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David on His Solo Day in Bern

Posted on February 3, 2007 by Holly Hayes
*December 23, 2006* *Post by David, spouse of the webmaster.* Fortunately there isn't much to tell about my afternoon alone in Bern. I say fortunately as one of my goals of the Swiss vacation was to have at least one day of taking it easy. This was just the opportunity I was looking for, although I didn't anticipate going it alone. Seeing Holly off at the train station was a little sad as we usually enjoy doing everything together...

Solo Day Trip to Lausanne and Geneva

Posted on January 22, 2007 by Holly Hayes
*December 23, 2006* On our last full day in Bern we were divided as to what we wanted to do. I wanted to take a day trip to Geneva, mainly for its famous Reformation sites. And there is also a cathedral to see along the way in Lausanne. David, on the other hand, was ready to take it easy and actually have some relaxation time during the vacation...

Churches in Fribourg and Roesti in Bern

Posted on January 19, 2007 by Holly Hayes
*December 22, 2006* *The Rough Guide to Switzerland* couldn't rave enough about Fribourg, a French-speaking city about 15 miles from Bern. The book said Fribourg is "one of Switzerland's best-kept secrets" with a "winningly attractive medieval Old Town" and steep cobbled streets that are "picturesque and characterful." And its university "generates a social dynamism that is tangible on the streets...

Bern

Posted on January 16, 2007 by Holly Hayes
*December 21, 2006* We had breakfast in our hotel every morning in Bern, which was absolutely fantastic. Fresh-squeezed orange juice came out of a nifty machine, there were scrambled eggs and sausages, and there were about seven different kinds of bread and three different kinds of croissants! I had a delicious wheat croissant every day and miss it very much...

Thun to Bern

Posted on January 14, 2007 by Holly Hayes
*December 20, 2006, continued* When I last left off, we had gone up to the Schilthorn in the morning and were now on the train between Spiez and Thun on the way to Bern. We arrived in Thun (train station pictured above) around 5-ish. Our stop in Thun was no more than an hour and there wasn't anything terribly exciting to see there, but it was nice to see another Swiss city besides the more famous ones...

A Stop at the Schlosskirche in Spiez

Posted on January 8, 2007 by Holly Hayes
*December 20, 2006, continued* We hadn't done too much walking on our day in Mürren and the Schilthorn and were feeling pretty energetic, so we decided to explore a couple more towns on our way to Bern. Our first stop was Spiez, a town of about 12,000 people along Lake Thun. The main reason for our stop here was a brief mention in our guidebook that it had a castle and a Romanesque church with old frescoes - my favorite! As a bonus, the two are right next to each other - the church is called the Castle Church (Schlosskirche)...

Up to the Schilthorn like 007

Posted on January 5, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Wednesday morning (December 20) in Murren began at a leisurely pace. We had some trouble dragging ourselves out of bed, but were rewarded with an immediate view of those gorgeous mountain peaks! It was a beautifully clear day, for which we were infinitely grateful. We had a continental breakfast in the pub-restaurant downstairs, which was simple but adequate and even included warm croissants...

Alpine Adventures

Posted on January 3, 2007 by Holly Hayes
*Day 3, December 19, 2006* Tuesday was mainly a travel day, with about four hours' worth of train riding across central Switzerland from Einsiedeln to our night in the mountains at Mürren. But that was no bummer, since Swiss trains are wonderful! And of course, we also got to see lots of pretty scenery from the window. We were almost always traveling alongside a lake, and they were all a lovely green-blue despite the gray weather...

A Night in Einsiedeln

Posted on January 2, 2007 by Holly Hayes
*Day 2-3, December 18-19, 2006* Einsiedeln is a small town about 45 minutes by train from Zürich. It's at a slightly higher altitude than Zürich and there was a bit of leftover snow on the ground when we arrived in the early evening. The town developed in the early Middle Ages around the Basilica of Our Lady of Einsiedeln, an important Catholic shrine that has a miracle-working statue of the Virgin Mary, and a chapel that is said to have been consecrated by Christ himself...

Zurich in the Daylight

Posted on December 29, 2006 by Holly Hayes
*Day 2, December 18, 2006* Breakfast was included at our Zürich hotel and it was really fun. They had not only the standard continental fare - croissants, bread, jam, cereal, coffee, juice - but also fresh eggs that you boiled yourself and fresh oranges to squeeze in a juicer yourself. We had a great time and it was delicious. After breakfast we packed up, checked out, and left our bags with the front desk so we could go out exploring for the day...

Switzerland Day 1: Heathrow to Basel to Zurich

Posted on December 27, 2006 by Holly Hayes
Our trip to Switzerland for the pre-holidays (Dec. 17-23) was wonderful and very festive. It was mighty cold - below freezing the entire time - but it never snowed. That was okay, though, as we had some blue-sky days in the cities and we still got to enjoy the snow during our day in the Alps. Airport Adventures Thanks to good old Heathrow Airport our trip didn't begin very smoothly, although it could have been much worse...