Monday, August 25, 2014

In love with SWITZERLAND

After two and half years I am back again in this gorgeous country!
Having lived here for two summers and having paid various short visits to different regions, it is now time to explore the capital BERN and nearby BASEL on the border to France and Germany.
The actual reason for my visit is equally beautiful> my friend Yachuan is getting married to Christoph in quaint little Spiez at the shore of Lake Thun. Weather is great, food delicious, people amazingly friendly and the landscape, well ... no words for that!

Bern - the capital of Switzerland

One thing I definitely have to come back for is the famous "AareSchwumm" where people jump into the refreshing water and let the current take them down the river... 

Zytglogge - Bern's landmark :)

This weekend is a little festival going on where all the different trades show what they are specialised in. 

One of the many highlights at my trip: my host Sascha takes me to his bee house and I can help him feeding the animals!

Self-made sugarwater with flower blossoms ... yummy!

On my way back into the city I cycle through a little forest, along a small river and past beautiful old houses with lovely gardens and lotsa green area around ... who would think we are just minutes away from the capital?! 

Traditional Swiss Dinner - of course Roesti with loads of Cheese and popular Rivella as a drink :) 

On Saturday we celebrate the marriage of Yachuan and Christoph. They had a professional photographer with his assistant flown in and so I will happily take the opportunity to post his photos here once I have them :)

We hear about and indeed see similarities and differences between Switzerland and Taiwan and how they both overcome them with good humour ;))

Welcome to EMMENTAL - yes, this is the region were this famous, delicious cheese is from!

Cheese making ... back in the days and nowadays... 

BASEL präsentiert sich uns heute von seiner schönen Seite.
Vom Muenster aus haben wir einen grossartigen Blick über die ganze Stadt.

Der Rhein fliesst durch Basel und die Leute haben sich Kreatives einfallen lassen, um ihn zu überqueren :)
Ein Seil wird ein ein paar Meter Höhe über den Rhein gespannt. Ein Boot wird an diesem Seil festgemacht. Mit dem Bug flussabwärts bewegt es sich dennoch seitlich auf die andere Uferhälfte zu weil ja am Seil festgemacht ... mitzufahren ist spannend, kann ich nur empfehlen :)

das Rathaus von Basel

SPIELZEUGWELTEN MUSEUM BASEL ... Kindheitstraeume werden wahr ;))

In jedem von uns steckt doch ein Kind :)

Sisch huera guat xi ... was fuer grossartige Tage in der Schweiz - ich freu mich jetzt schon auf ein Wiedersehen! 
Vielen Dank fuer eure Gastfreundschaft und bis bald...irgendwo, irgendwann...

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