Monday, June 19, 2006

Ted On Tour 4

this is the last one. the high point of ted's tour.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ted On Tour 2

Ted's pics form part of a set of photos that I took as part of my job (on lunchbreak...). Ted's pics were for his owner, a geography class at a school in the south of England, who follow his adventures round the world and get to see some interesting places he visits.

The very British teddy bear has a distinguished travel history, having been seen in Spain, New Zealand, South America and more!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Bundesplatz / Place de la Federation

270° panorama yesterday afternoon. Looks best blown up big (click on the picture).

The wet patch in the middle is not due to rain, it's because I took the photo while the fountain display, where jets shoot from nozzles in the stone (which is made of alpine gneis rock), was on one of its intermittent breaks.

Take a look at this post to see the fountain (almost) in action!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Chillin' on the Münsterplatform

coffees and beers, with a view to the Gurten Hill

many happy kids playing in the park


Saturday, June 03, 2006

Saturday shoppers on Marktgasse

The busier end of Bern's main street this afernoon.

The main street changes names three times as it runs through the town centre: Marktgasse - Kramgasse - Gerechtigkeitsgasse = Market Street - Kram (?) Street - Justice Street.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Friday on Kramgasse

A typical Friday afternoon at the quieter end of Bern's main thoroughfare.

At some point in history someone famous (perhaps Goethe?) called this street the most beautiful in the world. Well, at that time the world was a much smaller place than it is today, but there's no denying that there's nowhere else quite like it, and it is very cool in its own medieval way. Walking under the arches is almost like being in a time machine. A very unique and atmospheric street.

Here's a favourite photo of the same stretch on a very cold and quiet day.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Who pulled the plug?

This is one of my favourite fountains in Berne. There are many others, and you can drink from all of them, the water is very clean. Most town fountains have columns in the middle of their basins, with statues atop the columns. There is a string of them in a relatively straight line connected by an age-old underground stream running down the middle of the main street through the town (can be seen here covered by a grille). This particular spouter is by the university library in the town centre, at the head Münstergasse. I've got this photo of it full, very classy.