You probably had no idea, but we’ve had visitors from Australia for the past 3 weeks. Jason’s parents have been with us! Something I should have shared sooner. For some reason I’ve always felt a bit shy about sharing more of the real life stories and moments with the rest of the world. Well actually I guess it’s because it’s a bit scary putting it all out there. I also feel that I shouldn’t include other people in what I’m doing. Because they may not want to be apart of it, not at all because I don’t want them to be involved. So, earlier this week I made the commitment to be more open on my Instagram and in my posts. Which means that in the future you might hear more about the people I am hanging around with, if they want to be involved of course!
Having visitor’s has meant we’ve been doing plenty of weekend trips. And when the weather wasn’t looking great for hiking or outdoor activities where we live, I thought of Bern, and in particular the Bern Rose Garden. See this was actually our second trip to the city. So we already knew how breathtaking it was. I was also more than happy to go back – firstly because when we went last time it was winter and secondly because my camera’s memory card decided to poo itself that morning. So I couldn’t take any photos with it all day. Yes I did indulge in a little bit of sulking at the time, but it didn’t ruin the whole day. It actually meant I could focus on simply enjoying myself. But every time I spotted what I knew would make a magical shot, my heart did sink a bit. Lesson learnt though – I now have two memory cards on me at all times!
The reason we love Bern so much is because it feels so different to any other city we have visited. There are some cities that have a similar feeling or look to others. But not Bern. With it’s wide main street running through the middle of the UNESCO listed old town, down to the pastel hued Aare river, leading you up the hill to this dreamy Bern Rose Garden. Last time we went the 223 rose varieties in the garden weren’t in bloom either.
So as you can imagine I was pretty damn excited about that! I also noticed that it didn’t take very long for my pink and flower obsession to rub off on my in-laws. At one point when I was taking photos and they had gone for a walk, they rushed back to let me know they’d found an even bigger rose garden that they knew I’d be really excited to see. I love moments like that. When we share each other’s excitement for the little things.
For a relaxed day in Bern simply get off the train, wander down the streets that head towards the river. Have lunch at a restaurant by the water, then work it off walking up the hill to the Rose Garden. It’s not that bad. Really. My in-laws could do it (haha just kidding… hiiiii Jack and May). Take some snacks to picnic with, a book to read or enjoy a glass of wine at the restaurant at the top, overlooking the city, amongst the roses. It’s just a little bit magical. For more details about the Bern Rose Garden take look at the Bern Tourism website.
Have you been to Bern? Or perhaps you are dreaming of going! Let me know below.