We left the builder with keys and free run of the house this week while we took off on a long-planned and all-important trip to Zurich. In order to change registration of the car from Switzerland to Italy, we needed to have ownership papers verified by the Strassenverkehrsamt and the Italian Consulate in Zurich. We left home at 6am on a crisp and clear day that afforded us great views of the alps. We arrived in Zurich at noon (although the trip should take 4 hours, we hadn't counted on the peak hour traffic around Milano!) After parking the car in Zurich city, we checked into our hotel, grabbed our papers and headed straight over to do our business. By 3pm we were finished and free to head down memory lane. We had lived in Zurich for 3 wonderful years and the city is without doubt my favourite city in the world. It is at its most beautiful at Christmas when its streets are filled with markets, music and food. And just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we were treated to a pink sunset reflected off the old town and an evening illuminated by Christmas lights in the Bahnhofstrasse.