|At the market|
Our Eurorail pass entitles us to eight days of transportation during our stay in Switzerland. I think DH is determined to use all eight days! We decided to take the train from Bern to Neuchatel, a town located on Lake Neuchatel in the French-speaking area of Switzerland. Once in Neuchatel, we walked through town and ran across another Saturday market. Every so often, there was a picnic table set up among the vendors and we saw many families eating market food along with a glass of wine or beer on this sunny day.
Drivers drive fast in this part of Switzerland -- the French area! Reminds me of how fast my BIL drives. Hmmm.... Also, as soon as we entered this area on the train route, the signs turned to French in rail stations and the announcements on the train were made in French first, followed by German. Up until now, the announcements have been in German first, then French, and English in the larger stations. It must be interesting to live in a country with four official languages - German, French, Italian, and Rumantsch.
|Approaching the castle|
As we were walking towards the cathedral next to the castle, a wedding party with a few hundred guests arrived and the church bells chimed. This is the third wedding that we've just happened across on our trip - a nice touch since this trip is partly to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. I hope all three couples enjoy a marriage at least as long as ours!
I was hungry when we got back to the Bern railway station so picked up a Movenpick ice cream cup - delicious! I've had ice cream on my mind for the whole trip but the weather hasn't been ice cream weather. I finally decided to have it anyway and just deal with the chill!
|I could live in a castle - couldn't you?|
Our nice waitress hails from Bangladesh. She told us that she has been here 8 years and hasn’t had fondue yet. She also commented that the Swiss eat then have salad then another drink then coffee, etc., etc., etc. In other words, very long meals!
Tomorrow, we're off to Lucerne -- our last city before the long trip home.