Monday, March 27, 2006

Münsterpark panorama

We had temperatures of over 20°C this weekend!

When the weather permits, Bern loves to get out the house and stroll through the Old Town.

The Münsterpark is a platform overlooking the river and the lower Old Town and is a good place to break a walk. There are benches, play areas for kids, a café on the far right and the crowd is always eclectic - families, rockers, hiphop g-stylers, students, business people and elderly folk all mix, creating a very relaxed atmosphere. If you're in Bern and need to chill out in summer, this is one of the best places to do it.

I shot some views over the edge of the Münsterplatform last autumn. This and this are also related.

Have a good week!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Rathausgasse wall painting

Following yesterday's decorated vehicle, I'd like to pick up on another theme my friends at other City Blogs have been posting - here's a nice wall mural for you. It's on Rathausgasse (Town Hall Street), and portrays soldiers dancing with ladies at a party.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

The greatest Swiss bus ever

Spotted in Bern!

The license plate shows FR - it's from the Canton of Fribourg, the Canton of Berne's easterly neighbour.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Spring checks in

Sunday was officially the first day of spring 2006. I can only say that I'm glad to see the back of the that cold and dreechit winter am am looking forward to the explosion of life over the next few weeks!

I've been experiencing some problems with Blogger this week, it wouldn't let me upload photos... Anyone else?

Saturday, March 18, 2006

The end of winter

Winter's last gasp at Schwarzsee near Bern. By next week the ice on the lake will have melted.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Open-air chess match

Two players battle it out on the town's main square yesterday lunchtime

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Fiesta La Candela

There are lots of Latinos in Bern so there's lots of latin music :)

At the weekend we went to the Fiesta La Candela, an awesome latin party

Monday, March 13, 2006

Swiss parliament

Today was another beautiful winter day in Bern. However, spring is just around the corner...

Der Käfigturm

The base of this tower can be seen below in the previous post.

The Käfigturm, or prison tower (lit.=cage tower) was the town prison in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Other Bernese towers: The main gate of the original city walls was the Zeitglockentürm (here and here). The main gate of the second city expansion was the Christofelturm, which is no longer standing, though its foundations can be seen in the underground thoroughfare of Bern railway station.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Lunchtime bustle on a snowy day

Today is a beautiful day, the first blue skies for a week. It has snowed heavily the last few days but as you can see, today the warmth of the sun has been melting it away... The town is busy as those who have stayed at home during the snowstorms stock up on supplies from the shops.