My friends arrived from Portland yesterday and we had a leisurely breakfast this morning looking out at a light snow falling and winter day. Photography was the topic of discussion and the enjoyment of the creative process. My goal is to live in the moment and respond to the world around me. It is a luxury to be following my passion. My room here is comfortable with a large print of storks flying and a view over the Limmat River just below my window. I am reviewing images from the past three days and am really enjoying the quiet and time to relax and feel the pace of this city. I have really enjoyed my time here and we leave the hotel at noon to take a train to the city of Bern for one night.
My mission this morning was to walk to the Kunsthaus, Zurich-The Museum for Modern Art. I was second to enter and immediately swept past the Reformation art to the collection of work by Alberto Giacometti and on to view work by Monet, Picasso, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee and many other renown artists. From there I walked to the Fraumunster Church close to my hotel to see the large stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall and installed in 1970. There is also a very tall panel of stained glass finished by Augusto Giacometti. I had lunch once more at the same Italian restaurant within two blocks of my hotel.
This is a beautiful smaller city of many artisans and friendly inhabitants. I spent hours and hours wandering the traditional streets photographing people and whatever caught my eye. This is a country of contrasts of old and new; nature and industrial wires; young styles and older traditional attire. There is a notable red bridge which was the guiding marker for returning to our traditional “onsen” hotel. It was up a steep hill overlooking the town so the walk to and from was terrific exercise. I loved photographing near the river and bridges in the central area of the city.