|We stopped in St. Gallen overnight
for one reason only: to have a chance to visit the Stiftsbibliothek, the
St. Gallen library, perhaps the "rococo-est" of the rococo. Visitors must
wear a pair of special slippers over their shoes to protect the floor. The
swirling curlicues are so overwhelming that one can be excused for missing
some of the manuscript treasures.
||We spent a good deal of our
time in Switzerland in the Bernese Oberland, particularly in the region south
of Interlaken. At the time of our visit in summer, the temperature variations
in the Lauterbrunnen Valley were amazing. In the town of Lauterbrunnen,
we would be burning up, but further up the mountains in Murren or Wengen,
the cool, dry air was absolutely exhilarating.
|The walk up to the castle
in Thun was very interesting. A long, covered staircase goes up the hill
from the lower level of the town until it reaches the level of the castle.
While we were there, a group of musicians were practicing for an upcoming
concert, so we were entertained for free as we did our sightseeing.
||Thun and Spiez are located
relatively close together on the shores of Lake Thun. The towns are similar
in many ways, but the location of the castle is completely the opposite. In
Spiez, the castle is located at the lowest level of the town right beside
|The Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air
Museum is a country park with typical dwellings from several rural regions
all over Switzerland. In addition, throughout the park, craftsmen demonstrate
some of the traditional farm skills such as bread making, cheese making,
and (in this photo) haying.
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