La Neuveville is a small town in the French-speaking Bernese Jura region, not far from the Swiss-French border. The oldest archaeological finds show that the town area has been settled since the Bronze Age and Roman ruins have also been found (not surprisingly - the Romans were everywhere!) The town was first mentioned specifically in civic records of 866 AD. We stayed with friends Monika and Marius Andrey and their 4 children Lucille, Leonie, Damian and Jonas. We first met them in about 2002 when they were travelling in Australia on their honeymoon and we have watched as their family has grown.
|We stayed in the Andrey's apartment block on the right of this picture.|
One of 3 remaining towers of the old town wall is opposite their house.
|Not quite on top of the world, but it felt like it!|
|Judy with our wonderful hosts.|
|Fog in the valley|
|Paragliders hike up from the car park below the crest to reach their launching site.|
|Time to show that we had spotted some snow. We would see much more later.|
|The soldier at the fountain looks out over fog in La Neuveville's old town.|
|Foggy night in La Neuveville.|
The Helvetian Celts had a settlement there before Roman occupation began in about 15 BC. As a Roman town it reached a population of about 20,000. Their amphitheatre / arena is still there as one of the town's prized attractions.
|Avenche's Roman amphitheatre in the fog.|
After admiring the amphitheatre which could seat about 20,000 people (the whole city) we walked around a section of the old town which encompassed buildings spanning a few hundred years.
|More frost than snow on the bushes. It was cold!|
|The town still has some sections of the medieval wall.|
|It's not a badly exposed photograph - it really was this dark and gloomy.|
|A frosty spider's web|
|"Les Brasseurs" brewery and restaurant, Neuchatel|
|All of the Swiss towns and cities we have visited have decorated fountains.|
Most have a central column topped by a soldier or noble knight.
The rampant lion with the city's coat of arms makes this one different.
|This fountain has the more usual knight on top of the column. He's not|
holding a birdcage - that's part of the Christmas decorations right beside him.
|The fountain and all of the column. Very|
typical sort of feature in Swiss towns.
|Typically wandering back streets in Neuchatel.|
|Part of the castle which sits above the old town of Neuchatel.|
|Streets in Neuchatel|
|When we last visited Neuchatel (August 2009) it was a bright sunny|
day and we enjoyed the view of the city from the old castle.
On this visit at times we could hardly see the castle through the fog.
|Yes, another soldier on the column of a fountain.|
|Turning back the clock to August 2009|
The family has grown since then.
|Turreted window on "Maison Halles"|
|The Andrey family warming up. Jonas checks Lucille's hot chocolate.|
|"Cafes au Moka" (beneath the corner window) in the|
"Maison des Halles", Place des Halles, Neuchatel.
|Christmas decorations in Place des Halles|
|An attractive bank building in Neuchatel|
|The shore of Lake Neuchtel in the foggy twilight.|
|One of many attractive buildings facing the lake|
Paul and Judy