Last Wednesday I went to Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland, to meet up with Christa Polkinhorn, a Swiss-American writer who’s over from sunny California for the winter. We went to an extremely lush coffee shop near the river and talked books for hours – it was lovely!
People tend to think of banks when you say ‘Zürich’, but there’s a whole lot more to the city than grey financial buildings. Christa and I tramped through narrow alleyways with tall, centuries-old buildings on either side; we wandered along beside the river Limmat, taking the same route as her characters in An Uncommon Family, and we talked.
We finished off by crossing the river and walking up the Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most expensive and exclusive shopping streets in the world. It wasn’t jewellery or swanky handbags we were after, though – Christa wanted to introduce me to her favourite mulled wine stall! We stood there on a chilly November afternoon, warm as toast and watching the world go by…
One thing I often do when I go to Zürich is visit the Fraumünster, with the amazing Chagall windows. It was closed for renovations last week, but if you’re ever in Zürich, do go in for a look. It’s the colours that are fascinating – vibrant doesn’t begin to describe them. This window isn’t in the Fraumünster, but it gives you a feeling for the atmosphere, and you can see more here.
A few more Zürich photos:
The Attic Room
is on special offer over the weekend, just 99p/c on kindle. is now back to its usual price of £1.99 – still a snip!
And I was really pleased to find The Cold Cold Sea has hit 100 reviews on Amazon UK. It’s only a number, maybe, but it feels a bit like celebrating a round birthday – without the grey hairs!