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We woke up to rain so decided to laze in the hotel until check out.
We skipped breakfast and walked our luggage back to the train station and returned to Bern.
Once there we bought an Old Town guide (11CHF). Toured the town, walked up to see the Rose Garten and the scenery of the whole town from the hill.
The walking up …
Instead of continuing to Beil, we decided to stay in Bern at the Hotel Astoria for 160 Swiss Francs for the day because there's lots to see there. Every town has there own "Olde Towne" to walk thru plus other things.
We didn't have supper, just a banana, nuts, bun & cheese that I saved from our breakfast.
... about to undertake is however not just the usual jump on the tram and go kind of trip but will be aboard a very special tram and that is a 100 year old steam tram which was one of the city's very first trams.
This tram and coach had been standing for years and was finally restored by a group of volunteers who now operate it as a tourist attraction around the city.
With 20 of us on board the wonderful balcony coach we depart from this little quiet street and head off ...
... had a beer. Haley and Arron met up with us here and Tino was kind enough to treat all of us to our drinks. We walked to the parliament building which was open to the public as a special treat for the holiday. We didn't end up making it in time to visit the inside of the building, but the views from out front were wonderful to see anyway. Tino left us to prepare for the barbecue we were having for dinner and the five of us wandered around the city for a bit before getting some groceries ...
... I walked to the little playground that has always been a safe haven for me, we sat in beautiful silence in the grass amongst the flowers, clear blue sky, watching the beavers haul logs and sticks back and forth though the water, sun shining with our favorite band playing and we made daisy chains. An utterly perfect moment for me. The simple things in life can be so sweet, when one takes the time to come down from all of the worries and thoughts and just stops to be in the ...