Zurich: Zimply Zuperb !

The spirit of Zurich As cities go, Zurich is a midget. Zurich Municipality has only 0.4 million people (that was roughly Chennai’s population in 1881! )  and even Greater Metropolitan Zurich has only 1.8 million. Yet it is an urban wonder— one of the world’s busiest financial hubs, and arguably the most live-able city, with…

Seriously, are’nt the Swiss Serious?

Last winter, I holidayed in Zurich, which is largely German-speaking. Like most self-respecting Germans, the Swiss are disciplined to unimaginably robotic levels. They have rules & rules for everything, which are ruthlessly enforced. One foreigner was fined for washing his car on a Sunday (he didn’t know that as per Swiss Law, he was disturbing…

Ole! Cordoba!

A spark of History The grandest European city in the 10th century was NOT London, Paris, Venice, Rome or Naples. At least 10 times bigger than these cities, it surpassed them in Arts & Sciences. Its University had a huge library of Greek & Latin manuscripts; and taught mathematical concepts from India. At night, the…

Granada (2): After the Moors

Foreword This is the sequel to  my post Granada (1). If you are looking for descriptions of Alhambra, please see Granada (1): The Paradise of the Nasrids The Upheaval Yes, the upheaval came in 1492, after 250 years of Nasrid supremacy. All the Moorish kingdoms of Spain had surrendered to the Catholic forces; now Granada,…