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Zug, Switzerland

Zug, Switzerland

This week’s letter is ‘Z’ for

~ Zug ~

Zfor Zurich is what I had really wanted to write here today. I lived close by this city for five years. I know I never took many photos, which is most likely why they are not properly organized. Oh well, maybe in the next round of this fun meme. So this post is about Zug.

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I would almost bet a few of you haven’t heard of Zug yet. A small town, even smaller than beautiful Zurich, which, by American standards and number of residents, is already a pretty small town. But then again, the USA are roughly 229 times bigger (land mass) than Switzerland with about 39 times more population. Switzerland’s population equals that of New York City, almost – amazing. Want to see more interesting numbers comparing two countries?Check out this interesting website I found while searching the net – ifitweremyhome.com.

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Anyways, back to the city Zug, capitol of canton (county) Zug. Like so many cities in Switzerland and Europe Zug dates way back into the middle ages when it was first mentioned in 1240. Canton Zug is a low-tax region of Switzerland, making it a sought-after place to live. Most likely the reason, companies like Siemens, Roche and Johnson & Johnson built their sites in canton Zug. To us it meant a day trip to see something new. At the time David was writing on his fantasy novel and was interested in caves. The closest ones I could find were the limestone caves,Β Hoellgrotten Baar (close to Zug). He was also looking into getting a new car and narrowed his search down to a Mercedes SLK or a Porsche 911. So that weekend we rented and tried out an SLK. We enjoyed driving it from my home in Koblenz, AG all the nice winding roads preceding the Alps south east to Zug. We briefly stopped to fold down the top of the car and for lunch at a local place somewhere in the woods. We got good food and drinks, which we could consume while sitting outside taking in fresh air, nature and farm animals.

 

When we got to the caves, we did a self-guided tour and I grabbed a few photos. I am always fascinated how these dripstones evolve, making many interesting, sometimes weird patterns. So, I will let the photos speak for themselves.

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Later on we decided to have a quick peek at the city of Zug itself and drove into the town center, heading for the lake. We walked for a little while through the neat and small streets of town and strolled along the lake watching the swans. And the approaching storm, judging by the looks of the clouds hanging over the lake. It did not get us, because when it did, we were back in our car, folded up top and heading home.

 

p.s. in case you are curious, in the end David decided to get the 911 πŸ™‚

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Jenny MatlockThis is my contribution today to round 5 of Alphabe- Thursday hosted by Jenny Matlock. If you have a moment please visit her website and check out other ‘student’s’ work and her ‘terrific tangents’.

 

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26 Comments
  • Jamie "ChatterBlossom

    These photos are beautiful! I wish I could go back to Zurich when it is warmer. I was there in the frigid cold and I didn’t want to be anywhere but inside! πŸ˜‰

    • Claudia Willison

      Zurich IS beautiful. I still can’t believe that I took so few photos there, and now even have to hunt them down – grrh. But I guess it is normal to not be a tourist when you are at home πŸ™‚

  • twistedpixelstudio

    Awesome! Never made it to Switzerland. Those caves are something. Its a pretty town. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I would have picked the 911 too. πŸ˜‰

    • Claudia Willison

      I thought you might like the dripstone photos. It had been a while that I looked at them and now think I might pull them out and work them a bit more. Yeah, the 911 was fun in Germany!!

  • Rosey

    Everything looks just lovely! What a terrific post to have happened across!

    • Claudia Willison

      Thank you, Rosey! I am very glad you stumbled your way over here and liked it πŸ™‚

  • Kanelstrand

    I find Switzerland fascinating and I would love to go see for myself. What amazes me is the nature and the architecture. And that little town of Zug (At first I thought the name translated to Train but then I read the Wikipedia article and learned better) looks so pretty! I wish you had taken more photos of your time there!

    • Claudia Willison

      If you get a chance to go, go, Sonya, because Switzerland truly is beautiful. I do have more pictures of my time there, but not a whole lot – sigh – I am sure they will turn up soon and then I will share them in another post.

  • snadra tyer

    what an interesting name for a town and great Z word! Wonderful photos , just love the cave ones. Almost like paintings. Thaanks for visiting my own Z. I’ve just discovered this word hop and so will stick with it.

    • Claudia Willison

      Thanks, Sandra, for returning my visit. Round 5 is actually my first one, too and I started with ‘I’ only. It is fun!

  • VBR

    Was a beautiful town. I love the photos of the variety of sights to enjoy!

    • Claudia Willison

      Thank you, VBR – that is the great thing about day trip driving around – seeing a lot of different things.

  • SplendiSpld Little Stars

    oooo…my hubby would love to have a Porsche 911!
    Zug looks most interesting. I would love to visit Switzerland sometime.
    Caves are fascinating places. I haven’t been in one for ages.

    • Claudia Willison

      Hahaha – yeah, I bet he would, it is a fun car, but highly impractical. Although I always have to stress that the trunk (located in the front) was actually surprisingly big – LOL. Switzerland is a great country to visit and so are caves.

  • The Dose of Reality

    Your photographs are beautiful. I especially love the buildings. They are just gorgeous! (I also hope you didn’t have to get too close to the swans because they can be so aggressive!! They give me the shivers!)

    • Claudia Willison

      Thanks a lot! Yeah, I know – swans can be pretty vicious. My husband, then bf actually stayed a few steps back, watching – LOL

  • Raw Thoughts And Feelings

    Beautiful photos! It must be a great place to visit!

  • Monica

    I LOVE your photos. Great “Z” post. We’ve been to Switzerland, but only to Interlaken & Grindelwold. Both of them beautiful places as well.

    • Claudia Willison

      Thank you, Monica. Interlaken and Grindelwald are great! In fact, I got married in Interlaken πŸ™‚

  • Jim

    I like your “Z” word post, Claudia. I have driven through Zug once when going from Lucerine to Liechtenstein (country). It is very pretty there with the all the hills and little mountains and also the pretty homes like the ones you posted. I think we skipped Zurich both times we were in Lucerine.

    We did think that Liechtenstein was too commercialized. That didn’t bother us too much however because we ate lunch at the MacDonald’s. We were traveling with our then 16-year-old granddaughter and she delighted in finding some ‘near American’ food.
    ..

    • Claudia Willison

      Haha – that is funny about your granddaughter πŸ™‚ But you really should not have skipped Zurich. It also is very beautiful.

  • Sue at Naperville Now

    a charming town — how lucky to be able to tour around in such a great automobile!

    • Claudia Willison

      Yes, it is. And,yes, I have been very lucky to be able to that together with my husband. πŸ™‚

  • Jenny Matlock

    Oh. Wow!

    I’d love to be able to go to Zug. Or Zurich.

    Or even any city in those lovely places that DON’T start with the letter Z.

    Fortunately for me, I feel like I’m actually visiting when I see your lovely photos!

    Thanks for letting me tag along!

    Zis was a lovely post.

    A+

    • Claudia Willison

      Ooooh, that is so nice to hear, Jenny! Its nice to know that there are people out there reading and enjoying my posts πŸ™‚

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