Last week I had a quick day trip to Bern with my Aussie pal, Sue who studied there so she knows her way around and all the cool Uni haunts. We wandered around town, over a bridge spanning the river Aare
and up the hill to a beautiful rose garden.
with this stunning view over the city
Bern is the capital of Switzerland and it’s a lovely city. It feels more like a big town than a city. Zurich has a lot more bustle and business feel, Geneva hums as a working international hub, where Bern just does its own thing at its own pace. Bernese are teased for walking slowly. They’re taking their time. And this is where Einstein apparently came up with the theory of relativity, while living and studying in Bern.
We ducked into this underground restaurant/bar just for a peek. Stunning, isn’t it?
To add to linguistic confusion, not just Swiss German is spoken here, but a dialect called Bernese. “Merci” serves as thank you, rather than “Danke” as I was taught in German Z back in high school. I’m always too shy to bust out the ancient German in my head as it sounds nothing like what is spoken (with High German – which is what is taught at school & a bit more formal) is quite different to Swiss German (which is the spoken dialect). Also, I’m trying so hard to keep french at the front of my cortex, I don’t want any other languages creeping into my consciousness!
No visit to a Swiss town is complete without a chocolate shop pilgrimage. This time to Läderach. They’re quite a new player on the scene, being less than 10 years old, which compared to the old players like Lindt (founded 1845 initially as a pastry shop) or Nestle milk chocolate (1875), Villars (1901) etc, you get the picture.
Läderach specialises in great big heaving slabs of chocolate. Bring it on!
Look at these sweet chestnut truffles.
It’s coming up to chestnut season.
And this statue is the Kindlifresserbrunnen, a warning to children to behave otherwise they’ll be eaten by the giant.
Or it could also be seen as a representation of what I looked like when I gobbled up this Läderach slab selection.
(Insert Cookie monster sound effect here)