As summer draws to a close and the grey skies of autumn start to settle in, I'd like to step back and take a moment to relish in the glory that was Züri Summer 2013. It may have been late in the game and all too short, but this summer my friends was simply spectacular. In between traveling Europe we spent our precious sunshiny hours chilling by Lake Zürich, bathing on the banks of the Limmat River, and basking in the sun on our rooftop terrace...
Luckily this summer during the work week, Mya and I on more than one occasion were able to meet up with Kevin by the lake for lunch. Here are some of our lunchtime lake shots...
|Kevin's fellow Suits taking a break from banking.|
|Some had time to take a dip.|
|Mya and I lost in the sparkling waters.|
|I mean come on, can you blame us?|
|Mya is sooo European. Her go-to lunch: bread, espresso, cigarette.|
|Alps in the background. Too bad the iPhone doesn't even begin to do it justice.|
|The water did get warm enough for me to jump in (about 77 F), but for some reason we don't have any pictures to prove it. You'll just have to trust me that I did go for a swim and the water felt fantastic.|
|Saffa Island and the pedestrian bridge leading to it.|
|Kev and Mya lost in the dazzling waters.|
|Again, can you blame them?|
|Mya's favorite summer pastime - scrounging for BBQ scraps.|
|View from our BBQ.|
One of my favorite summertime spots is the Letten, a badi on the river. The water temperature is definitely, shall we say, more refreshing than the lake, but it is so worth it to lose your breath in the cold water as you jump in and let the current carry you away...
|View of the Letten from kornhausbrücke (a bridge over the river).|
|The Letten is bumping.|
|The only thing Mya's head is good for.|
|Kevin in the water doing his signature double fist pump pose.|
A little further down the Limmat River is a spot where people ride down on rafts. We must get one for next summer...
|Rafts cruising down the river.|
|Rocks where we dragged Mya and forced her to enjoy the water...she still hates water, if not more now.|
My favorite summer river experience was Limmatschwimmen - a swimming event where participants floated down the river on blow-up gators. Beer in hand, straddling a gator, floating on an urban river with hundreds of other people; now that is summer fun.
The lake and river are always awesome, but sometimes there's no place like home...
|Mya begging patiently while Kevin barbecues.|
|Jerk chicken Züri style - on a rooftop.|
|Perfect Sunday - Nook, wine, sun.|
|View from terrace.|
|Rooftop at sunset.|