In July we joined Big Art (Arthur's Father), and Marji (Arthur's wicked stepmother) for a delightful trip to Switzerland with all of their children, spouses, and grandchildren. We based ourselves in Meiringen, a delightful village south of Luzern. Over the next days and weeks I will share my journal, photographs, and other goodies from our trip.

Day 17 - 29 Juli - Sunday

We join Art and Marji for a trip to Ballenberg, a museum of rural architecture, life, and crafts in Switzerland. They pick us up at 9:30, and we get there early and have a hot chocolate first.

Then we begin on our tour through the various areas. There is a delightful chapel first, and alpine out buildings. By looking at all their variations you can appreciate their adaptation to the almost migratory nature of Swiss agriculture (Spring up the mountain, Winter down the mountain). There are scores of buildings scattered over 160 acres. We looked through less than one quarter of them, and found that we could take no more.

There was lunch with Art and Marji about halfway through, and then ice cream after. We saw cooking, pottery-throwing, wood carving, looming, and chocolate manufacture. We, of course, had to sample the chocolate.












They dropped us off at the train station in Brientz, and we took the train to Thun. We got there at 16:30 on a Sunday, so everything was either closed or soon to close. We walked from the train station toward the Schloß. At one of the two wooden bridges, which also serve as water diversion and control points, a kid was surfing by tying a rope to the bridge which allowed him to "surf" on the wake produced by the diversion.

We made our way up to the Stadtkirche (reformed), a bit of a climb. It is an ancient building that has been reshaped into a preaching hall during the Swiss Reformation. Again the symbols are of the civic community, for the most part. Arthur went up to see the small museum in the tower (chalices, etc.). I took pictures.

We walk around the yard, and the Schloß making our way down to the river via small alleys behind large houses. It was fascinating. We stop for a snack and drink and learned a lesson. Never order calamari in der Schweitz ­ beer batter! Sitting next to us is a very quiet and somewhat unhappy family from Hillsborough, Kansas. Arthur spies a black swan!

We train back to Meiringen and spend some time visiting with Tim and Sawyer while sharing a nice Swiss red, bread, Ementhaler, and Brie. We leave a note for Christina regarding our trip with her in the morning, and then go home for the usual.

MTH 10/03/07
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