Peter Kun Frary | Photographer

Parliament Building | Bern, Switzerland


A view of the Parliament Building in Bern, Switzerland. Although it's early evening in June, temperatures dip into the 50s and 60s (F). Teenagers think it's summer and play in the Parliament fountains!

Bern is well wired for public transportation:

And, yes, electric trains and streetcars were everywhere, so look before you step. You can barely hear them coming.

Bern is the cleanest and most orderly city I visited in Europe. I wonder how they get everyone to behave themselves so well? I didn't see any homeless, hoes or druggies. And, unlike Paris and Rome, the streets and train stations weren't filled with the fragrance of urine.

Bern also had the freshest produce and most tasty chocolates I experienced in Europe. The booze filled chocolates propelled me straight into hog heaven. Get your shopping done early as most shops close at 5:00 PM, save train station shops. The train station was no mere way-station for travelers but a bustling hub of commercial and social activity, containing a full-sized shopping mall complete with mega grocery store. Bern was the most expensive city I wandered with prices nearly triple that of the USA.

Canon EOS 40D and EF-s 17-55 2.8 IS USM

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