VISIT TO THE SALT MINES, BEX

According to the legend, a shepherd, in 1640, noticed his flock licking the rocks above le Bouillet and so the salt industry was born. The rock is gypsum, which is very absorbent; it was during the Triassic Period (180-220 million years ago), that the oceans evaporated creating an industry that was hugely important to the […]

Monthly Sunday Brunch 2021

BRA Romandie-East Region Members, were happy to meet up again for our regular Monthly Sunday Brunch this year after a break of 6 months due to Covid 19 restrictions. We had all missed our Full English breakfast which Zenhäusern bakery/tea-room/restaurant in Sierre serves up especially for us, accompanied by a glass of freshly pressed orange […]

National Summer Luncheon

Between rainy days and thunderstorms, the skies cleared for our Summer Luncheon at the beautiful Unique Hotel Innere Enge. Luckily for us we were able to eat out on the terrasse where we had a stunning view of Switzerland’s capital city and the Bernese alps. The same view Empress Josephine had when she visited in […]

LUNCH AT THE FORK & BOTTLE

Fish and Chips was perhaps the main attraction, but 22 of us also enjoyed a really good chat at  the british-run Fork & Bottle restaurant at Zurich Allmend.     Joanna introduced Victor Kary and we felt honoured that he must be one of our oldest BRA Members.  Joanna gave a brief summary of his extraordinary […]

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

We had a most enjoyable evening at the Hotel du Peyrou. Due to the bad weather instead of being in their beautiful gardens we were inside in one of their very impressive ornate rooms. Our Members really appreciating and enjoying our first event since lockdown. The loyal toast was proposed by our delightful Chairwoman, Angela […]

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Literally between thunderstorms and rain storms we celebrated the Queen‘s Birthday. Despite the cold we had a lovely get together rejoicing that we could once again be attending an event. Alan Chalmers proposed the loyal toast to the Queen and the Federal Council of the Swiss Federation and of course we also raised a glass […]

AN INFORMAL LUNCH AT THE CHATEAU DE PRANGINS

As a horribly long period of lockdowns and other constraints was gradually lifting and as summer was at last arriving, we seized upon the chance to hold our first lunch together for over one year. BRA Members and friends congregated outside the charming old restaurant that nestles inside the walls of this elegant 18th Century […]

QBP – Croquet & Picnic

Romandie-East members celebrated HM the Queen’s Birthday with its annual picnic and croquet competition in Sion. The standard of play has been raised this year by the recent establishment of “Croquet Valais Group” some of who are members of the Swiss Croquet association, this was evident as we watched some hard-fought matches. To make the […]

MUSINGS ON HAMLET BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

CHÂTEAU DE CHILLON On a beautiful, rain free evening, we watched this performance, in the knowledge that we would be entertained by the remarkable acting talent of the young cast in the Château’s courtyard, but overwhelmed with the question, what message this play sends. Hamlet is a complex character. He comes across as being self-obsessed […]