Cows everywhere, Zürich
Cow bells, images and even statues - cows seem to be everywhere! It is of course something that changes with time. Cows and milk, milk and chocolate, chocolate and Switzerland!
The use of the cow as a symbol is iconic and somethings inappropriate, however it does make a good image generally.
I was looking for cows for whose Zurich is (was?) famous for sometimes by the end of last century and it's not an easy thing to find - and especially if you don't know where they are now, so I almost gave up trying; but then I saw one from the window of a building in a street towards Le Courbuiser Centre in a street called Hoeschasse when we walked from tram stration towards the park (in that case, the building will be one your right side so pay attention to content behind windows, and the cow is behind large glass so it's not impossible to miss it unless it will be moved).
The entry hall was not locked (it's some smaller official or semi-official building that had a cow) so I entered and the cow is not life-size, but still.... it was good one. I wish I knew where were other cows gone, but reading bits on that subject, mostly were sold off by auction and money was used for humanitarian purposes. So, they're gone into private archives or buildings worldwide, treated like a rare piece of art which is good as it will have them preserved (for those who have them).
Fondest memory: Unfortunatelly nowsadays a wider collection of Zurich cows can be seen on postcards only.
There is more you can read about that interesting art project if you use search machines on web, write 'cow parade Zurich' and it will give you a lot of material to read, including other cities that are involved.
One such US based sites is here: http://www.cowparade.com/
Favorite thing: Its a generalization that accounts are uptight and boring people. Well this is a generalization and not necessarily a truth. After the other guy in the hat had posed with the cow at the Crazy Cow restaurant it was my turn. So here is how Larry, the accountant, posed with the cow. Notice any differences in our personalities from the pics?
Favorite thing: The two guys in hats are both definate individuals with marked differences. These two pictures will probably demonstrate the differences clearly. We ate lunch at the Crazy Cow restaurant. There are many statues and models of cows in and around the city of Zurich. There was a metallic cow statue outside of the Crazy Cow. I told Jim to go and pose by the cow. So without a second thought he went and posed for this picture. This is how the scientist, Jim, chose to pose for a humorous picture with the cow.
Favorite thing: There are a lot of cows in Switzerland. Cow bells can heard along the country side as you travel by the trains. But there are also some unusual places to find cows. Here is found a cow replica on the balcony of someone's apartment. It was staring down at me and I had to take its picture.