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Just when I think I can read a couple of German words, I am told Thun is the name of a town and does not translate. Written as thun it translates to tuna.

Several Bridges Cross the Aare in Thun

Several Bridges Cross the Aare in Thun

But I have heard that a town that is NOT named Tuna is worth visiting and I can easily get there on the train.
When I got off the train, I found a nice walkway along the River Aare - yes, the same River Aare that I lived next to in Bern.
I spent the morning just walking and looking at the river and the lake.
A Local Lady Who Strolled the Aare with Me

A Local Lady Who Strolled the Aare with Me


Just a Nice Walk

Just a Nice Walk


More to See on the Walk

More to See on the Walk


More

More


I Like This Sailor andSail

I Like This Sailor andSail


Even Some Modern Sculpture

Even Some Modern Sculpture


The Headwaters of the Aare from Thun Lake

The Headwaters of the Aare from Thun Lake


Next on my agenda was a nice lunch. I'm in luck because there is a place where I am walking.

This Looks Like a Nice Place for Lunch

This Looks Like a Nice Place for Lunch


A Perfect Lunchtime View

A Perfect Lunchtime View


Now It's a Hotel What Was This Place

Now It's a Hotel What Was This Place


Wish I Knew the History of this Place

Wish I Knew the History of this Place


I'll Google This Name

I'll Google This Name


I'll Just Sit Here for a While and Knit

I'll Just Sit Here for a While and Knit


Guess I'd Better Go Look for History and Culture

Guess I'd Better Go Look for History and Culture


I continue walking in the area.

Painted or Real

Painted or Real


Here's an Old Church

Here's an Old Church


The Most Beautifully Austere Church Interior in Switzerland

The Most Beautifully Austere Church Interior in Switzerland


I asked some people how I would find the Panorama. The reply was, "Look around you. This IS the panorama."
I knew that a panorama was a specific style of painting a town in miniature; I had seen one when I worked in The Hague.
I saw a sign and found the Thun Panorama; The Hague might boast the world's largest, but Thun boasts it had the oldest - 1814.

Stairs to the Panorama

Stairs to the Panorama


You Can Get a Closer Look

You Can Get a Closer Look


The Schadua Was Built After This Panorama Was Painted

The Schadua Was Built After This Panorama Was Painted


Now I Want to Go See This Spot 200 Years Later

Now I Want to Go See This Spot 200 Years Later

I walked and rode the bus back to the town center. I was going to find the Kuntsmuseum.

Cross Over the Bridge

Cross Over the Bridge


I Don't Know Why The Waterflow of the Arre Is Controlled Here

I Don't Know Why The Waterflow of the Arre Is Controlled Here


Perhaps It Is So Folks Can River Surf

Perhaps It Is So Folks Can River Surf

I Find the Kuntsmuseum Thun

I Find the Kuntsmuseum Thun

I asked at the desk, "Why do so many towns have museums with the name Kunts?"
"Because kunts means art in English," was the answer.
"Oh," was my answer. I felt rather stupid but now I know one more word in German.

The Thun Kuntsmuseum exhibit was of Lorna Simpson, a Brooklyn artist. Must have been the kuntsmuseum in another town that displayed only Swiss modern artists. I decided to visit anyway.

My Favorite Lorna Simpson

My Favorite Lorna Simpson


Simpson Has a Bleu Series Also

Simpson Has a Bleu Series Also


A Stack of Ebony Mags Doesn't Do Much for Me

A Stack of Ebony Mags Doesn't Do Much for Me


Sitting Here and Listening to a Video of This Man Whistling for 5 Minutes Did Do Something for Me

Sitting Here and Listening to a Video of This Man Whistling for 5 Minutes Did Do Something for Me


So Simple But...She Exhibited an Entire Series

So Simple But...She Exhibited an Entire Series

The museum had originally been a hotel. Apparently, Thun was quite the vacation spot for the rich and famous from the 1850s until WWI.
The lady at the desk was interested in knowing about the place where I had lunch. She pulled a book from the shelf and translated the German for me. According to that book, a wealthy Swiss built the place 150+ years ago as a place for hosting the elite of the world. It might have also been a museum of gastronomy. Apparently, the architecture was panned at the time. He wanted to rival the medieval town castle.

Everything is starting to close for the evening. I'd better look around the town some more.

Looks LikeThat's Where all the Action Is

Looks LikeThat's Where all the Action Is


Clock Tower and Cafe Umbrellas

Clock Tower and Cafe Umbrellas


Out of a Fairy Tale

Out of a Fairy Tale


Surprise - Thun Has a  Real Castle

Surprise - Thun Has a Real Castle


One Last Photo in Thun

One Last Photo in Thun


Now I'll get on the train, return to Burgdorf, and give the cats dinner.

Posted by pscotterly 09:31 Archived in Switzerland Tagged thun

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