Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Bern..

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Bern, the Capitol of Switzerland, was founded in 1191. A roaring bear is the local mascot. It has a beautiful river, the Aare, and lovely, covered arcades for window shopping and strolling even in the rain. A fire swept through in 1405 and after that wooden buildings were banned. The facades are somewhat monochromatic, except for spots of color in the beautiful window boxes and there are polychromatic fountains in the middle of the streets. The train station is a transportation hub so besides two full days of enjoying the city, we had many days where we had layovers and picked up coffee or excellent lunches. There is no bad food in Swiss train stations.
The train station is also a mall…

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(I included these two photos to see if a couple of my friends read my blog…I was thinking of you Thalia and Gail!)
There were buskers and chocolatiers…

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Bears were everywhere…on sewer lids…

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On street sweeper trash cans…

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In parks…

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And real life breathing bears (although we could not see them) who get to fish in their own pond next to the river…

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The sandstone buildings and the prison tower…

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The first fountain we came to was the bagpiper…

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The Dutch Tower…and then back to the other side of the Prison Tower for the Anna Seiler Fountain (she founded the first hospital in Bern).

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The market…

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Sometimes the fountains went to the birds…

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Chess…

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Parliament Square and the Parliament Building…the fountain has 26 squirts (one for each canton)…

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