Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Solothurn, Switzerland

 
Around 30 km East of Bern, on the banks of the river Aare, nestled beneath the Weissentein Jura Mountains lies the fairytale perfect town of Solothurn. With spires and onion domes, carvings and reliefs, Solothurn has beautiful and intricate details at every turn. I'll be sharing more of the details in another post but one of the thing that struck me was the roofs, as Solothurn rises from the Aare towards the mountain the view of roof tops and tiles at different heights creates a patchwork of tiles.
In the middle of December I spent a lovely day and night revelling in the finery of Switzerland's finest baroque town. Waking at 3am to get a taxi before 4am and then arriving in this cold, damp beautiful city was magical. It was thrilling to be somewhere so unexpected so suddenly.

The reason for my visit to this specific town that I'd never previously heard of, was due to my favourite band, Hanson, playing there. I've been overseas to see them play before but not for many years. There was also two different challenges for me. I'm currently trying to visit 30 countries by my 30th birthday and Switzerland had not been ticked off my list. I also wanted to go away completely by myself. I really like travelling but usually go with a friend or meet up with someone there, this time I planned everything by myself, though I did make friends when I was there.

5 comments:

  1. How enchanting... I have a not-so-secret dream of living there. Well, Europe in general, but I wouldn't mind Switzerland. ;)

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  2. Wow, the architecture is just beautiful! That is pretty ambitious travel plan 30 by 30 - I hope you can make it happen!

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  3. It looks like a beautiful place and magical at this time of year. Hope you enjoyed the gig. x

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  4. Gorgeous pictures! Makes me want to visit Switzerland :)

    Monica x
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