On our third day, we decided to spend an afternoon at Berne.
The city of Berne is the federal city of Switzerland and with a population of 133,920, is the fourth most populous city in Switzerland. In 1983, the historic old town in the centre of Berne became an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Berne is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life in 2010.
The etymology of the name Berne is uncertain. Accordingly to the local legend, the founder of the city of Berne, vowed to name the city after the first animal he met on the hunt and this turned out to be a bear.
Before entering the heart of the city, our couch driver brought us to The Rose Garden and The Bear Park.
The Rose Garden is a large park with a wonderful view of the Old Town and Aare Loop. The park is also home to 220 different types of roses, 200 types of irises and moor beds with 28 different types of rhododendrons. From, 1765 to 1877, The Rose Garden served as a cemetery. Since 1913, The Rose Garden has been a public park resplendent with the rich beauty of flowers and a pond.
Perhaps it wasn’t the season when we visited, The Rose Garden was rather empty and dull.
Berne’s heraldic animal has been released into new-found freedom on the beautiful slope of the Aare river. The creators of the new, bear-friendly Bear Park have built a landscape where Björk and Finn can climb, fish and play but also to retreat and relax.
We spent almost 2 hours at BALLY shopping for bags, shoes and dresses. BALLY is celebrating their 160th Anniversary and has rolled out a wide range of limited edition items for this special occasion. An absolutely gorgeous sales assistant served us, she’s very friendly, patient and helpful. She showed us all their just arrived items and gave us some valuable information about the products. She really took her time to serve us, we were all extremely impressed.
We had a quick-lunch at the Japigo Japanese Restaurant as we were running late from all the shoppings. Food was really good and fast, just what we needed – we are supposed to get on the coach in 45 minutes’ time.
Shall end this post with a little outfit of the day. I was wearing a simple black dress from Love, Bonito over a plain grey long sleeve tank top and a pair of grey heat tech stockings from UNIQLO. Red coat from MANGO and leopard print scarf is from H&M. Black boots from ECCO and black leather sling bag from miu miu.
I kept my makeup very simple throughout my entire trip. Foundation, brows, false eyelashes, blush, highlight, lip balm plus a little colour and contact lenses. My skin got really dry especially around my lips and chin – and I totally forgot to bring a liquid foundation with me, boo. Thank goodness I brought sufficient skincare with me.
What are your must-haves for winter?
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