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  • Day1

    Day 1: Bern

    July 9, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    So after a smooth journey to Bern, we drop off in the city centre of Switzerland's capital. I am quite impressed by the bikes and people respecting the pedestrian's traffic lights (Amélia doesn't look that overwhelmed). Another thing that impresses us is that a shower here can be up to 12 €!

    We follow the main street until the bridge, not without admiring the views from the park behind the Swiss Parliament. We see a poor bear locked in an urban zoo (as hipsters we dislike that).

    Afterwards we climb a little hill with incredible views of the whole city, which seems full of vegetation and just beautiful. We go back to the train station, checking out the Münster (cathedral) on our way there.
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  • Day4

    Day 4: Bern

    January 16 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    Bern, Switzerland’s capital city is beautiful. Medieval architecture, friendly people, chocolate, chocolate and more amazing chocolate! We have had an amazing day walking and exploring the city. Bern is a Swiss German city. Hopefully tomorrow we will enjoy Chris’s favourite - schnitzel 😋Read more

  • Day20

    Oct 9 - Bern

    October 9, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    We then headed towards Bern, working our way down through more little villages. The landscape gradually changed and became flatter. Cows don’t need two different lengths of legs here to be able to graze. As we drove, William gave us short synopses on Switzerland’s educational system, its economic status and its political system. Switzerland developed the International Baccalaureate high school graduation program that is recognized world-wide. And of course, Switzerland is renowned for its banking system and its secret bank accounts. Don’t think I have any accounts here…..

    Tonight we are staying in Bern which is the capital of Switzerland. Geneva was deemed to be too French and Zurich was deemed to be too German, so Bern was chosen as a compromise capital city. This is very similar to what happened in Australia where Melbourne and Sydney were both rejected in favour of the purpose-built capital city of Canberra. In 1983, the historic old town in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bern has a population of about 140,000. Many of the residents work in federal government type jobs. We drove into the city down embassy row - we waved at the Canadian Embassy.

    Before we got to the hotel, we made one stop - at a bear pit which houses several huge brown bears. “Why??”, you ask? Bern was founded by a nobleman who founded the city and who vowed to name it after the first animal that he encountered on the hunt, which turned out to be a bear. The bear became the heraldic symbol of the city in the 1200s and bears have been kept since the 1400s.

    The hotel we are staying at in Bern is the Hotel Bellevue which is the official guesthouse of the Swiss government. It is located right beside the Swiss Parliament Buildings. Its got a magnificent lounge with a spectacular ceiling (there are a lot of those in Europe) and superb views of the Bernese Alps – always a ‘belle vue’. It’s full of brocade drapes, velvet-covered chairs, polished bronze railings and elegant floral arrangements.

    Our room (alas for just one glorious night) is a suite - with a lovely desk with built-in USB ports, a sofa and an easy chair, a king sized bed (not just two single beds butted up to one another), a separate toilet room, double sinks in the bath/shower room, and a fabulous view of the city and the Aare River. Scenic is spoiling us very badly.

    William took us out for a 45-minute walking tour. We saw the parliament buildings, the Swiss National Bank, the 15th-century astronomical clock, several of the city’s fountains, the house where Einstein lived, the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (Catholic Church), the Münster of Bern (Swiss Reformed Church) and the City Hall. The rain was kicking up again, so William released us to our own devices for dinner.

    We found the local grocery store and picked up salads, pineapple, honey yogurt, milk and chocolate digestive biscuits. One of the reasons we search out grocery stores is that restaurant meals are incredibly expensive in Switzerland. We considered having spaghetti at a little place - each plate would have been $30. Not happening. While we dined Chez Hotel Suite - pretty posh settings for an indoor picnic - we watched a British TV game show that we have endured before just because it’s in English. The housekeeping staff had been in while we were out to turn down the giant bed and to lay little mats on the floor on each side with a pair of slippers for each of us. We have to be on the bus at 9:00 a.m., so there’s not going to be much time for lounging around wearing our Bern slippers.

    Tomorrow we are off to Luzern (Lucerne) and from there to our final Swiss destination of Zurich.
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  • Day4

    Bern

    December 24, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Mulled Cider in Bern. She happ

  • Day21

    Calgary/Heimweg

    July 25, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    E letschdi Nacht und de der Camper usruhme.... es herrlichs Packchaos fiumriiif😂 denn ab i Flüger und Richtig Heimat 🇨🇭
    Mit 1000ig Idrück ganz viu Gschichte und viu Dankbarkeit gsund und munter in Bärn achoRead more

  • Day174

    Bern

    February 24, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Beautiful train trip from Lausanne to Bern, and only one hour 26 minutes. The country side and mountains were beautiful. Got into Bern and spent 3 hours roaming around. Very homogeneous here with all the buildings the same colour of communist green. Very weird. Only spending one night here and then heading to Lucerne. Saw five guys swimming in the river today, holy wow, because I was cold in my down jacket. I had to take a picture of them. Super expensive in this city and so glad I groceries yesterday. Very clean but very tourist driven. They have these shops and restaurants that are in cellars underground. What happens when it rains? Where does the water go? Also noticed that there is no wheelchair access to many sites or cathedrals. When I was here 30 years ago they had the Bern bears in a hole in the ground. The girl at reception said they are still here in hibernation but their hole is bigger.Read more

  • Day5

    Zytglogge

    July 19, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Ancient clock tower in Bern from the 1400's. Musical with the cockeral crowing, Kronos (father time) rotating his hour glass before tapping his sceptre to the hours, and the bear nodding his head. Up on the top of the tower, a figure stricks the hours on the bell.Read more

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