Remembering Queen Victoria

We were so happy to be able to arrange this event, which brought to life Queen Victoria’s visit to Lucerne in 1868 and very grateful for the support and warm welcome from Christin Lichtin, Director of the Luzern History Museum.  Some 30 Members enjoyed the event, and we were joined for the Victorian Tea by […]

Zurich Round Table

On 14 May Zurich held its first round table in the Kantorei Restaurant.  This was chosen for its proximity to the Haus zum Rech which had a small, but interesting and well staged exhibition concentrating on the Lindenhof castle. After dominating the Zürich scene since Roman times this castle was totally destroyed around 1218. Five […]

NASCA, Peru – Searching for Traces in the Desert

At the Rietberg Museum, 14 April, twelve enthusiastic Members enjoyed lunch, the guided tour of this fantastic exhibition, and later on tea in the sunny Museum Courtyard.  We are very grateful to George Russell for writing this vivid description of the Exhibition.  The Nasca lived in one of the driest areas of the world, in the […]

Childrens Concert – The Flying Orchestra

On Saturday, 17 March , my two year old daughter Lillian and I attended  this event.  The idea behind the concert is to introduce small children to live classical music, in an appropriate setting.  There was ample room for the children, who were seated either on their parents’ laps or on cushions next to the […]

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 […]