Staying in Bern

Bern is the capital of Switzerland. It is part of German-speaking Switzerland, and toward the center, a city surrounded by hills and tidy farms of cows and goats. Our hotel was directly west of it, attached to a mall with a water park and cinema, and next to the train and tram station. I was pretty pleased with the Holiday Inn.

The rollout bed was a tad short for my fast-growing boy, but it worked.

The rollout bed was a tad short for my fast-growing boy, but it worked.

The now-traditional view from the hotel room: many commercial roofs are planted, and goats are pastured in the distant farm. We could hear their bells tinkling.

The now-traditional view from the hotel room: many commercial roofs are planted, and goats are pastured in the distant farm. We could hear their bells tinkling.

The cinema in the mall offered Despicable Me 2 in English, with German and French subtitles. We jumped at the opportunity to attend the sequel to one of our favorite shows, and the theater happened to be having a family day. They were giving away minions and other themed items. We bought a popcorn with a minion cup. Stoney found his twin…

My Ironman with his twin.

My Ironman with his twin.

The German title for Despicable Me 2. Yeah, the French title bears no resemblance to the American title either.

The German title for Despicable Me 2. Yeah, the French title bears no resemblance to the American title either.

The drawback to staying in Bern was the cost of eating out. Just a warning to folks going to Switzerland…even expensive Starbucks is more $$, as in 6-8 francs a drink, at least. Our hotel’s all you can eat evening grill was 50 francs a person, and the Japaneses noodle shop in the mall food court was about 16 francs for a good sized bowl, 19 francs with a few dumplings included. Stoney and I split a bowl, because, seriously?

We did get free passes to the waterpark, but I couldn’t get any takers on that one. And while Spain, Italy and France are all nightowls, the Swiss are morning birds, so things in the mall closed relatively early. I’ll show you around Bern next time.

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