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The Price of Parking


A week of bicycles in Zürich, Switzerland, from last November!

This reminds me of parking in very hilly San Francisco!

The Price of Parking


A week of bicycles in Zürich, Switzerland, from last November!

This reminds me of parking in very hilly San Francisco!

comments (53)

Again bicycles players. It's like Amsterdam! But in Switzerland! smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, José Angel. I like that. smile
  • rian
  • Mobile, US
  • 1 Apr 2009, 02:11
now that's a bumpy ride! grin very nice capture! smile
Ginnie Hart: Too bumpy for me, Rian. smile Thanks.
Very cool stairway. It sure makes a great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Not fun to climb at the end of a long day, Michael, but still good exercise. Thanks.
Always interesting images of the places you visit Ginnie. Do they ride the bikes up and down these steps? Beautiful architecture here, lovely design, especially the windows. Great capture and composition as usual.
Ginnie Hart: I doubt very much that they ride the bikes up and down these steps, John. smile But can you imagine carrying them up and down?! THAT would be good exercise, to say the least.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 1 Apr 2009, 02:42
I can just image lugging a bike up and down those stairs. Whew!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Larry. No wonder they stay in good shape there!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Apr 2009, 04:24
Superb image, Ginnie.

Very orderly but for the relative chaos of the bikes...great you included them.
Ginnie Hart: It was the bikes that got my attention after I looked up the stairs, Ray. At the end of a long day, I had no wish to climb up to the top. "Another day," I thought. HA! More like another year! smile
  • Andy
  • United States
  • 1 Apr 2009, 04:25
Wow what a strange place to park a bike! Very cool shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Andy, for stopping by and commenting.
Ah, such a gorgeous composition, Ginnie. A tranquil scene, though I'd struggle to get a bike up those steps myself! ha ha

Beautifully observed
Ginnie Hart: You and I can be the photographers, Paul, and we'll let the others do the lifting. smile
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 1 Apr 2009, 04:41
nice one gin
lovely composition
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, DrAW.
  • Alex
  • Spain
  • 1 Apr 2009, 04:50
Me gusta la prespectiva desde donde has tomado la foto, esas escaleras a donde iran a parar?
Saludos.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Alex. They go to the top of the world, but I'm not sure that's Iran! smile
nice shot! it is reminescent of San Francisco, but also Quebec City. Nice job.
Ginnie Hart: I hadn't thought of Quebec City, Dawn, but you are so right!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Apr 2009, 05:16
Een geweldige foto, great composition, I would like to walk the stairs and see what there is at the top....wink
Please do believe me, THIS is the best place to park and LOCK your bike.....I had to smile when this opened, for somebody with bad intention must be a 'muscle-man/woman' so carry the bike up or down, believe, 'riding' the stairs is even for a Dutchy difficult, and I do know how to ride a bike....I do it the 'Amsterdam' way...grin
Fabulous picture, thanks for the smile, mijn vriend, needed that.
Ginnie Hart: There is method to their madness, for sure, lieve vriend. They aren't dumb! It was a long day and I had no intention of climbing to the top. But if you had been there, I probably would have done it. Let's go....
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 1 Apr 2009, 05:17
Such a lovely shot. I often dream of what it would be like to live in such an area.
Ginnie Hart: I have Europe in my blood, Sherri, so I am bound and determined to live there some day...maybe sooner than I think. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Apr 2009, 06:23
Switzerland is bike mad Ginnie - even with all those mountains
Ginnie Hart: And so I found out, Chris. At least AMS/Netherlands is relatively flat by comparison. Thank God!
I hope you haven't been parking your car on stairs!
Ginnie Hart: Not I, said the little red hen. grin
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 1 Apr 2009, 07:17
Great composition Ginnie, steep terrain for a pushbike
Ginnie Hart: Not particularly my cuppa tea, Tony. smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Apr 2009, 07:34
I can imagine you would have a sore bum when you rode down those stepsgrin
Lovely shot mijn vriendsmile
Ginnie Hart: To say nothing of riding up...sore legs! Thanks, Musketeer. I hope you are doing okay?!
It must be strange to have to walk up or down every time you step out of your house.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Wim. You wouldn't want to be a sleep-walker, for sure!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Apr 2009, 08:07
Before I read your words, I knew: This must be Zürich, and I remember to have 'climbed up' this "Stiege", too- a beautifully composed pic and a funny title and introduction! You have captured very well the "schnuckelige"/snoezig flair of these Old European towns!
Ginnie Hart: These old towns are in my blood, Philine. Soon I will call them Home!
I wouldn't want to ride a bike up here....or down come to think of ittongue
Ginnie Hart: Me, neither, Bill. But as Astrid said, it's probably a safe place for parking!
I love this composition Ginnie. The steps certainly make this an interesting photograph.
Ginnie Hart: We don't see much of this here in the States, Chad!
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 1 Apr 2009, 09:14
Hmmm... not easy to bike on such stairs... ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Or to park, Sidney? smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Apr 2009, 09:36
I was wondering where this hill was in Amsterdam, then I saw that it was in Zurich! I wouldn't want to have to heave my bike up those steps.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: It would be a chore, Ingrid, but perhaps worth it if it makes the bike safer?
Good shot Ginnie. Would be a nice ride down with a cycle.
Ginnie Hart: Remember "The Italian Job" movie? The Mini-Cooper would have a blast here. smile
I love this angle
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
I like this picture Ginnie, what a place to have to heave ones bike to every day but I also like the two wrought iron grills over the windows on the right, what wonderful shapes.
Ginnie Hart: Now that you've said it, Brian, I guess it's an area where things need to be secured! So maybe there's method to the bike madness?!
Great composition Ginnie. richard
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Beautiful shot Ginnie. Reminds me of Tananarive (Magagascar) which is built on seven hills.
Ginnie Hart: WOW! That would be some good exercise, Richard!
  • Dotun
  • United States
  • 1 Apr 2009, 14:13
well captured, love the leasing lines.
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new blog, Dotun. Thanks for stopping by again...and staying in touch!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Apr 2009, 14:44
I remember the hills in SF testing the quality of the handbrake of the rental car. I had to turn the wheels into the curb to make sure it was still in the same place the following day ;o)

