The Berner Münster Weihnachtsmarkt

On Sunday we walked into the city as far as the Münster (Cathedral) to the beautiful Christmas Craft Market. I had my first taste of Glühwein and admired all the beautiful handiwork and stalls.

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From the market we wandered down Junkerngasse popping into shops which would never normally be open on Sunday but are allowed to do so just before Christmas. We took the Nydeggtreppe down to the river bank and walked along that route back home. Our other friend Barbara joined us for tea in the afternoon and we ended the evening with a raclette supper.

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The Week Before Christmas In Switzerland

Yes, here I am again. Just arrived at Geneva Airport at 11.30 and whizzed through on the train to Bern to be met by Barbara at the Main Station. After a welcome cup of tea we walked by the River Aare until it was dark then made our way over to the Länggasse area where Simon, Paul and Barbara’s son, and his wife and baby just moved into their lovely new flat earlier in the day. We cooked dinner and shared a glass of champagne to welcome the baby and them into their new home.

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Home again, again

Yesterday my visit to Switzerland came to an end and it was time to return home. I had such a busy social time I didn’t take many pictures – especially on the iPad which was the only way to upload each day. So yesterday’s photo is very boring.

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Zurich Main Station from the Upper Level of the Train

My journey began in the early afternoon. I left Tillierstrasse and took the bus to the station in Bern. You MUST buy a ticket before you board the train in Switzerland these days but there are plenty of ticket machines at the station. With my heavy case I chose a train direct from Bern to Zurich Airport. Paul had given me a voucher for use in the Dining Car so I was happy to travel in style and eat a Riz Casimir and Sweet Chai tea. It would have cost an English arm-and-a-leg but hey, with the voucher my contribution, plus unnecessary tip (a few euro cent coins), was minimal.

From the Airport Railway Station to Checkin and Bag Drop is just a few steps. Soon unencumbered by a suitcase I was able to move around the beautiful shopping and eating area airside. It was time for my dessert when I saw the ice cream in the Lindt shop – I chose delicious hazelnut flavour with an extra spoonful of the chopped nuts.

The flight to London is just one hour twenty minutes but on arrival at Terminal 5 I discovered my flight to Leeds was delayed by half an hour. Just time for a cup of tea at EAT. And I didn’t even raise an eyebrow at the price of teabag in hot water in a cardboard cup … after all I had just spent a few days in eye-wateringly expensive Switzerland.

I still haven’t been put off though – I’m sure I will go back!

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Barbara’s cat Herr Mauchli

Barry and the Rock Laboratory

This morning I visited the Bernese Natural History Museum to see the special exhibition about Barry : the legendary St Bernard dog. And there was lots more besides. I’ll write more in Miladysboudoir in a day or two when I get home.

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Then we took the bus to town and after a few bits of shopping we headed off to St Ursanne in the Western Jura region of Switzerland very close to the French border. There we met up with Paul at his place of work – Mont Terri Rock Laboratory.

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Barbara and Paul are doing up an old house in the village, right by the River Doubs. So we went to see how the renovations are coming along.
Then they took me to a very very old farmhouse restaurant for wine and cheese before we returned to Bern.

Free Day in Bern

Everyone’s at work today so I have had a free day. Took a walk to the city centre crossing the Kirchenfeld Bridge.

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View from the Bridge

This evening I’m making curry. Most of the ingredients I brought from home but I bought the fresh meat today from Migros.