Sunday, 9 March 2014

First Geocaching Vespa Tour of the Year

Warning: contains geocache spoilers!

We are momentarily blessed with a period of beautiful, early spring weather here in Switzerland i.e. sunshine, cloudless, blue skies and 15°C.  So, this afternoon I couldn't resist taking the Vespa out for the first proper tour since the autumn.  I decided to drive over to the neighbouring canton of Nidwalden to pick-up a few geocaches.  

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Vaduz, Liechtenstein: First Impressions

This morning I set out for an extended weekend visit of two of Switzerland's eastern neighbours: Liechtenstein and Austria. 

After crossing the Rhein from Sargans in eastern Switzerland into Liechtenstein you could be forgiven for thinking that you were still in Switzerland. The road signs and markings are the same, the people are speaking a Swiss-German dialect and paying with Swiss francs, some bus passengers are dressed for Fastnacht and there are castles on the hills and snow on the mountains. All very Swiss-like.

The first two differences I noticed were colourful. The regional buses are a fetching lime green colour instead of the bright yellow of the Swiss Post buses. Secondly, the car number plates are menacingly black with white digits. Many of these number plates are attached to expensive cars. Not surprising considering that Liechtenstein is one of the world's richest countries.

Liechtenstein Museum of Modern Art


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Swiss Motorcycle Exhibition

Last weekend I visited the Swiss Motorcycle Exhibition in Zurich. The annual exhibition is timed to kick-off the new motorcycle season, where the manufacturers can show off their new models. The beautiful weather added to the spring feeling. Here are some of the highlights.

German engineering: BMW race bike.

New BMW electric scooter.


British muscle: Triumph Rocket III (2300cc!)

American classic: Harley Davidson.

Road racing bike.


KTM Superduke 1290 (180 BHP!): those crazy Austrians!

Ducati Monster 1200 S: not sure if the "S" stands for "Sexy" or "Stupidly inSane"!

Italian power & design: Ducati 1199 (190 BHP!)
 

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