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VISIT TO BERN, SWITZERLAND IN PICS: APRIL, 2019

My first cousin, once removed (the son of my first cousin) is on sabbatical in Europe with his family. We hadn't seen each other for 25 years or so, give or take a decade. After a bit of back and forth, we chose Bern as the most convenient place to catch up. We weren't able to spend much time together but it was quality time and I got the skinny on all of the family members that I had lost touch with over the years.

Bern was worth the visit, too. The Old Town is typical European with the appropriate local twists - a pedestrian-friendly space with interesting architecture, plenty of shopping and restaurant choices, and since it's Bern, fountains and bears. Pics with commentary follow:

Beautiful animated clock tower in the middle of Old Town. Draws crowds every hour.
Bells ring and figures move.


I'm not certain what all of these dials represent. Perhaps predicting the next President?

Bell ringer at the top...
My first cousin, twice removed. I caught him in one of his three quiet moments.
Fountains are a thing in Bern...



Fountains and iron work...



Fountains and iron work and architecture...

Fountains and iron work and architecture and statues...



A real Alpine feel...


And the Bern bears. Their environment has been upgraded but they are still animals on display.

Moses in front of the Protestant cathedral.



We find markets where ever we go.
And we find food where ever we go, too.







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