Saturday, March 28, 2009

Short hike on Rigiblick

The end of my hike... there is a cafe here...and they served good chocolate cake...
i had a coffee and cake before i left...

from centralplatz in Zurich, take tram no:6 to the direction of Zoo. Get off at the Zoo, and follow the sign for Rigiblick.. then the trails take you about 50minutes to reach this place where you can reward yourself with some coffee and cakes.

To go back to the city, take the Seilbahn, somesort of furnicular train, just opposite of this building. Then a short walk down hill, and you are back to the city centre...

warm lovely afternoon

some of the trails, still covered by snow.

it is amazing and it is so easy to be in the nature, just 10mins away in any direction in a swiss city, you will be most probaly somewhere out in a field, lake, hill, parks, farmland, or a combination of all.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A hot air balloon fair in Putrajaya. These shots were taken with Sam's D70.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Zug, the capital city of Canton Zug....

Zug, the capital city of the Canton of Zug, a small charming little city by the Lake Zug at the foot of Zugerberg. (notice the amount of "zug" mentioned?)

One of the smallest canton in Switzerland, with more than 20% of its population are foreigners ( i m part of the statistic). It has the lowest tax in Switzerland, and a lot of multinational companies setup their operations here...... oh... at the time of posting this.. i live just 5 minutes train ride away from the city...

The calming, peaceful, relaxing Lake Zug

St Oswald's church

Zug castle, now a museum

Chapel of our Dear Lady in the old town

Great Schell fountain

A narrow, hidden lane... but overall, it looks mostly like this on a Sunday... perfect for a relaxing stroll on this quaint city

The zytturm, clock tower.... tourists are allowed to go up the tower...
the trick is that, there is a police station on the left side of this tower... what you need to do is that to go to the police, and mention to them that you need the key.

Then, you will be required to submit your passport or identification, and the police will then pass you a key to the tower...... nice.. a whole clock tower by yourself... a little scarry and eerie... hehe

the awesome view from the top

the lovely town houses

Saturday market by the lake

the BIGGEST shopping place in Zug, Metalli, with less than 45 shops!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Xitang water town

The ultimate scene of an old chinese water town... stone arch bridge, chinese house by the riverside

I could spend whole day here... really

An example that this is not a tourist theme park.. people do really live here!

I so wanted to join them for dinner at that balcony

Xitang, a really wonderful lovely watertown. Too bad that i was there only for an hour or so...
that is really... the very downside of joining a tour group...

But with airasia flying to hangzhou now, hope that one day i will be able to visit this place again.

And on the poor quality and grainy pictures... i am a dumb-ass that i never realize that my camera was set to ISO800... damn... my whole collections gone!