Bern Means Bear

All I know about Bern comes from my friend Randi. As we were considering the move and prior to our final departure she mentioned that one of her two cities she’d been to in Switzerland was Bern and she colorfully added both times she mentioned it, “Bern means bear”.

So today, as S (who is in town for house-hunting) and I walked around beautiful Bern, all I kept hearing was Randi’s voice saying “Bern means bear”. And I am pretty sure its stuck in S’s head as well based on how many times I repeated it to her.

But, nonetheless, the fact is true and this capital city of Switzerland was named for the bear. We were able to see a few walking through the city:

Bern was so beautiful – I loved the architecture and charm. For a 90 minute train ride, it was a nice treat and great way to spend the holiday (Ascension Day is a national holiday and all groceries & stores were closed all over Switzerland). Also, S was a great tour guide as she had been to Bern before and knew all the great things to check out. In fact, one of her favorite activities was the Bern River Float. However, with 40 degree temps, we decided to postpone this until a future trip.

Here are a few photos from today’s adventures:

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2 thoughts on “Bern Means Bear

  1. I remember this like is was yesterday! What a quaint city~so glad that you could see it. Have you had any Swiss chocolate yet? That is also a fond memory!  Miss you~

  2. Yes, Bern was so gorgeous!  It was an awesome pick by S for a daytrip. Although my feet felt like they might fall off after all the walking exploring the beauty.  Of course we have had Swiss chocolate. We eat it every single night after dinner. I figure with all the walking we do its fine….the Swiss eat something like 100 pounds of chocolate a year and are slim so hopefully it applies to expats too!??

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