As were heading from Lucerne to Basel, we stopped in Zurich for a few hours. We had visited Zurich briefly pre-kids and I wanted to show them the Marc Chagall stained-glass windows in the Fraumunster Church. These 5 large stained-glass panels were designed and installed by Chagall in 1970. Each depicts a different story from the Bible including Moses receiving the Ten Commandments and Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. The windows are beautiful works of art and the peaceful setting of the church only helps to enhance their beauty. Most importantly for those with kids, they can be easily seen and appreciated in a small amount of time.
We had passed a Sprungli chocolate shop on our way to the church and I promised the kids we would go in on our way back. We noticed they had a nice cafe attached to the store and decided to have lunch there as well. Jack and I each had a delicious spinach and bacon quiche which was served with a small green salad while Alan and Ava enjoyed some of the freshly made sandwiches. Afterwards we headed into the store to pick up some Luxemburgerli, (the name of the company's trademarked mini-macaroons) for dessert and a few chocolate bars for later.
We still had a little time so we walked over to a toy store I had read about, Pastorini Spielzeug. The 4-story space is filled with amazing toys, with an emphasis on those items that encourage imaginative play, i.e., no video games or electronic equipment in sight. The dollhouse section could have kept Ava busy for days and almost all of the items were constructed of wood not plastic. They had a huge arts and crafts section with all kinds of papers, pencils, and paints. Jack enjoyed checking out the Legos and noting the sets he had not seen before. If the kids were younger we would have spent a fortune on Playmobil sets but instead we spent our time reminiscing over the sets we used to have and those we wished we had known about.
Just walking around for the short time we did, we made a game of finding the best signs and markers on the buildings. Zurich is such a beautiful city and I hope we can return one day to enjoy it more fully.