Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Glockenspiel

We broke off our tour of the farm, jumped into the cars and headed into downtown Berne, hoping to arrive in time to watch the characters parade around the clock tower at noon.  We arrived in time and following the tolling of the twelfth "bong" of the clock, the glockenspiel started.  The doors opened and the parade began.  It was interesting, and of course in our twentieth century mindset we were speculating as to the cost to the city to provide such a lovely park for our enjoyment.

, After the parade completed its second loop, the doors closed and we drove a few blocks down the street to a quaint little cafe/antique store where we put on the feedbag.  The coupon in the tourists' brochure enabled us to procure two meals for the price of one.  Trust me; people who've crossed the threshold of three score and ten delight in this sort of thing.

Following our lunch we returned to the farm.  Our docent had waited patiently for our return and we immediately set out to complete our tour.  After the barn and the log cabin, this camper had reached his maximum capacity for touring, so he repaired to the vehicle where he immediately fell into his postprandrial nap.  Fortunately while it was not cool, it was comfortable.  Soon enough the rest of the crew arrived and we headed back to the park with only one stop, and that at the cheese factory.  The product really isn't any cheaper than it is in your local supermarket, but the variety is amazing, and tourists love this sort of thing. 






8 comments:

Shelly said...

I hope we have many days like this when we retire. It sounds like pure bliss, even down to the early afternoon nap.

Grace said...

A cheese factory? My husband would love that - Central Park has a wonderful clock that chimes the hour and lots of whimsical animals come out and whirl around ...

Vee said...

Some very beautiful architecture!

vanilla said...

Shelly, I wish you days like that in your future. The nap is no longer a luxury, but a necessity!

Grace, more varieties of cheese than I can ever sample. Perhaps some day I shall get to visit Central Park. Though I was twice in the City, I never had that pleasure.

Vee, not only on this plaza, but many impressive buildings in the town.

Sharkbytes said...

Looks like a really interesting place.

vanilla said...

Shark, that it is.

Lin said...

How FUN!! I like the nap part too, though. :)

vanilla said...

Lin, while it may be that there is "no such thing as too much fun"
it is the case that the nap may be an essential part of the fun.