Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Swiss cheese!

Gertrud and I have just finishing a ten-day stay in Switzerland while I worked in both Bern and Geneva. I wrote a post on Geneva during a May 2009 visit so won't say much about the UN city in this one.

What we will probably remember most about this visit is how much Swiss food we ate.  I just recounted my meals and I had fondue 5 times, raclette twice, rösti twice and birchermüsili for breakfast 4 times, probably resulting in a gain of at least 5 pounds.  If you are wondering what the Swiss eat, here is a link on their cuisine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_cuisine.

Gertrud eating fondue in Switzerland
Although we have been in Bern previously we have had more time to explore the city on this visit.  Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage City famous for the beautiful pedestrian arcades in its old town, for its location on a high plateau overlooking the Aare River, for its status as the Swiss capital, and for its city mascots, the Bern bears, which regularly entertain locals and tourists.  On our last visit, the bears were living in a large pit near the city center.  However they now live in a beautiful park along the Aare River which is a more natural habitat for them and where the public can more easily observe their activities. The following link provides just one example of how the bears entertain the public. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9Bj_W16kEw

With easy access to beautiful mountains and lakes and to surrounding countries, Bern often appears on lists of "the most desirable places to live."  But like almost every other city, Bern is now affected by urban crime, with warning signs about pick pockets posted around the central train station. The following links contain information and pictures of Bern.


Geneva with its close proximity to France is also well located for travel. This past Sunday we decided to take a public bus to the nearby French city of Annecy which we were told was a "must see." We greatly enjoyed the city and were charmed by its medieval streets and walls and by its incredible alpine views.  Annecy is in the Haut Savoie region of France.  For further information, here is a wiki link on annecy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annecy

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