time, we entered the gates of Murten, a name derived from the Celtic moriduno, which means “lakeside fortress.”
As you might’ve guessed, it overlooks a lake—Lake Murten, to be exact. Unlike
the Ville Close in France, this fortified city does not pride itself on
gelato. Instead, it sells tourist junk and some antiques…maybe I was hoping for
gelato. I’m not sure if it’s better to turn these amazing relics into cheesy
tourist traps or to just let it exist as a normal habitat for everyday people. I’m
sure there’s a balance in there somewhere.
|Typical Murten house||
|Police station with snazzy window shudders|
|Of course they've adorned their windowsills with dwarf statues. Of course they have.|
|A lawn-moving robot. The second, I'll mention, that we've seen in Switzerland...|
|Atop the fortification itself|
|Views from within|
After Murten's fortification in 1013, at least eight different kings/counts/whatever jockeyed for ownership of the town. Who doesn't want a lakeside fortress, really? It was the trophy wife of fortresses—but a trophy wife who happens to have a mean judo chop. Its devoted citizens didn't like all this change and resisted whenever possible. Finally in 1377, it became a “free imperial town,” and kept itself out from under that imperial rule stuff, preferring state rule under Bern and Fribourg, the latter of which it is still a canton of today.
|Looking up at Murten from the lakeside||
|The attackers probably just wanted to come enjoy the view|
|Overlooking the town from the outskirts of the wall||
|I spy something reddish-brown|
When we returned home after such an exhausting tourism session, the best thing to do was obviously to go sit by the lake, so that’s precisely what we did.
|Back at Martine & Partice's|
Next up: FONDUE
and stay tuned!
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