Published: April 23rd 2009April 23rd 2009
Farms with critters
The grounds are alive with animals, to exhibit a rural atmosphere.
Four days of straw-hat knotting in Ballenberg was followed by an extra day to explore the grounds of the museum, which is truly amazing. I imagine the grounds to be about 100 acres, laid out over a series of footpaths. It makes for a very pleasant stroll. And there are numerous active demonstrations along the way of folk crafts, such as cheese making, iron working, meat smoking, etc. And there are several fitting cafes interspersed, (but no MacDonalds, of course).
Last night I was offered a ride to Aargau, where I want to visit a straw museum, by a couple I met at dinner. (Initially I had declined after learning the timing was too tight; but I then learned the museum was open Sunday, so I accepted the offer.) More about this surprise turn of events in the next installment. We left Ballenberg (in the Interlaken area) for Lucerne and points north-west Saturday afternoon in a car full of riders.
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