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Published: June 12th 2009
Just a taste of the style of buildings in St Gallen, very Swiss!
We arrived at St Gallen and jumped on bus number 3, we stayed on the bus for 6 stops and then Aunty Alice was there at the bus stop waiting for us. We walked back to her place, which was literally 2 minutes. Thank god she had a lift to the fourth floor as my legs were still killing me from the walk down the hill in Locarno with flip flops on. We put our stuff away, had a quick chat and then had a traditionally Swiss meal called Raclett. This involves heating up cheese on little trays and then drizzled it over our vegetables. We sat up and waited for Oliver ( Alice’s son ) to come home from work, had a quick chat then went to bed.
The next day Alice & Oliver went to work and Scott and I caught the bus to the city. We went to the famous St Gallen Cathedral which was absolutely spectacular. The ceiling had alfresco paintings of swirling angels and biblical stories. The organ is definitely one of the biggest I have ever seen in my life. We walked around the church and took some photos, Scott said
So on the side of this house is a mural of death coming for a princess or queen. Interesting....
a little prayer and then we went to the famous library but unfortunately didn’t go in because they were charging 10 francs per person. So we wandered around the streets took some photos then caught the bus back to Alice’s place. We then updated our blog, checked emails and then waiting until Alice finished work then Reudi picked us up and took us to their caravan down at the lake.
The caravan is only 15 minutes drive from down town. From their caravan you can look across the lake to Germany and Austria. The moment we arrived, I could just feel all of the stress of travelling just slip away. Reudi got the BBQ fired up for dinner, Alice got some salad ready and we sat around under the stars and had a fantastic meal. Next morning, Scott got up early and went for a swim in the heated pool. It was about 20 degrees, but because it was so windy it felt a lot colder. Reudi said that the weather was a little unusual because normally the winds don’t come from across the lake. We all had something to eat then the guys went for a bike ride
There's a pretty impressive cathedral in St Gallen, the paintings on the ceiling are quite unique.
for a few hours, they rode 10klms from the German border. Alice and I rode into town, looked around the charity shops then did some grocery shopping. We all arrived back at the caravan around the same time. Reudi fired up the BBQ again, we ate dinner then play gin rummy until bed time.
Alice and I went for a swim in the morning and it was very cold. It only started to feel nice after about 5 laps. We sunbathed for a little while whilst Reudi went to the bakery and got breakfast for us all. We all just hung around in the morning, read our books, chatted, I feed the baby ducklings then after lunch we went for a long bike ride to the Austrian border. We rode through some farm lands, up some hill tops then down to the lake for an ice-cream. When we got back to the caravan we all felt fantastic, nothing like earning your dinner. Alice had prepared some tiramisu the day before so I couldn’t wait for dessert. After dinner, I read my book, Reudi stayed up chatting with Alice and Scott then went to bed once they started telling ghost
Another shot of the cathedral from inside.
stories. I am pretty sure he was just tired, not scared :o)
I got up early and went for a swim in the not so heated pool. It took me about 8 laps before I could get sensation in my fingers. I tried to sunbath after the swim but it was just too windy and I was really cold. That is definitely the Aussie in me. Reudi got us croissants again for breakfast and we all enjoyed sitting in the sun over watching the lovely lake. There was a zeppelin in the sky that flew across the lake from Germany which was quite unusual, as I have never seen one this big before. We all just lazed around again, read our books, Reudi had his traditionally morning nap in the sun. Alice went for a swim and then we had lunch and slowly started to pack up and then headed back to St Gallen as we had to catch a train to Zurich to catch our flight to London. On the way to the train station we stopped briefly at Victoria’s place, met her boyfriend Roman, the boys had a quick beer and then we headed off to the
If you look up you can see a story painted on the ceiling, and some of the characters have a plaster foot that sticks out of the painting to make it more 3d, pretty cool.
train station. We sadly had to say goodbye to family again and with the Swiss efficiency, our train left at exactly 16:48 as per scheduled. We arrived in Zurich, the train stops at the airport which is very handy. We had a quick bite to eat and started to make our way to our gate. The plane left on time, as expected and we arrived in London at about 20:30.
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