Bern Journals

Bern is Boring, Boring, Boring. Skip it.

A June 1991 trip to Bern by Wasatch

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Bern is Boring, Boring, Boring. Skip it.

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For reasons I cannot fathom having been there, Bern is one of IgoUgo’s “Hot Destinations.” Bern is the most boring national capital in Europe, and it takes some doing to lose out to Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. As near as I can count, we have spent more than 300 days traveling around Europe, and the day we went to Bern was perhaps biggest waste of time of all, although Basil, another dull Swiss city, runs close competition.What is there to like about a city whose chief claim of touristic interest is a small hole in the ground containing three mangy bears? That is Bern’s famous “Bear Pit”, and in the USA, PETA would long ago have strung up the Bern City Council. Bern’s mos...Read More

Driving in Europe

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Walking along the main drag in Rothenburg o.d.T., I fell into conversation with an American on a bus tour. He asked, "What tour are you with?" I answered, "We’re driving." His face took on a look of angst, and he launched into a stream of questions of what it was like, driving in Europe.Americans love to drive, but many are nervous that Europe is too different, so they chicken out and go by bus. We have taken so many driving vacations in Europe that I’ve lost count, but it includes over 33,000 miles in France alone. Here’s what you need to know to drive in Europe.First, learn the international road signs. AAA can give you a copy. All European nations use them. ...Read More