Thun, Bern, Avenches, Geneva, Nice (3/5)
We woke up in Interlaken and after a fantastic traditional swiss breakfast of charcuterie, swiss yogurt, bread, cheese, and hot chocolate, we headed out in the Volkswagon Up!.
We drove along the north shore of Lake Thun towards the city of Thun. When I drove this road 10 years ago in the spring I thought it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. It was a lot colder this time, which made for a much more steely atmosphere, but still with some breathtaking views.
We then made our way to Bern where we stopped to explore and get some lunch. The allstadt (old town) in Bern really is something else. It is largely medieval and really has a unique look with it's cobblestone roads and 6 km of of covered shopping promenades. Bern is also home to the national parliament and is the political capital of Switzerland. Bern's most famous landmark is the Zytglogge, a big medieval clock tower with moving puppets. There's lots more to Bern, but unfortunately we were only able to spend a few hours walking around downtown. We did get some delicious bratwurst on the street though.
We moved on, making our way westward towards Geneva. We stopped in the little town of Avenches, which was once an important Roman city. The amphitheatre was once the site of gladiator combats, with a capacity of about 16,000 seats.
It was cold there too.
Then we drove to Geneva. I took a break from my big camera as we walked around Geneva, so I only have a few iPhone shots.
We had the most amazing dessert of our lives in a chocolate shop/cafe.
We then drove the rental car to the Geneva airport, and flew to Nice, France, where it was raining. A bus ride in the rain and the smallest elevator ride in history, and we were in our little hotel room a block from the beach on the French Riviera--in the rain of course. We had paella at a small resaurant (which was not good), and took a walk on the beach and around town in the rain. We got soaked, but had fun. Someday we'll enjoy Nice in the summertime.
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