Bern was my favorite city we visited in Switzerland. If we had more time we would have visited Murten as well which is supposed to be the best preserved medieval town in Switzwerland. The capital city of Bern took us back in time. We enjoyed walking along the cobblestone streets people watching, window shopping and appreciating the architecture. We joined a group of spectators watching two gentlemen play a life size game of chess in front of the capitol building. Not far from the capitol building we saw my favorite of many colorful fountains. This one depicts and Ogre actually eating children! We had lunch nearby. The food as usual was unremarkable but I loved the clever posters hanging in the resteraunt showing cows doing yoga. Maybe that explains why the dairy is sooo delicious in Switzerland. We went on to visit the awe inspiring Bern Cathedral.
We then took a bus up to the Paul Klee Center. The bus went through a beautiful residential neighborhood. The museum is an amazing piece of architecture in itself with undulating curves like waves coming out of the ground and the mountains in the background. On the way back from the Paul Klee Center we were sitting on the bus and the gentleman accross from us starting laughing . He took out his camera and took a photo of a woman facing us and said "just legs" and continued chuckling. I was curious about what he was seeing from his seat so I went to check it out. There was a view of the woman sitting facing us with just her legs sticking out from under an oblong shape. It was very amussing. I took what may bemy favorite photo of the whole trip. The man on the bus was from Sweeden and was very friendly - I loved his comment when he took the photo - he said "ha, ha, just legs.. a Man Ray photo" I am not sure I see the similarity but you can judge for yourself at www.manraytrust.com/ On the way back to the train we stopped to see Bear Park. The symbol of Bern is the Bear but Bear Park is not much to speak of. I would not recommend it although the Japanese tourists seemed to enjoy it. You would expect bears to exist as part of the wildlife in a mountainous country like Switzerland but they have been hunted into extinction and are just now staring to make a comeback.
As we walked back to the train station we stopped in front of a wedding dress shop where Claire found her wedding dress. Don't get me wrong - she has no plans to get married as far as I know but it is always good to have your dress picked out well in advance! It is the blue one in the photo. After a long day we went back to Zurich and had asian food with Serena who works way too much!!