Unless you are a skier, there's no better time to visit Switzerland than the few weeks before Christmas. We started in the capital city of Bern, ended in Basel, and sandwiched Zurich in between. All three cities were bright with sparkling lights, alive with Christmas Markets, and full of the all-around positive vibe that is Christmas in Europe. The train ride from to Bern took us right over - and sometimes through - the Alps. Our shots from the train window do no justice to the views. On the train we lunched on a 1/2 bottle of Barbera d'Alba and a couple of "Kebab Piadini" (gyro roll-ups) and passed the time chatting with three travelers from St. Louis who were gushing about sites they'd seen in Germany.
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