Keep Calm & Paddle On

A Mallard drake in Lucerne, Switzerland.

I have a confession to make: I am obsessed with ducks. Every time I travel, these cute little fellas find their way into my photo collection. Like this Mallard Drake I found on his way out for a suntan in Lucerne.

Why the obsession? You see, in sunny Singapore where I come from, ducks are rare sightings (except the ones on the dinner table). But in the northern hemisphere, ducks are so commonplace you can apparently find them in any park, pond or lake.

Interestingly, seeing these ducks made my day more than any great historical building or impressive museum. Watching them sail the waterways with their oh-so-cute ducklings put a smile on my face. Impromptu pet therapy at work, I guess.

Then again, sometimes it’s the simple things that make a vacation great. We need not try too hard to plan the perfect vacation always. We should just go with the flow, keep calm and paddle on like our feathered friends.

Read more about my trip to Lucerne in:
Lucerne: Small Town Charm

Lucerne: Small Town Charm

JUNE 2011… For my next excursion, I went to Lucerne, a popular city 52 km southwest of Zurich. Sitting on the edge of yet another river-lake (this time Lake Lucerne and River Reuss), Lucerne was just the right size for a day trip. The scenery en route from Zurich to Lucerne. The experience started right… Continue reading Lucerne: Small Town Charm

Zurich: A Pleasant Surprise

JUNE 2011… Zurich is one of the largest financial centres in the world. Most travellers enter Zurich to conduct business rather than sightseeing. Tourists to Switzerland typically head to the Alps or the more scenic cities of Geneva and Bern. I was also more interested in using Zurich as a base to hop to other… Continue reading Zurich: A Pleasant Surprise