Zurich first. It was gorgeous, and full of cute young Swiss bankers, but too busy for our goals. It had a spirit of “work, work, get it done, money, money”–not unlike NYC and I kept having the urge to check my bberry for work emails while we were there. But as soon as we got on the train to Zug–a really beautiful small town–I never wanted to look at my phone again.
Next to Lucerne. We stayed at the Jean Nouvel designed hotel: The Hotel Lucerne. Totally 90’s kind of amazing design–lots of chrome details, prints of Luis Buñuel’s Objects of Desire on the room ceiling, wood floor, minimal furniture, black walls…just sexy.
Next day–we bought tickets for the Lucerne Philharmonic in the morning (also designed by Jean Nouvel) and went on a trip up Pilatus mountain. The mountain was spectacular and with timing on our side–we just made it back to the hotel to change and run to the Symphony. We ended up sitting directly behind the orchestra–facing the majority of the audience and the conductor. The piece was Bruckner’s 8th symphony (Go Germania) which was a bit intense for me, but the (very serious and super fancy) Swiss were barely containing themselves from jumping up in ecstasy at the ending.
Next stop–Schwyz to have lunch with a friend and his family in their home on the side of the mountain. We had a beautiful risotto with fresh mushrooms picked in the forest up the mountain. When anyone mentions “quality of life” now, I think of this visit.
The rest of the story to follow in a post on Vals…
Photos by: Liubasha Rose