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An impressive succulent collection

An impressive succulent collection

IMG_7834 Sukkulentensammlung
IMG_7834 Sukkulentensammlung
cacti 1
cacti 1
IMG_7863 Sukkulentensammlung
IMG_7863 Sukkulentensammlung
cacti 1
cacti 1
cacti 3
cacti 3
IMG_7917 Lake Zurich
IMG_7917 Lake Zurich
IMG_7896 Gelatos
IMG_7896 Gelatos

I figured it is time to end my hiatus and get back to writing some posts. It's been a whirlwind the last three months with travels in The Netherlands and Switzerland, but now I'm back and finally caught back up. So I wanted to share one of the new places I went in Switzerland that is probably one of the few places you will find that is FREE in the country: the extensive succulent collection in Zurich.Succulent plants are those that can store water within their stems, leaves and roots. The common ones that people normally recognize are the cacti, but this succulent collection really showcases the other plants that fall in this group. It is apparently one of the largest in the world!The collection itself is divided by continent, so it really is eye opening to see the variations amongst these plants between continents and within continents.Here, I learned that a number of orchids have evolved to store water. These beauties are truly resilient!If it's a nice day out, I would highly suggest walking back into the city along the lake. You will get sweeping views of the spectacular architecture along the lake, and if it's a clear day, you'll even see the Alps!When we went, there was a heat wave sweeping through Europe, so we were compelled to stop at each gelato shop we saw along our walk back into the city... I suggest you do that also - they are very refreshing!

Tips: 

  1. Take a walk there if it's a nice day out. Otherwise, you can catch the 7 tram to the Brunaustrasse stop.
  2. They are open 9 am to 4:30 pm.
  3. When we were there, a ton of professional photographers were also there, tripods and all, so watch out and don't trip!
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