Allen’s Adventures in Europe – Part Six

Introduction

Stewart Goes Walkies is very pleased to have the latest installment of Allen Lai’s amazing adventures in Europe.

Bern, Eguisheim

Bern
The beautiful city of Bern, the capital of Switzerland

It was supposed to be another rainy day. But the weather held and we were able to enjoy Bern on a sunny morning. This capital of Switzerland has retained its historic features successfully.

The bear at the tiny zoo at the entrance to the city. Bear, the name of the city

Bern means, bear in English.  According to the local legend, based on folk etymology, Berchtold V, Duke of Zähringen, the founder of the city of Bern, vowed to name the city after the first animal he met on the hunt, and this turned out to be a bear.  The city does have a tiny zoo that houses three bears.

Having a meaningful conversation with Albert Einstein. He lived in Bern from 1903 to 1905 and developed his Theory of relativity here
The well-preserved medieval city of Bern
The Lauben

Other than the many fountains, sandstone facades, narrow streets, and historic towers in this medieval city, the really unique feature is the six kilometres of arcades. The locals refer to them as ‘Lauben’ and boast of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.

Lauben, the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenade of 6 km in Europe
What it is like under the sheltered shopping promenade
The Zytglogge

I couldn’t help but be amazed at the Zytglogge (Clock Tower), a 15th-century astronomical clock, Once a city gate, it served the city as a guard tower, prison, clock tower, centre of urban life, and civic memorial. This 800 year old clock, at the hour, still performs for spectators. The mechanical figures include a parade of bears, a jester, a golden rooster, and Chronos, the god of time.

The Zytglogge, an 800 years old clock tower, served as a guard tower, prison, and clock tower, and still performs for spectators every hour
Every hour, the mechanical figures have paraded for 800 years.
The Kindlifresser
An interesting statue, the Kindlifresser, a baby-eating monster built in 1546. No one is exactly sure why it is there. It may be simply to remind the children of Bern to behave

If you are interested, more information on the Kindlifresser may be found here.

If one has the urge to relieve himself, this open-air washroom is free and located on the busiest part of the main street, sorry, gentlemen only

We had lunch at Mille Sens, a Michelin-starred restaurant that ranked number four in  “The best gourmet restaurants – Switzerland”. The lunch took 2 hours. And chef Domingo refines his careful selection of classic Filipino dishes with Swiss products and the culinary delight is perfect. The Philippines meet Switzerland – right in front of my eyes, my nose, my mouth.. and it opens up all my taste buds. What an experience.

Mille Sens, is rated number 4 best gourmet restaurant in Switzerland. Here photographed with Michelin chef Domingo and his unforgettable meal
Eguisheim

After the lunch of a lifetime, we crossed the border and entered France. The first city we visited was Eguisheim. It’s vines everywhere. Exploited since Roman times, it became a flourishing activity in the Middle Ages as evidenced by the beautiful merchants’ residences on the main street. Over the centuries, the wines of Eguisheim have earned their letters of nobility and made the reputation of the village. With around thirty active winegrowers, Eguisheim is currently the village with the most winegrowers among the Most Beautiful Villages in France!

Eguisheim, the most wine growers and most beautiful village in France since the middle age

We strolled through the narrow medieval village with its cobbled streets and hidden alleys, which is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Charming little typical Alsatian old houses with pointed roofs, bright colors, and half-timbered facades. Each house is of modest size and has unique architecture. Admiring the colorful palette of each house, and the profusion of flowers, made me feel like I traveled back in time.

Flowers and half-timber houses
Narrow medieval cobbled streets and hidden alleys
Charming little typical Alsatian old houses with pointed roofs, bright colors, and half-timber facades
Each house is a modest size, with unique architecture, a colourful palette, a profusion of flowers, like a travel back in time

That night we checked into Hilton Honors, Strasbourg.

Conclusion

Allen’s photography and the research he does into the areas he visits make for fantastic reading. We are very grateful to receive his travelogues and look forward to his future travels.

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Happily married man to a wonderful lady. Living in Hong Kong. In my younger days I enjoyed hiking, camping and rock climbing. I've trekked in the Himalayas and climbed Mt. Kinabalu in East Malaysia.

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