Basel & Bern by Train – Part 2, Bern

After visiting Basel we caught the train back to Bern, the capital of Switzerland.

As an Australian it is often hard to understand how small some countries in Europe are. Switzerland is about a 6th the size of the state of Victoria. Despite this, Switzerland is broken up into cantons, which are somewhere between a local council and a state.

The bear is a symbol of Bern, the capital of Switzerland.

Continue reading “Basel & Bern by Train – Part 2, Bern”

Getting to Lausanne

We arrived in Lausanne by train from Nîmes, with a change in Dijon. While travelling by train is much more dignified that travelling by air, and you get to see where you are travelling, there is the down side of you taking your luggage with you. In Dijon we found a small waiting area to sit with our bags. Inside the station was a piano, the public were encouraged to play it.

Continue reading “Getting to Lausanne”

CERN

Early in organising this trip I was eager to visit CERN. I knew they had guided tours of the facility, and they were free, you just needed to book them. Each day at about 4:30PM AEDT / 08:30AM CET they open up spots on the tours to book 2 weeks in advance. At the sametime they also open up spots for tours for that same day if they have any spots free.

Within minutes all the tours are booked out.

The Globe of Science and Innovation

I set a reminder on my phone, and took my laptop to work – not trusting the incredibly expensive corporate internet connection, instead relying on my phone’s 4G. As with most work days I got distracted by something around 4:28PM and by the time I had refreshed the CERN website to see what tours were available all the spots were taken.

Despite this I was determined, and logged in most days to keep an eye on the numbers.

Continue reading “CERN”