Today we packed up, had the worst breakfast of our trip (Travellers tip: Dont stay at the Goldener Schüssel if ever in Bern) and then went out for one last look around Bern. Had some nice coffees though (if a little expensive – good preparation for coming home to Perth)
Then we caught a train to Zürich Airport. We got told off by a man because we were talking on the “Quiet Carriage”. We were being quiet though, but we weren’t sure if by Quiet they meant Quiet or if they meant Silent.
We had Nordsee for dinner at Zürich airport. It was expensive and not really very good.
Then we caught a plane to Dubai.
Today we mostly packed. Trying to fit everything in to our suitcases was fun, but we managed to do it eventually.
We went out for a bit of an explore of the Botanical Gardens and surrounds. Lots of spectacular views. We even saw a guy swimming in the river – we carried downstream by the river anyway.
Steve was still really sick today. In fact, he spent the whole day in bed. The weather was still rubbish also, so Blainie decided to head off to a suburban shopping centre. Shopping centre’s are pretty similar the world over, and this one was no exception. The only difference was, most of the customers here looked like fashion models. Although,there was the odd Swiss bogan also.
Looked around, bought some stuff, had coffee and chocolate mousse at Migros restaurant. Then headed back to the city. That was pretty much it.
Well the weather today was continuing with its rubbish-ness. Rain, cold and just generally shite. On top of that, Steve is sick with some sort of cold/flu. We had planned to take a day trip to Interlaken or some such place, but in these trying conditions we gave up on that dream. Just had a bit of a wander about town. With lunch in the Migros restaurant – which was reminiscent of the upstairs cafeteria that at the old Coles in the Perth CBD.
Steve went back to the apartment for a sleep. Blainie went to visit the bears again. They were sleeping today.
We arrived in Bern today and couldn’t believe our luck to see the sun was actually shining and it was quite warm. We took the opportunity to have a look around town. We saw the bears in their new enclosure. The crazy fast flowing river that people swim in. And other general sights. It really is a very pretty city. After about two hours, the weather gods decided that that was enough sun for now, and the rain set in again.
Today starts with a morning trip to the farmer’s markets, which are very good with lots of delicious foods. We wanted to buy it all, but practicalities meant we bought none.
Then a lovely lunch of Austrian veggie soup and Kaiserschmarn (kinda pancakes – look it up if you need to) with plum jam/sauce prepared by Irmgard. Absolutely delicious.
In the evening, we went up into the mountains to an incredible little place known as a ‘Buschenschank’. This is basically a wine bar with only wine from it’s own vineyard. Those unfamiliar with the term should do some research. Here is the wine:
The food! Ohhhh man the food! This was the most amazing food we have had the whole trip. It is going to be very hard to beat. Only cold meats and cheeses served at a true Buschenschank. We wanted to finish our meals, but we just couldn’t. Our little stomachs are yet to be fully converted to the Styrian way of life. Give us a bit more time. We are working on it.
Then a lot more of the wine was consumed. Things get a little bit hazy after this point. A very good day had by all.
Today we got up and enjoyed our new regime of meats and cheeses for breakfast at the hotel buffet. The cheese at this breakfast spread was particularly tasty. When we got to the breakfast area, we were the only people there, which was a bit weird.
View from the breakfast window.
We went and had another quick look around the town whilst waiting for our train. Then we caught said train back through mountainous regions and snow-a-rama. It was all quite breath taking and spectacular
Then, after a few train changes, before we knew it, we had crossed the border and we were in Austria. The Austrian train was particularly awesome – it was kind of like being on an aeroplane. Although the lady taking the orders for food did forget about my baguette. We forgave her though, and we got an extra free mini Kit Kat for our troubles. Have we mentioned yet, that chocolate just seems to appear from everywhere around here? Sure, we have bought our fair share of the stuff, but every time we turn around someone seems to want to give us free chocolate. Not that I’m complaining….
Anyway, we arrived in Innsbruck, and decided it was lovely here and we would like to stay. The hotel is very nice, and all the staff have been incredibly helpful with all our random questions.