it was a rainy morning, but we ventured out anyway. It wasn't the best conditions for the brunch, but they were well prepared with plenty of dry seating areas and tarps over all the food.
|Howard and Tom|
Tables were covered with the traditional blue edelweiss fabric.
|buffet under cover|
|egg, bacon and potato station|
Here's my plate...before I went back for something sweet. I liked the Swiss cross baked into the rolls.
|we weren't alone|
We went on a self-guided tour of the farm.
|cows and calves|
I must admit to never having seen finger painting done with an animal as the canvas. The horse is tolerant, but the expression says "why me?"
The geese did not like us - they were very loud and seemed to be trying to chase us away!
We're nearly Swiss - we have our own edelweiss shirts! Sure did feel like we were wearing costumes.
Luckily, the weather improved during the day. We took Lynn and Howard for a boat ride on Lake Zurich from Horgen to Rapperswil.
Rapperswil is known for its rose gardens, but geraniums are very popular all over Switzerland.
|Lynn enjoying the roses|
|getting ready for dinner|
We finished the day with a walk back to the lake to view the local fireworks. Afterwards, we were able to see more from across the lake from our balcony.
Rivella is a very popular Swiss carbonated soft drink. Its special ingredient is milk whey. It comes in more than three flavors, but I selected only three for the taste test. Although we did not do the tasting on August 1st, it seems appropriate to include it here. Lynn and Howard shared in the tasting experience. I believe we were in agreement that none are great. We all liked the green best which is supposed to be partially made from green tea. It doesn't taste a bit like tea - tastes more like ginger ale. Now I can say I've tasted Rivella and can close this chapter of my Swiss experience.