January 16, 2011
Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zürich - Date with my Photographer Honey
David and I took the train to enjoy a 7-hour date yesterday in downtown Zurich, seeing mostly things we'd never seen before, and in some cases, had no idea existed. We had never visited any museums in Zürich. Well, there's no time like the present.
First stop: Schweizerisches Landesmuseum. That's a tough one to type. It's a collection of items relating to Swiss history. For example:
- an 800-year old embroidered tablecloth, flax on canvas- a woodenPalm Sunday donkey with Jesus figure astride, from 1055 AD- delicate, ornate drinking glasses from 1650 - how did they preserve such fine, thin glass all that time without breaking it??
• a mushrooming knife• one for castrating boars• an Austrian knife with a purple handle• a knife for roast chestnuts• Swiss army knives from 1891 on• 4 "plagiarized copies of the Swiss army knife" (goodness!)• Army knives from Germany, USA, Netherlands, Denmark, Malaysia (camouflage pattern!)• a parachutist's knife• NATO knife, NASA knife• knives signed by Presidents Reagan and Bush• a Nepalese machete-type tool (called a "Kukri")• a diamond-encrusted, platinum and gold knife• an ostrich feather trimming knife (doesn't everyone need one of those?)
We were pleasantly interested in the collection for exactly one hour, then it was clearly time to have lunch as hunger conquered any more attention we might have otherwise offered.
We were not allowed to take photos inside this museum, but David got some nice shots of the outside of the structure:
Schweizerisches Landesmuseum - Tower Roof
Landesmuseum - Tower
Landesmuseum - Above the Arch
Turrets inside the Landesmuseum Courtyard
Landesmuseum Courtyard High on a Wall
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