Switzerland Part 2
One thing to keep in mind is that many of the public restrooms charge a fee to use them so be sure you carry coins. They are some of the cleanest restrooms around.
Once we arrived back in Bern, our friends met us at the station and took us back to where we would be staying. We had some time to relax, unpack and settle back in before we attended a home church meeting that evening. It was an enjoyable evening with some worship, our friend shared and then they had us do a Q & A. Most of them spoke english. The next morning we had a simple breakfast and then walked about 15 minutes to a local park where their "community" was meeting for "church and fellowship". It was such a fun time! So much delicious comfort foods (ie...bread and cheeses). They are such a diverse group of people. We loved it. We met new people, saw a few family's we already knew (some of them had been to our church in the states years ago) We arranged to have meals with a few of them before we left.
Monday morning my hubby and daughter took the tram to Bern to pick up the rental car that we would use the remainder of the trip. As a side note, the tram is VERY popular as a mode of transportation. Children will even ride the trams alone to school, etc. It's that safe and because these cities are so old, but have grown in population, it is often hard to find parking spots, so taking a tram is just easier.
One of the days, I don't remember which now, we explored more of Bern and climbed to the top of the Bern Munster Cathedral. The counted 341 stairs from the bottom to the top. It was so high, but the views were amazing.
The countryside is just stunning. We likened Switzerland to the PNW but on steroids. We spent a day in the Emmentals with a dear friend who had been to the states a few times and stayed with my in-laws. Such an amazing lady and we valued our time spent with her. She was so excited to show us the beautiful countryside surrounding her village. We visited a few shops, ate lunch and dessert and just took in the beauty around us stopping along the way to enjoy the view or to hear a story or two.