ZURICH

ALONG WITH THE NAT­U­RAL BEAUTY OF ZURICH, THE FA­MOUS WATCH MU­SEUM, DELICACIEAS AND THE MOST FA­MOUS TOY STORE HAVE GRABBED THE AT­TEN­TION OF MANY.

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My daddy has writ­ten lots about Zurich for about a mil­lion years by now, but he says he never re­alised what a great place it must look like to a 3-year-old like me. He asked me to tell you why it is, so here goes:

You may have heard that Switzer­land is where ever so many watches come from and that the Bahn­hof­s­trasse in Zurich has stores just full of them. That may be im­por­tant if you are one of those peo­ple who can do some­thing called telling time (which I’m start­ing to ig­ure out), But for me, the best part is go­ing into Beyer, a store that has its own watch mu­seum.

When you are in­side, you should ask ev­ery­one, “How is your day feel­ing?” And when your daddy fi­nally says that, maybe we had bet­ter leave, go up to ev­ery­one again and say, “Auf Wieder­se­hen!” Then con­vince a nice lady to give you a red ap­ple from a bowl and go out­side while eat­ing it.

Make your daddy sit on a cold bench so you can eat your ap­ple and watch ever so many street cars go by and call out the route num­bers on top of each. Later, join your mummy and daddy for a tram ride that is even more fun than tak­ing the “re­ally big bus” back home. Rid­ing a tram is easy to do in Zurich be­cause those route num­bers are clearly marked, and friendly Zurich peo­ple are al­ways around to help your par­ents ind their way when they get lost which mine tend to do.

Switzer­land is known for its ter­riic wooden toys, which have been made here for longer than even my daddy can re­mem­ber, which is hard to be­lieve. Want one? First, con­vince your par­ents, on a stroller tour of the lovely old town,

Lake Zurich, morn­ing, from guest room at Eden Au Lac ho­tel.

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