If you are in Switzerland please take the time to visit this city. It's like stepping back in time. There are shops below ground on some of the cobblestone streets that are unforgettable, I know as I've not forgotten them in the least. By below ground I mean the underground entrances to buttressed buildings on the main street; you access these areas by leaning over and pulling open the doors at an angle at your feet - split on the horizontal and opened wide, one side to the left and the other to the right, like shutters. These shops can vary from just storage to antiques stores (with new doors and expensive security), books stores, cafesand the like. I purchased some Echt Kobalt plates from a very spartan shop (translation real cobalt in English) which has started me on a collection of more of the same, sorry to say the price I paid in Bern is the most fairly priced I've ever come across so the rest of my collection has come at a dearer price. It's a photographers dream. I recall a carriage on the street there about 11:00pm, it was under a gas street lamp and for all the world looked like gentry leaving the opera and going for drive circa 1850. On the streets of the Altstadt in Bern I came across clever students smoking a hooka filled with tobacco by the parliament buildings. I took a picture of a violin maker bent over his work through an ancient window in wonderful light; the most beautiful chandelier in the window of an antique shop that to this day I wish I'd purchased; of a business man taking a nap in the sun on a wide-topped fence with his hands behind his head and of architecture I had never seen the likes of before I went to Switzerland. Thsi part of Bern is replete with atmosphere - no bombing here in WWII.
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