Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bern: Days 1 & 2

Our guide book told us that Bern was the most immediately charming of all the Swiss cities. Charming is a great word for it. For those of you who don't know, Bern is the capital of Switzerland. It actually doesn't feel like the capital of a country at all though. It's a very small, quaint, beautiful town. We love it here.

The first full day we had here, we walked through the city in its entirety. We got a map with a little trail on it that it suggested we take, so we did that. The streets are all adorable and almost every apartment building has a cute little flower box in every window. On our stroll through the city, we saw a few beautiful churches:

A plaza with fountains:

Two old men playing a game of chess (we caught the end and when one guy one, they just left in separate directions without saying anything. Kind of funny):

Einstein's home (where he began work on the theory of relativity):

the bear pits:

and some incredible views like this one:

Also, an X6. I totally want one:

After our tour of the city, we came back to the hotel for dinner where Greg ordered schnitzel with noodles. I think I've had the song stuck in my head ever since.

Today, we went to the temple. Amazingly enough, we didn't have any trouble finding it and the temple workers there were so sweet! We heard about 4 languages being spoken: French, German, Italian, and English. The session was in Italian, but they gave us head seats, so we could understand everything. I also brought along our family names. It was really cool because we were doing work for people from Switzerland while in Switzerland. Definitely a great experience and a beautiful temple.

After the temple, we grabbed a quick lunch and then headed back to the hotel for a short nap. Then, we went to the river to dip our feet in and read our books. It was lovely.

Our feet are getting awesome tan lines. It's pretty sweet.

Bern is beautiful. We love it here. 

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