Bern for a small taste of Switzerland

| September 7, 2010

Morning sunrise in Bern, Switzerland

I wanted to choose a nice low-intensity place to to recover from the long flight to Zurich and change of time zone. Bern, Switzerland is the place I picked. It was a short train ride from the Zurich Airport and it fulfilled the promise of being a great spot to get our first taste of this beautiful country. Bern is a classic medieval Swiss town complete with a winding river. The city lies on the Swiss plateau in the Canton of Bern, which is slightly west of the center of Switzerland and 20 km (12 mi) north of the Bernese Alps. We stayed at a really nice hotel called the Bellevue Palace in the old part of the city, putting us within walking distance of all the sights we wanted to take in while we were there.

For the shot above, I got up before dawn with hopes of getting a nice sunrise photo from a bridge near the end of the old part of town. As I walked through the dark and sleepy cobblestone streets, I wondered what kind of shot I was going to get. Honestly, that is part of what makes photography so exciting. The colors in the sky you see here only lasted about five minutes and they were constantly changing during that period. I shot quite a few exposure brackets as the sky caught fire with morning sunlight. In addition to the satisfaction of getting the shot I wanted, I enjoyed just standing there for an hour watching the city wake up and contemplating how lucky I was to be in Switzerland.

I have a ton of pictures to present so check back tomorrow for another interesting shot from Bern. As always thanks for visiting A Day Not Wasted. It’s fun to share these with others that love travel as much as I do.

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  1. nancy says:

    Breath taking photo. Such a beautiful place, thank you for sharing.
    Nancy

  2. Another winner, fantastic colors, thanks for taking the time to share.
    Horst

  3. AutumnLeaves says:

    Breathtaking photo indeed! This is stunning, Lee!

  4. Ann Rogers says:

    Spectacular photo, thanks for “taking” us on your trip with you!

  5. Lee says:

    Thanks! I am always amazed when I get the photos and there are tons of harmonious colors in them. I just noticed that the tones in the sky are very similar to the colors of the houses on the river. So cool! Thanks again for the comments and notes of appreciation.

  6. OMG (I don’t take the Lord’s name in vain, so put “gosh” in there … 🙂 But, this photograph came so close to having it slip out! Absolutely stunning … Places like this really do exist… My 13 year old daughter is rethinking her goals in life after looking at your photos. Do you ever allow people to paint your photos – I would LOVE to attempt this in my fledgling way. I also plan on doing your challenges soon. Thank you for a beautiful website.

  7. Lee says:

    You are funny Margaret! Wow, the pressure is on if your children are thinking about life from the photos. I always told my son that he should get a good education and pursue something that he is passionate about. So far so good after recently graduating from college. Feel free to paint this photo if you like. All I ask is folks ask first and if they post a painting, please post a link back to the ADNW site. Have fun!