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Posted by Jen on Jun-28-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 6:40 am on June 25, 2010.  We packed everything up.  We took the bus to the train station.

We bought some sandwiches and bread rolls at Migros Takeaway. We got the train from Bern to Geneva airport at 7:34 am.  It took almost 2 hours.  We arrived at 9:24 am. 

We checked in the airport.  There was a separate area for France flights. Our flight was scheduled for 11 am, but the plane was delayed.  We left at 11:20 am headed to Nice, France.  We arrived at 12:20 pm.  

We got a bus to the Rail Way station.  Ivan checked us in to the Best Western Hotel Riviera.  It was a warm and sunny in Nice.  It was hard getting a hotel since there’s a few events going on this weekend like Ironman.  The hotel gave us a welcome drink.  The choice was either Coke or a water – so we got a water for each of us.  The hotel offers free wi-fi, free breakfast and a pack lunch.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I used the internet in the room.  I worked on the blog.

It was cloudy outside at 4:30 pm.  We walked to the Old Town.  We went to La Banane. 


Lil Dave read about it in his Lonely Monkey book.  Banane means banana.  Lil Dave got a crepe with a double portion of bananas.  Ivan and I shared a crepe with nutella and bananas.  It was tasty.  Lil Dave found the secret monkey door.  It’s access to the monkey only area.  Lil Dave said he’d meet us at the hotel later.  He wanted to meet some new monkey friends.

It was overcast and it started sprinkling.  We hoped that it wouldn’t start raining harder.  I went in a few souvenir shops.  I saw a few cool things, but couldn’t decide if I should buy anything.

We went to Cave de la Tour for a red wine. 


Ivan read about it in his Lonely Planet book.  It’s a nice cozy place to have a cheap glass of wine.  It had stopped raining.

We walked around more.  We sat down at Antonia Caffe which is located in a square.  Ivan read about Pastis which is an alcoholic drink with star anise.  It came with a small plate of olives.  Ivan and I don’t like olives.  The Pastis tastes very similar to absinthe.  Ivan told the waiter we didn’t like olives.  He asked if we could get something else.  The waiter said Sorry, we don’t have anything else.  But, a few minutes later he brought us a plate with bread with tomato sauce and vegetables on top.  That was nice of him. 

A band started playing in the square.  They only played two songs.  The police asked for a permit and they were shut down since they didn’t have it.

We walked more.  We saw a big fountain with statues in it. 


Ivan had set up a dinner reservation for 9:30 pm.  It was 8 pm and he was already hungry.  We stopped by Voyageur Nissart to see if we could get in earlier.  Unfortunately, the restaurant was full at that time.  Ivan talked to a waiter and he said we should come back in 30 minutes.  We walked back to the hotel to chill.  Lil Dave told us he enjoyed spending time with the cool monkeys at La Banane. 

Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked to Voyageur Nissart.  Ivan thought we should get one of the set menus and another dish.  For the set menu we got: salmon & avocado salad, grilled sardines with ratatouille and a dessert.  We also got potato gnocchi with tomato sauce.  The best items were the ratatouille and the potato gnocchi.


Lil Dave got fettuccine with bananas.  For dessert, Ivan and I got a nice creme brulee.   It was a really good meal.

We walked to the beach area.  We sat down and looked at the ocean.  Nice is a very nice city.  We got the tram back to the hotel.  We were both really tired since we had an early start.


Exploring Bern

Posted by Jen on Jun-28-2010

Ivan and I got lunch at the grocery store below Carmen’s apartment on June 24, 2010.  We had chicken, avocado on bread on the balcony.  Lil Dave made a banana and chicken sandwich.

Later on, we went out with Rachel, Carmen’s roommate.  She was going to show us around the city.

We started walking by the river.  It flows really fast.  We saw people going by in rafts.

We walked to the Bear Park.  There was a male bear by himself.  He had to be separated by the babies and the mama.  The baby bears are so cute.


They kept fighting each other.  Then, they would follow their mama around.

We walked up to the Rosengarten.  There’s lots of walking up and down in Switzerland.  There’s a beautiful view of the city up there.


Bern is very picturesque.  Ivan and I got some Movenpick ice cream.  It’s pricey, but it’s very tasty and smooth.

We sat down looking at the wonderful view of the city.

Next, we went to Berner Munster.  It’s a Gothic cathedral.  Inside there’s beautiful stained glass windows.

We stopped at Merkur chocolate.  We got small pieces of Laderach chocolate with cranberries, caramel and a dark chocolate one.

We went into the city centre.  I went into a souvenir shop, but didn’t buy anything.

Ivan wanted to watch the Italy vs. Slovakia match.  Rachel said she knew a good place for us to go.  We went to Turnhalle cafe and bar.  We couldn’t find a seat outside.  Instead, we went inside to watch on the big projector screen.  It was a good game.  Italy was kicked of the World Cup with the score of 3-2.  Ivan and I had some red wine.  We went outside to sit since the football match was over.


Rachel and me - having drinks

Carmen came to the bar.  We said bye to Rachel.

We walked with Carmen to get some dinner.  We stopped at Migros supermarket.  Ivan and I got sandwiches.  I had a tasty tuna sandwich.

We walked to a bar near Carmen’s apartment.  We had a drink there.  Rachel met us there later on.

Carmen, Rachel, Ivan and I went back to Carmen’s apartment.  Rachel said good night to us.  We thanked her for taking us around the city.  She’s such a sweet gal.  Carmen was headed to bed as well.


Ivan, me and Carmen

She’s friendly and very cool.  We said thank you and bye to Carmen.  It was another great couchsurfing experience in Bern.  It’s always great to meet cool locals.

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