tger greenhaddock: Luxembourg of the south

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Luxembourg of the south

We spent the last weekend in Switzerland visiting friends in Bern. They have recently moved to Bern from Marburg and seemed to have settled in very well. We had a wonderful time with them and we were very impressed with the city of Bern. You could definitely see that the Swiss were not involved in the world wars as there was an impressive amount of old buildings. I particularly like the river Aar that flows through as the city. It flows quite fast and is green in colour. I was surprised to see people swimming in it – or rather getting carried along by the current. Drownings are not unknown. Due to its geography, Bern reminded both Mrs H and I of Luxembourg.

We also visited the little zoo, which the Juniorette rather liked, the Bärengruben, which housed a couple of sorry looking bears, and the Rosengarten which over looks the city. Here we managed to find 2 types of rose that we have in our garden at home. The dialect of the Bernese I found interesting and very hard to understand. It was a bit like what the Wurzels would sound like if they tried to speak German.

The weather was very good for our stay and that meant we were able to see the Alps from Bern which really impressed the Juniorette. She has a thing about mountains. I think perhaps she may have watched too many episodes of Heidi on kids TV.

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Blogger Maribeth said...

Lovely place, isn't it?

September 06, 2007 2:21 PM  
Anonymous lillian said...

Oh yes.. I loved there once.. sigh... It really IS beautiful !!

September 06, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger swenglishexpat said...

In most German towns some unattractive modern buildings normally indicate where the bombs fell, as in some places in the UK. Some countries had to be left out of the war of course so the spies had somewhere safe to operate and one country for everybody to keep their spare gold ;-) Sounds like you had a lovely trip to the country most people get mixed up with Sweden!

September 06, 2007 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Red Baron said...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah bloody Basedütsch, my Mother speaks it fluently having lived there, awful bloody dialect, it's like Hochdeutsch through a nasal filter. I remember on 3Sat they used to have subtitles for the Germans and Austrians when the Swiss were speaking German!

September 06, 2007 6:51 PM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I love Bern! It's a beautiful little city. I only pity the bears there, although it used to be worse. Hard to believe, huh?

September 08, 2007 11:28 AM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

How could I have missed this post! You went to Switzerland and didn't even tell me...

I'm glad you loved and yes it is a fun place to visit.

October 01, 2007 3:51 AM  

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