#ParadigmaTravels: Thun & Bern, Switzerland
We actually arrived at Thun the afternoon after our walking tour of Zürich. It was about a two hour train ride and a quick tram ride to our stop, then a bit of a walk to the hotel (yup, luggage and all — but we powered through lol). After settling in, changing and freshening up, it was time for us to drop by the studio of Thun based fashion designer, Sabine Portenier. Sadly she was sick when we arrived so we didn’t get to meet her but we did get to see some pieces — and wow, they were gorgeous! Definitely my style.
This silk dress was everything. The colors go so well together and it looked so elegant!
Hmmm.. If Dorothy (from The Wizard of Oz) was a trendy hipster she’d totally rock these!
That. Dress. Gosh, if only I got to buy it. *sigh*
The band doing what we do best — being our silly selves.
After our first stop, we swung by Konzepthalle6. It’s this huge space that is a shared office space, furniture shop, concert space and restaurant all rolled into one. This is a really popular concept in Switzerland I believe. Amazing how they got to fit so many different things under one roof but it’s got this great energy inside of it and it was so much fun walking around!
This is the restaurant and bar which is where we had appetizers before dinner the night we arrived at Thun.
All the furniture you see in my photos are for sale. I wish my parents could see the place, my sister too! They would’ve gone nuts cause everything was so nice and of course one of a kind.
After the tour we had some free time to roam around Thun so Laur, David, Aileen, Diana and I took advantage of that.
We first walked to a thrift store. I actually bought a gorgeous silk scarf there (and wore it the next day — read on to see what it looks like) and Laur found this cool framed piece that she got to add to her apartment! Gotta love thrift shopping.
We eventually walked towards this bridge with a view of Thun Castle. It was built in the 12th century, today houses the Thun Castle museum, and is a Swiss heritage site of national significance. Of course we took advantage of the view and snapped some photos!
All that made us hungry so we went to.. McDonald’s! It’s a little thing I like doing whenever I travel cause all menus differ according to country. So I was curious about what they had different in Switzerland so we tried this big box of fries and some mixed fried chicken and seafood which was pretty filling (obviously lol) but worth the taste test!
Due to that little snack we shared we only got to eat so much BUT we did make sure to eat and make room for the food prepared by Chef Adrian Tschanz who is a known chef in Switzerland. Everything was just delicious! After we moved back to our hotel to finish up dinner before getting some sleep and preparing to head to the next city. Btw, the hotel we stayed at was awesome so I’ll be blogging about that when the main travel posts are all done!
Alright, so our fifth day started out with a bit of a drizzle while leaving Thun. We packed our bags, hopped into a van and drove off to Bern, which is the capital of Switzerland. The first thing on our agenda was the visit the Parliament Building of Switzerland and lucky us National Council member Matthias Aebischer toured us around.
First on the tour was the Upper Chamber, sometimes referred to as the Senate. It is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature (or one of three chambers of a tricameral legislature), the other chamber is actually the lower house. The house formally designated as the upper house is usually smaller, and often has more restricted power, than the lower house. Matthias sits in the upper chamber so we really got to learn a lot from him.
This is apparently a very special painting. The artist originally painted a nude woman on it but because they were putting it inside the Parliament Building, they asked him to remove her. So he did but he also left his mark somehow. Can you guess what he did? Keep reading on and you’ll find out! Cause Matthias played a game with us and I got to find the fish he was talking about (you might wanna zoom into the painting if I were you lol)!
I hope that one day the government offices here in the Philippines will be as high tech, clean and beautiful as this one.
Okay, if you didn’t guess what the painter did.. He painted a fish to sort of prank the people for making him change his work of art. You can find it on the left side of the painting somewhere on the mountain. Sly guy!
Here we have the lower chamber. Despite its official position below the upper house, in many legislatures worldwide, the lower house has come to wield more power. Interesting.
Going out of my element in this look which I will be blogging about soon!
After that, we had lunch with some Switzerland based bloggers who mostly wrote about the Bern lifestyle and such which was cool. Then we did another walking tour but this time of the capital of the country.
You could tell that we were slowly heading towards the French area just by looking at the architecture.
Einstein actually lived in this apartment! They later turned it into a museum dedicated to him. I wish we got to enter but it was closed when we passed by. Oh well, next time I’m in Switzerland I’ll be sure to drop by!
The photo doesn’t do this justice. Look at the intricate details!
We eventually made it to Münsterplattform which is a park within Bern. It was beautiful, gave me major France Vibes for some reason. Of course I had to take advantage of places like these so as usual, I snapped away. How I wish we had parks this grand in the Philippines. It was so nice seeing people walking around, playing games and just relaxing on a bench. Wish we got to stay here longer but it was back to walking around Bern and off to our last stop for the day.
Looks like something straight out of a Wes Anderson movie.
Laur, David, Aileen and I were somewhat obsessed with musicals during this trip that because of David, we started singing Little town, it’s a quiet village. Everyday, like the one befooooore!
This area did sort of give off the Beauty and the Beast vibes somehow.
It’s not everyday the three bears come out to play so we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the parents! The Bärengraben, or Bear Pit, is a tourist attraction. It’s a bear pit, or enclosure housing bears, situated at the eastern edge of the old city of Bern, next to the Nydeggbrücke and the River Aar.
In the same color palette yet again! Hope you enjoyed this third installment of my Switzerland blog post series! One more to go before my look posts, restaurant suggestions and hotel recommendations posts. So, please stay tuned for that!