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We went to Bienne last Saturday. We found Spring waiting for us all pretty in pink!


Swans were gliding through the water at the lake fighting for their lunch. The swan in the photo below was even carrying some bread crumbs on his back for later.

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Here is a photo of the feeding frenzy. It looks much tamer in the photo than it was in reality. Those swans were vicious with each other. It was a clear example of survival of the fittest.


Lake Biel-Bienne.


There were so many people out. From what we saw, Bienne seems to have a high number of families living there.


Simply, the picture below is a photo of the ground. I took it as I almost dropped my camera. Just before I took this photo I was trying to take a picture of a rat. We were walking by the water and I saw a rat eating corn that was inside and around it’s holes. I thought I was a safe distance from it.

However, the rat got scared by Vilay. It ran as fast as it could to where it felt safe which happened to be right in front of me. It had to jump from one side of the ground to the other to get into it’s super safe hole. Problem. It ended up landing right by my feet before it disappeared into the ground.

I let out a big little girl like scream as I started to drop my camera and run. Luckily, the adult in me took over and I kept the camera firmly in my hands and stepped back.

The rat came back out of it’s hole jumped back across to the other side and resumed nibbling at the corn as if nothing had happened. I think the rat is pretty tame from all the food donations but it still made me nervous to see one so close. No way was I brave enough to take another photo!


We walked all over Bienne and ended up in Nidau, a neighboring city. I really like the shadow of the bear in this photo.


Here is the bear shown standing guard over his fountain. The Swiss have the best fountains.


A tower in Nidau.


Even if I am accustomed to seeing medieval structures (like in the photo below) after living in Europe for some time now, I will never stop being impressed by them.


I love how the Swiss will paint their shutters in such interesting colors and patterns.


Around six, we headed back home saying goodbye to Spring. Not long after, we were greeted by our good friend, old man Winter.


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  • Mom April 1, 2008, 11:23 pm

    Looks like you all had a great weekend. I’m glad the rat didn’t jump on you but a little disappointed that it didn’t. That would have been so funny. I miss and love you all Mom.

  • Pumpkin April 2, 2008, 6:49 am

    Thanks, Mom…

  • Tanya April 3, 2008, 3:15 pm

    What a wonderful day and great pictures. I never tire of seeing such old structures either. I can just stand next to them and imagine what history the building has seen. I just want to breath it all in and never leave. I get very emotional around old things,lol. We have seen old structures here in Georgia, dating back to the 1600’s but those are just babies compared to yours,lol.

  • expatraveler April 5, 2008, 2:16 am

    Hey – we nearly missed each other! I was there multiple days the week before and up on the mountain tops too!

  • Pumpkin April 5, 2008, 7:41 am

    I love the old structures in the States as well. We went to Savannah once and it was just beautiful.

    I kept on the look out for you just in case you happened to be walking down the same street as us. :)

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