The Bear City

After our stay in Basel we went to via train for two nights. The weather continues to be blue skies and we enjoyed the very walkable old town.

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

On our first day we visited the Kunstmuseaum Bern for their important collection of European painting by
Duccio di Buoninsegna, Manet, Cezanne, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Van Gogh.

St. V’s Cathedral as viewed from the garden terrace

We enjoyed the Bundesterrasse- a wide promenade behind the parliament house with a funicular to bottom of Aare valley.

We stopped onto the Franzosische Kirche (French church) -built in 12th century. Toured the breathtaking Munster (Cathedral) of St. Vinzenz.

The French church had stained glass by Chagall

On the way we walked down
Marktgasse (market street) which runs west from the Zytglogge (clock tower) to the town gate, with lots of shopping and the Gerechtigkeitsgasse which had arcaded buildings with ornate facades along the road. I was impressed by how many blocks of covered walkways they had throughout the city in case of rain.

 

Store fronts like these, make a girl weak in the knees

After a brief break at the hotel, we headed out again for the Bernisches Historisches Museum. It was a 7 floor history museum with wide collection, tapestries, stone age,
Egypt, Roman, Celtic, Native Pacific Islanders, Native American artifacts, coins, medals, armor and a good Islamic collection.

A little bit of everything. Outside we saw out first left over snow from the week before and K snuggled up with Einstein.