Monday, I left off with Bill and I leaving Zeughauskeller. Before I tell you why people were pushing to get into the restaurant while we were trying to get out, let me show you that swan video I mentioned. I finally figured out how to load videos from my phone to youtube and it was easy. I didn’t even curse once!
Bill and I made it onto the street and as soon as we did we realized why all those smart people were trying to get inside. It was raining. Hard.
We had no umbrella and only my little denim jacket for cover. Quickly we tucked into a doorway, a shallow doorway, and watched as the intensity of the rain increased.
Soon, it was raining sideways, in our direction of course, and the temperature dropped a bit. Before we knew it, it was hailing. The size of the hailstones started out small, like little peas, but soon increased to a large blueberry (I must be hungry today).
We were pummeled with the hail as we stood in our small shelter. It was quite a show! We weren’t the only ones enjoying it. This older gentleman and his wife were waiting out the storm, too.
As soon as the storm began, it ended. No long, tapered rain shower to finish things off. It just stopped as if someone flipped a switch.
We stepped out of the doorway and sized each other up. How wet did we get? Well, my ballerinas were drenched, as were my feet. And the bottom third of my maxi skirt was soaked; really soaked. And Bill’s shoes were wet, but his feet stayed dry. His jeans were as full of water as my skirt. But we didn’t care. It was exciting!
When I walked, my skirt slapped soggy fabric around my ankles and shins. Not the most comfortable way to walk around. So I picked up the end of my skirt when in motion.
As we reached the Limmat River once again, we were treated to the most beautiful sight of the day. A rainbow!
|That is the couple hiding in the other doorway. They were so darling.|
After we took a thousand photos of the rainbow, we continued our exploration of Zurich.
We happened upon a lovely kinderspielplatz. What is a kinderspielsplatz? It’s a playground.
It was a playground with a view…
After we left the park, we went back down the stairs to the river for more photos…yes, more!
Eventually, we had a sit at a wet outdoor table just outside a restaurant to take a load off. I snapped this handsome photo of Bill looking contemplative.
He’s probably thinking about how spectacular our trip had been. Or maybe he was wishing he had another one of those huge beers from Zeughauskeller.
We packed a lot of activity into less than 18 hours in Zurich. I am sure there is much, much more to see of this colorful and beautiful city. Someday, we’ll return to explore even more. But next time, we are bringing umbrellas.