VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE PART 6, FALL 2016

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This is the town of Bern, Switzerland.  In Swiss, Bern means “bear.”  So, bears are a sort of mascot for the town.  It is said that the first settlers in 1191 a.d. agreed that the town would be named after the first animal they saw upon arrival, which happened to be a bear.  What if a skunk or and opossum had been the first?

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This little bear is on a bridge that goes over a bear pen, which is behind the fence.  We were told that there a three bears in there, by we didn’t see them since they were hibernating.

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I guess this guy’s wife wouldn’t let him smoke in the house.

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These are some of the views around the city.  The haze is fog.  It was cold and rainy that day.

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This violin shop was closed for the day.  I would have loved to go in and look around.

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A large Catholic Cathedral in Bern.

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Over the door of most of the Cathedrals, there were depictions of the Gospel.  Note the figures surrounding the people.  Below are close-ups of the above.

 

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The people on the right hand side are doomed to hell.  They are nude and appear to be suffering.  They are surrounded by fire demons.

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The people on the left are clothed and seem to be much happier and are surrounded by angels.  When these cathedrals, were built, most people could not read, and even if they could, there were hardly any books.  So, the plan of salvation is told by these figures.

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