Yes, all those lovely views from clean and comfy trains are all very well but by far the best thing about Switzerland, for me, is meeting up with friends and sitting in a cosy home or hotel lounge or tea shop or cafe and just chatting about in myriad of topics (not excluding Miladysboudoir!). In Bern with B the chatter is comfortably (for me, anyway) in English. I know she loves to keep her hand in! But in Central Switzerland it’s in German: mine rather rusty from school days and Susanne’s in Hoch Deutsch for my benefit. But we manage all the same kind of topics, nevertheless.
On this visit I had the good luck to visit several beautiful places and sip tea at mountain top hotels and cosy cafes as well as the comfy and relaxed sitting rooms and kitchens in my friends’ homes.
Barbara’s kitchen overlooks the Bern’s River Aare
Adelboden from Tea-Room Schmid
Adelboden from Our Chalet Dining Room
Bern’s Munster (Cathedral) from the Schwellenmätteli Restaurant in the River Aare
Snowy afternoon at the Villa Honegg, Bürgenstock
Snowy outlook from the sitting room at Wolfenschiessen (on a clear day you can see the Titlis Mountain above Engelberg)
Lake Lucerne from the Osterwald Bar at The Art Deco Hotel Montana
The city of Lucerne from the A D H Montana terrace
It was really nice to see you here in Switzerland. Talking and looking out of several windows (kitchen, restaurant, trains and even museum…we still have heaps of snow. Look forward to seeing you in U.K. !
Well, it was very nice to be there, Barbara and thank you so much for having me over those few days. Yes, can’t wait to see you again over here soon.
Now what do I remember of Lucerne, last visited when I was 9? Lovely shoe shops, the Richard Wagner Museum, the Chapel bridge, may flies in April, choughs with red beaks and much more, including my first encounter with duvets & bidets!
The RW Museum is on my list but was closed last week. I’m ashamed to admit that I wouldn’t know one bird from another even if it pecked me on the nose. Interested in shoes even at 9 years old, Nilly? I’m impressed. Of course, there would have been an exchange rate to die for in those days!!!
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