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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Adventure in Europe 2008 PART 15 (Switzerland-Bern)

Friday 12 September

Today we are going to explore the capital city of Switzerland, Bern. We caught the train from Spiez to Bern and we were met by Bill's distant cousins, who we hadn't met before. They had found Bill on the internet, so we arranged to meet them. Marianne, Stefan and Florian Böhlen. They have two older children who were not able to come. They were lovely people and took us on a tour of the city.


David and Ann decided on a more leisurely stroll through the city so off we marched. (photo by Carol)

Bern is famous for its covered walkways.


Can you see the walkways, sort of footpaths under the buildings. Its great for going shopping when its raining. Shopping in Bern is a paradise.


The Federal Parliament




The streets are decorated with flags. The Bern flag has a bear on it.


This is a famous clock, where the little guy at the top bangs the bell with a hammer on the hour and lower down a gizmo revolves. The pictures are dark due to the dull weather.


In the middle of the streets there are many, many fountains depicting legendary characters.


This is a gruesome one. It is the baby eater.





The emblem of Bern. Poor things have been housed in a pit for many years but at last the city is modernising their enclosure.


The cathedral.


The old town.



It was a hard day! Going home on the train.

6 comments:

  1. Lol that last picture is priceless.

    I meant to ask in my last comment about the bridge, that water looks pretty hectic, is it? And if so, were you not afraid of walking across the bridge with that raging water underneath?

    I love the clock, but not the baby eater so much.

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  2. Yep Dianne, the water flows very fast as it is the melting snow racing down the very high mountains, but its not scary. Mother ducks kick their babies in to learn how to swim, I reckon that would be scary.
    And thanks a million for the curry recipe. Bill got all excited to try something new. It was delicious but he used chicken instead of beef. I think it was your great pictures that motivated him.

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  3. I agree with Dianne, that last picture is priceless. LOL!:)

    The covered walkways are very interesting too! How cool to keep you out of the elements but remain outside. I wish America would copy that idea, as we have many outdoor malls.

    God Bless,
    Amy:)

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  4. I could look at the buildings all day long. All of them are so beautiful and all so different. I'll be waiting for the history of the boat.

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  5. So could you hear them snoring???

    That water is such a gorgeous colour - glacial colouring?

    I am just loving that photo of you all lined up against that screaming red background!

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  6. Hi Diane we had really a lovely day with you in Berne and the picture of us all together is a wonderful memory for this day! I know my english is not so good, but I hope you understand a little what I am writing...:-)

    all good wishes

    Marianne, Stefan and kids

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