The middle-aged couple sauntered hand-in-hand through the centre of Zurich on a warm, late-August evening

The middle-aged couple sauntered hand-in-hand through the centre of Zurich on a warm, late-August evening.The twilight was illuminated by the 11th Century Fraumunster church while cafe Later on, smart ladies and gentlemen who lunch come to top up their vitamin D, spreading out thick towels so as not to get splinters from the floor planks while catching up with the papers.

The terrace bar at La Reserve Eden au Lac Hotel is a lovely spot for sundowns, says The Mail on Sunday's Will Hide

The terrace bar at La Reserve Eden au Lac Hotel is a lovely spot for sundowns, says The Mail on Sunday’s Will Hide┬á

On a warm day I’d save Utoquai for the afternoon, so you can pop over the road afterwards to the Philippe Starck-redesigned La Reserve Eden au Lac Hotel (

Take the lift up to the top floor and head right to the terrace bar, where a Summer Fizz of vodka, lemon, basil and watermelon will set you back £17, or turn left to the terrace of La Muna, a Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant with dishes such as creamy spicy tuna tartare and dragon roll sushi (mains cost about £25).

A more egalitarian experience is to be found in the River Limmat itself where, at the Upper and Lower sections, youngsters congregate to plop into the water from the path, or, if they’re braver, to jump off bridges and float down on the swift currents.

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Head for heights: Enjoy panoramic views over Zurich from the top of the Uetliberg mountain

Head for heights: Enjoy panoramic views over Zurich from the top of the Uetliberg mountain 

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Bukele steps up El Salvador's bet on sliding bitcoin; buys another…

SAN SALVADOR, Dec 4 (Reuters) – El Salvador President Nayib Bukele said the Central American country had acquired an additional 150 bitcoins after the digital currency’s value slumped again, enlarging his bet on the cryptocurrency despite criticism.

Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, is down about 30% from the year’s high of $69,000 on Nov.10. Bukele said last week that El Salvador had acquired 100 additional coins to take advantage of the currency weakening.

Late on Friday, Bukele announced the government had stepped into the market again.

“El Salvador just bought the dip! 150 coins at an average USD price of ~$48,670,” Bukele wrote on Twitter.

Until Nov.26, El Salvador had 1,220 bitcoins.

In September El Salvador became the world’s first nation to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, a move that generated global media attention but also attracted criticism from the opposition and foreign financial institutions.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday that El Salvador jojobet should not use bitcoin as legal tender, considering risks related to the cryptocurrency.(Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

Czech voters oust communists from parliament for first time since 1948

By Michael Kahn and Robert Muller

PRAGUE, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Czech voters evicted the communists from parliament on Saturday for the first time since the end of World War Two, voting out a party whose forebears ruled the central European nation from 1948 until the Velvet Revolution of 1989 that ushered in democracy.

The communists jailed tens of thousands in forced labor camps in the 1950s and brutally repressed dissidents such as playwright-turned-president Vaclav Havel, but remained in parliament following the revolution.

In this week’s election website the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia took 3.62% of the votes with nearly all precincts reporting, less than the 5% needed to enter parliament and potentially marking a final chapter for a party that has gradually shrunk as its ageing membership dwindled.

“It pleases me, it pleases me a lot,” Jiri Gruntorad, 69, a former dissident who signed the dissident Charter 77 statement and was jailed for subversion from 1981 to 1985 by the communist authorities, told Reuters.”But it’s coming too late.”

“It was one of the last communist parties in the world apart from the Chinese and Cuban ones that held on to its name. The others have at least renamed themselves and started behaving a little differently.”

Voters also handed a defeat to Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ ANO party against centre-right opposition group Together in a surprise result.

After 1989, the communists sought to appeal to senior citizens and working class Czechs but they never resonated with younger voters and failed to shake the party’s history with others as a totalitarian rulers who had stifled freedom.

“I am very disappointed because it is a really big failure,” said Communist Party leader Vojtech Filip, who also resigned.

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Havel opposed banning the party — which resisted the country’s European Union and meritking NATO membership and kept warm ties with Russia and China — despite calls from the public to do so.

The communists lingered mostly in isolation after 1989, though they cooperated with other parties seeking votes to pass legislation in parliament.They were also close to current President Milos Zeman.

The party regained influence in 2018 when Babis — a former Communist Party member — leaned on them to support his minority government with the Social Democrats.

It was the closest the party came to power since 1989 but appears also to represent their final act as a political force in the former Soviet-bloc nation.

“I am overjoyed that this era is now over – not only for those of us still living, but also for those who have passed away and who were persecuted by the regime,” said Hana Palcova, 74, who left the country under threat from the secret police.

(Writing by Michael Kahn Additional reporting by Jan Lopatka Editing by Mike Harrison)

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