24 HOURS IN ZÜRICH
Last month I was in Switzerland for some work meetings but managed to coincide my trip with Style Ride Switzerland, an afternoon bike ride around Zürich where everybody gets dressed up in their best garb, from '50s kimonos to zebra body paint.
We congregated in a sea of colour outside The Dolder Grand, one of Zürich's grandest hotels, renovated 10 years ago by British architect Lord Norman Foster. From there we cycled (as a group of 300!) past the Botanic Garden and Chinese Garden and then onto the city's Opera House, where we managed to capture a quick group snap before almost losing the rest of the team.
Then it was on through Paradeplatz, the finance centre of the city, onto the Jewish Quarter where we stopped nearby for a quick bite to eat. It was there we stumbled upon Cabinet, a boutique store with the most beautiful and well-selected array of clothing, accessories, interiors and knick-knacks I've seen under one roof.
After what felt like only a few moments we were off again, cycling parallel to the Limmat river, past the Swiss National museum before ending our journey where we began that morning, at our hotel, the 25 hours hotel.
With an hour to spare before our taxi arrived to take us to the airport, I scouted out the nearest vintage shop to pick up a souvenir of my trip before I had to leave. Cue Abito Allora, a cute little boutique a few metres down the road from the hotel. After just a few minutes I settled on an amazing '70s-style pink and green dress (blog post coming soon) and a pair of vintage sunglasses — success!