all too Thun: scenes from Switzerland

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Now that seemingly eternal January has concluded at last, my journey through the cold land of engaging architecture feels even more distant – but I can’t let it slip away completely without sharing my first continental castle photographs!

My family spent a misty Christmas in Bern(e), Switzerland, and although it proved too overcast for quality Alp-spotting, the architecture appeared hauntingly beautiful against the wintry skies. These scenes document our holiday day-trip to neighboring Thun, where teal water and gold trim glistened festively!

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A river (which I believe might be the Aare?) runs through Thun into the lake that shares its name: and charming covered bridges facilitated our crossings.

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I could make a separate blog devoted exclusively to all my (potentially unnecessary) duck photographs!

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Thun Castle enchanted me from first glance: when I spotted it wedged between the roofs of otherwise normal buildings. Its sleek twelfth-century design and haunting towers place it within the coveted top five of my favorite castles!

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This elegant, stately building naturally reminded me of the Grand Budapest Hotel aesthetic.

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As did the periwinkle and peach Schadau Castle, come to think of it!

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I’ll leave you with a tragic, contemplative scene: had the fog not overwhelmed us, this probably would have been a stunning Alp lakescape. On the bright side, it does have a quiet splendor of its own – and now I have an excuse to come back in the summer!

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