The bikes add interest and prove that not all Swiss are ultra tidy ;o)
Ginnie Hart: To be honest, Mike, I'm VERY GLAD I don't liver in San Fran. You do NOT want to drive a stick-shift there!!!
Wonderful angles.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Christopher.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 1 Apr 2009, 15:24
Ginnie ... LOL .. looks like a hard work - good seen and perfect framing!
Ginnie Hart: Danke, Klaus. smile
Lovely composition Ginnie and your framing amazes me(always picture perfect) smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Ade. Thank you kindly.
une belle composition sympa la barrière à vélos les vélos se marient aux couleurs des murs et fenêtres : ) A+
Ginnie Hart: I like that, Patrick. Merci.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 1 Apr 2009, 18:47
Nice composition. And just think - someone had to carry them there! Lots of steps. I like the windows too.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Martie. I wonder if the owners live above the shops??
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 1 Apr 2009, 18:52
wow, excellent details here ginnie! yes, the high elevation streets of san francisco are extremely difficult to park, especially if you drive manual. Love your angle treatment on this shot.
Ginnie Hart: If I can help it, Liang, I will NEVER drive in San Fran again with stick-shift! That was totally for the birds.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 1 Apr 2009, 19:02
It's going to be a bumpy ride smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think it already was, Frida. smile
  • Nathan
  • United States
  • 1 Apr 2009, 19:33
Great composition! Must be kinda weird too look out of those low windows and see people's feet and legs as they walk by.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Nathan. grin
Its the steps that have stolen this picture for me Ginnie. A great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 1 Apr 2009, 22:38
Yikes! Imagine walking up those steps with a load of shopping. (Oh dear, what a boring comment!)
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Ellie. You put a smile on my face so it's obviously NOT boring! Ya gotta think think about such things before you buy/rent!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 1 Apr 2009, 23:58
Fantastic! I envy your travels..and all the sites you've seen and recorded!!!
Ginnie Hart: I have been very fortunate in my life of many travels, Marcie! Wander lust is in my Planets. grin
  • Red Pen
  • United States
  • 2 Apr 2009, 00:14
I love the perspective of the shot. What a daunting climb that could be at the end of a long day of sightseeing.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Red Pen! Thanks for stopping by again.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 2 Apr 2009, 03:57
like this one Ginnie, lovely composition and colours
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Aussie.
excellente photo et l'angle est amusant
Ginnie Hart: Merci, O-P. Merci.
  • Ilan
  • Israel
  • 2 Apr 2009, 20:51
Great street view.
It has a nostalgic, kind of classic feel to it.
Zurich seems like a beautiful city smile
Ginnie Hart: Zurich is a wonderful city, Ilan. If ever you can visit it, do so. You will NOT be disappointed! Thanks.
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2009, 14:15
Wow, there's literally no room for mistake here, is there? smile Makes the Odessa Steps look like a flat football pitch!

Great shot
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's what I like about so much of Europe, Ian, (compared to the States)...space seems to be utilized very well!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 13 Apr 2009, 13:13
The stairs caught immediately my attention...great graphic result...but in the end the bikes stole their main role smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm such a glutton for bikes, Lina! smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 15 Apr 2009, 15:33
I have a soft spot for steps leading into a picture, so this immediately caught my eye. I want to to climb the steps to see where they go.

As per San Francisco, shouldn't those bikes be parked with the wheels turned to face the kerb?
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're right Colin. Wheels should be turned into the curb! grin It's nice to see you again. Thanks.
  • Cliff
  • Germany
  • 21 Apr 2009, 00:35
hehe, I guess that is the price if you want to have a nice parking space. Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Cliff, and welcome back.
Nice compositional flow from top left to bottom right in this photograph.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
You have this ability to make ordinary places look very interesting, that's a gift
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Aksel. Thank you kindly.
  • Peter
  • United States
  • 15 Oct 2010, 07:33
Even though I would probably dread walking up all of those stairs it makes me want to walk up there to see what is at the top.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Peter! I DIDN'T walk up but I know what you mean. I was already too pooped. smile
Superb image, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for backtracking to this one, Roland. smile Merci.

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