Just the Pictures (Switzerland) The Aare River and the Kornhausbrücke (bridge) in Bern. The UPU (Universal Postal Union) monument by René De Saint-Marceaux (1909 AD). The south side of the Federal Palace of Switzerland. The Welttelegrafen (“World Telegraph”) monument – erected in 1922 AD by a decision of the International Telegraph Union. The intersection of Hotelgasse and Kramgasse, next to the Zytglogge. The Zytglogge seen at the end of Kramgasse (gasse means “alley” or “street” in English). The Church of St. Peter and Paul; built in 1864 AD, it belongs to the Christian Catholic Church of Switzerland. The Cathedral of Bern (a Swiss Reformed Cathedral); construction began in 1421 AD and was finished in 1893 AD. It is the tallest cathedral in Switzerland with a height of 100.6 meters. Looking east from the Münsterplattform (“Minster Terrace”) on the south side of the Cathedral of Bern. Two Eurasian brown bears in the BärenPark (“Bear Park”). Bern, seen from the Rosengarten (“Rose Garden”). The Untertorbrücke (“Lower Gate Bridge”); built in 1489 AD, it is the oldest of Bern’s Aare bridges. Statue of Rudolf von Erlach (1299-1360 AD), he was a knight and commander of the Swiss Confederation forces at the Battle of Laupen. Looking east at the Aare River from Kornhausbrücke. The living room inside the Einsteinhaus (“Einstein House”) – where Albert Einstein and his family lived from 1903 to 1905 AD. Three beers I had at the Altes Tramdepot Restaurant und Brauerei. Another view of Kramgasse with the Zytglogge at the end of the street. The façade of the Cathedral of Bern with its tall bell tower undergoing renovation. Ornate sculptures over the entrance to the Cathedral of Bern. Looking toward the northwest from the Cathedral of Bern’s bell tower. The Aare River and the Kirchenfeldbrücke, seen from the Cathedral of Bern’s bell tower. Sculpture of the architect, at the top of bell tower of the Cathedral of Bern. Looking east-northeast from the bell tower of the Cathedral of Bern. The façade of the Federal Palace of Switzerland – where the Swiss Federal Assembly (federal parliament) and the Federal Council are housed. The Church of the Holy Ghost, a Swiss Reformed Church. An alleyway in Bern. The Kramgasse at dusk. Cellar doors opened for the underground night clubs on Gerechtigkeitsgasse in Bern. Zunfthaus zu Metzgern (a hotel and restaurant in Thun) with Thun Castle towering over from behind. The Rathausplatz (“City Hall Square”) with the Town Council Hall of Thun on the right. The fountain in the center of the Rathausplatz. Obere Hauptgasse in Thun, looking toward the Rathausplatz. Obere Hauptgasse, looking northeast, away from the Rathausplatz. The Untere Schleuse – a covered wooden bridge over the Aare River in Thun. Another view of the Aare River in Thun. Fountain in Thunerhof Park. Remnants of the old city wall in Thun. Oops . . . Thun Castle (built in the 12th-century AD). Small watch tower at Thun Castle. Painting found in the Thun Castle museum. Traditionelle Kleidung für die Schweizer Damen. Thun with the Aare River and the Stadtkirche in view, seen from one of Thun Castle’s corner towers. The Rathausplatz seen from Thun Castle. The Stadtkirche and Thun Castle’s southeastern tower in view. Closeup of the Rathausplatz. Looking up at Thun Castle. Cobbled path leading to the Stadtkirche of Thun. Inside the Stadtkirche. Entrance to the Untere Schleuse (one of two covered wooden bridges in Thun). The Thun Kunstmuseum (“Art Museum”) on the Aare River. Swan in the Aare River. Schadau Castle; built in 1854 AD, it now houses the Swiss Gastronomy Museum. Inside Schadau Castle. Kirche Scherzligen – a church that dates back to 762 AD. Rathausplatz and Thun Castle at night. Covered steps leading up from the old town to the castle hill. Another view of the Rathausplatz with the Town Council Hall of Thun in view. The Lauterbrunnen Valley in the Jungfrau Region of the Bernese Oberland – seen from the village of Mürren. Street in Mürren, a village that is not connected with any roads and therefore has almost no traffic – snowplows and hotel shuttles are the exceptions. Another view of Mürren. A chalet in Mürren. The Mürrenbach stream on the southern end of town. A fire hydrant painted to look like a gnome. Memorial to Sir Arnold Lunn (a skier, mountaineer, and writer), who developed the rules for the modern slalom and set the first slalom here in Mürren in 1922 AD. The Lauterbrunnen Valley in the morning. The sun behind Schwarzmönch mountain. Gspaltenhorn moutain (center), seen from the top of Schilthorn mountain. Piz Gloria on the top of Schilthorn. Another view of Piz Gloria, which was once a clinical allergy-research institute headed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld . . . or so I’m told. Looking north toward Interlaken, from Piz Gloria. The cable car traveling up to Piz Gloria, skiers beginning their downhill run, and the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains (the three dominant peaks) in the distance. Inside Piz Gloria; these steps lead up to the revolving restaurant where James Bond (a British MI6 agent) dined with Blofeld’s “Angels of Death” . . . or so I’m told. Coat of Arms for the “Comte Balthazar de Bleuchamp” – the title that Ernst Stavro Blofeld had hoped to claim until James Bond foiled his plans . . . or so I’m told. Looking up at Piz Gloria from the beginning of the ski run on the Schilthorn. View of the mountains on the far side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Looking down on the piste near the top of the Schilthorn – seen from the cable car ride between the Schilthorn and Birg. The Seilbahn Mürren Allmendhubel – a funicular that was built in 1912 AD. A chalet with Schwarzmönch in the background. The Hotel Alpina on the edge of the valley cliff. Schwarzmönch and the Eiger seen from Mürren. The Lauterbrunnen Valley at night with the village of Wengen’s lights visible in the distance. On a piste, ready to ski, with the Birg on the right. Looking up at Piz Gloria as a cable car makes its way down to the Birg. Alpine huts next to the pistes. Mürren in view with the Eiger on the other side of the valley. Another view of Mürren and the Eiger. The Winteregg ski lift with the village of Wengen on the other side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Closer view of Wengen, which is a little deficient in snow this time of year. Piste through the trees. Looking up the track for the Seilbahn Mürren Allmendhubel. The Pension-Restaurant Sonnenberg and huts at the far end of Mürren. Looking back at the ski lift before continuing on down the piste. Skiers casually passing between alpine huts. Skiing back toward Mürren. The tracked cable car that runs between Mürren and the Lauterbrunnen-Mürren [suspended] cable car station. Another glorious day skiing in the Jungfrau Region of the Bernese Oberland. Peering down at the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The valley and town of Lauterbrunnen, seen from the cable car descending down from Mürren. The town of Spiez, on the edge of Lake Thun, seen from the railway station.