After leaving Bern we travelled not far to the small Swiss village of Zweisimmen, where we stayed at Garbi BnB with a beautiful Swiss couple, Elsa and Peter, a dog, a cat and two goats.
We were there for 5 days for some rest and recovery from travelling and it was just what we needed.
The first thing we saw out of our bedroom window was a pair of goats staring back in at us. Magic!
We explored the village, and then went further afield. One evening we went higher up the mountain to an organ recital at the church in Lenk, which was amazing. The woman who played is really well known and she was incredible, playing renditions of Ava Maria.
Another day we went by train to Gstaad, which in winter must be jam packed with skiers, but was very quiet the day we were there, which was beautiful.
Went for a walk through the cow fields one day, to the local castle ruins, and met some local Swiss cows.
The highlight though was going with Elsa to Oberwil to meet the Swiss author and illustrator Peter Bergmann. I had bought two of his books with their stunning illustrations. His stories all feature local animals and are painted in oils. We saw some of his original work and he gave me some prints of pages of his books. He was a very funny man, even though he spoke no English, he chuckled away and made lots of jokes.
One night we had fondue with Elsa and Peter and it was divine. For a cheese lover there can surely be nothing better than a pot of cheese melted with wine and eaten with chunks of bread.
A sad day the day we left that little piece of heaven.