zurich day 2
We finally figured out the tram system which made life easier and cheaper. The system is pretty amazing. Similar to Paris on how it works. I much prefer the above ground system over the under ground system. Not that NYC is changing anytime soon but there is something very civilized about it.
We made our way over to the Migros Museum. The museum is housed in what used to be the Lowenbrau Factory. It has been turned into a museum with a bunch of galleries. Most of the art was seriously out there. Not sure any of us got it or felt connected to anything we saw but it was certainly interesting.
Next gallery was Gallery Bob Van Orsouw. Most of the pieces look like the one above but the black and white one is the only one that I found drawn to.
At the Kunstalle, which is one part of the museum, there were a variety of works. The other part is the Migros which had such an out there exhibit that I can't even begin to describe it and the sign said no pics. I wouldn't necessarily want to own one of these pieces but I loved how they hung together. Each one is a large purl knitted blanket blocked over on a piece of wood and framed.
As we walked over to the tram we noticed another gallery, Mitterand Sanz, that had Fred Wilson in the lower hand corner of their glass front. Of course we took pictures and walked in.
Fred has actually met the artist before. They know each other only by name only and of course images from the top hits on Google. One day, Fred was on the phone with me and saw him and quickly got off. He saw Fred too. They talked and laughed. Small world. This his work above.
Next to the gallery was the cutest grocery store Sudp. I believe that was the name. Like an old time family run store but it was run by 30 year olds. Everything that was made in there smelled delicious. You can pick up lunch or anything to go as well as a few groceries. We had some house ice tea that was fantastic.
We tried to go into another area to find some galleries but they aren't exactly sitting in one area like Chelsea. They are all over the city in different locations. We bagged.
We got back on the tram and made our way over to the lake area where people swim. We wandered into one of the swim clubs which was relatively small. It was kind of strange atmosphere. Areas to sit, to eat but it was just very tight. People swim out to the floating decks in the lake.
One thing in that particular area that I noted is the names of the restaurants. Odeon, Balthazaar and Shillers. Which came first, these restaurants are Keith McNally's? Just an observation. I know the Odeon came here first because that is where Albert Einstein supposedly hung out.
We moved on and finally found a place to eat. Right on the water. A tiny place that serves sausages, salads, beer and wine. Restaurant Pumpstation. Perfect.
It was so hot and people were swimming in the lake. I dared Emily to jump in and so she did. Unfortunately I captured her after she got in but she was so much happier once she got cool.
Back to the hotel. Josh and I hit the work out room. The spa area here is sick. There is a room that has snow every day of the year. In front of that room are these large tubs filled with hot black pebbles. You are supposed to churn the pebbles with your hands, lie on them with a towel and then go into the snow room to chill, literally.
Josh's question...how much do you think it costs to build that room?