- Category: family
- Published: Sunday, 27 January 2019 22:33
- Written by Thomas Schmid
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Emilie Schmid-Tröndle was born in 1919, on Tuesday, February 11.
During the epidemic Spanish flu at the end of the World War I, Emilie's pregnant mother Marie Tröndle-Sauter suffered from the infection too. Marie was picked up at the family home on Dufourstrasse, driven to the hospital in a motor(!) ambulance to give birth. That's as Trudi Widmer-Tröndle, who was six years old at the time, told it.
One hundred years later we want to celebrate our mother in her old residential district Riesbach, in Seefeld. She liked the lake as a young girl, back then in the old wooden bath Tiefenbrunnen. Though her older siblings tended to just leave her alone to learn swimming by herself, she found a longstanding love for the lake. In the summer 2018, at the age of 99, she visited the Badi Utoquai perhaps 20 times, went down the stairs to the water with great pride once, twice, three times a visit; into the lake, swimming fifteen feet out and returning on her back to the stairs.
When we inquired at the office for sports facilities of the city council, the staff was very positive: a party in Bad Utoquai should be possible.
So we have a heated tent set up in the public swimming baths Utoquai sunbath area, towards the lady's section, to the right.
The seaside resort Utoquai is located to the east of the lake, not far from Bellevue.
By public transport and by foot Utoquai can be reached easily; it is a five-minute walk from tram stop Kreuzstrasse. From Stadelhofen SBB train station, you reach Utoquai in ten minutes.
Cars must not be parked in front of the public bath. Car parking is available at Seefeldquai (200 m further out from the city) or in the region of Dufourstrasse. Inhouse parking opposite, on Färberstrasse, is closed on Sundays.