Zurich Art Gallery “Praised & Ridiculed”

This was a superb exhibition of 19th century French art in all its diversity. Well labelled and hung to contrast the different 19th century interpretations of similar subjects: war, genre, portraits and finally landscape. Thought provoking. It is impossible to pick favourites so many of them are so attractive, regardless of which title they hold, […]

New Year Get Together

Twenty old friends and new greeted 2018 very tastefully at the British Cheese Centre in the Zurich Viaduct Markthalle. The tastefulness was of  course cheesy,  with old friends like Cheddar, Red Leicester and Stilton, alongside Hebridean Blue and Caerphilly. Some new friends were also found for the English champagne now hailing from Kent, not to mention cider and […]

Zurich Toy Museum

BRA members visited the small Toy Museum in Zurich, to be taken through a couple of centuries of childhood… “Oh it’s got an upstairs loo !” And indeed, the large dolls’ house gave us a full view of all the fixtures and fittings of a late 19th century house. That fine model, and all the […]

Rhine Excursion

‘A group of some twenty-two BRA members and their guests set out just after nine a,m. on Saturday 9th Sept. on the motor vessel Thurgaufrom the quay in Schaffhausen to travel up stream to Stein am Rhein. This small medieval town is situated on the north bank of the Rhine, some sixteen kilometres up-sream, where the […]

Scones & Strawberry Tea

Some 15 BRA members, both old and new, braved the cold and wet summer afternoon on 10 August to gather in the well-loved home of Joanna Koch for afternoon tea.  As we approached the front door, our senses were already being serenaded by the sweet-scented aroma of what lay ahead. Once inside, we were greeted by […]

Fork & Bottle Lunch

The Fork & Bottle Restaurant’s big, shady garden at the edge of Zurich’s Allmend, with a wonderful view of the Uetliberg, was just what we needed on a very hot 6 July! There was a surprise for me as well: In the past the service had all-too-often been, let’s say, erratic but this time it […]

A Musical QBP

The balmy, sunny weather stayed with us on the evening of 27 June despite some threatening clouds on the horizon. We could enjoy the beautiful gardens of the Restaurant Belvoir Park in Zurich with its soft grass (although not good for high heels), herbacious borders and the backdrop of the elegant 19th century villa.   Deputy Ambassador […]

The Sunken Mysteries of Osiris

A group of us met in the shady gardens of the Rietberg Museum on 15 June for an informal lunch before our guided tour of the Osiris exhibition, the story of Osiris, the Egyptian god of rebirth. Our guide was excellent – engaged, informed and fluent – we could not have done better. This spectacular […]

Zurich First Museum

A BRA group enjoyed a visit to this exhibition on 14 March, guided by two very knowledgeable English-speaking members of the Central Library staff.  The exhibition, housed in the dimly-lit chancel of the Prediger Kirche, provides insights into the history and intellectual development of Zurich.  In 1629 the town’s citizens set up its first public […]

Giacometti Exhibition

As was to be expected last January, it was a beautifully documented exhibition and with the excellent audio equipment which the Gallery provided we did not have to join the crowded guided tour. Instead we wandered at our own pace, learning about Giacometti’s life and work in Paris, his unique style, and how he became […]