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.
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.
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, 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.
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 🙂
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