Bridges are surely one of the best inventions in the world, they are time-saving and practical alternatives to travelling by boat. Some of our most iconic images are of bridges: the Golden Gate shrouded in fog, Sydney Harbour with it’s sturdy arch, Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland made famous by the Harry Potter films, Charles Bridge with it’s fairytale appeal and Tower Bridge, an instantly recognizable emblem of London. It’s hard to imagine a world without bridges.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland, famous in Harry Potter films

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Bridges are more than just a way to connect two points, they are also a way of connecting people and cultures, and as in the case of Istanbul, they can even connect two continents. They are an opportunity for architects and engineers to collaborate on a beautiful structure that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. In some cases like that of the rebuilding of Mostar’s famous old stone bridge they can bring people together and help heal old hurts. The famous Bosnian bridge (designed by renowned Turkish architect Mimar Sinan) had stood for 427 years until it was destroyed in the 1990s Bosnian conflict, after which the international community came together to rebuild this famous landmark using local materials and Ottoman construction techniques. The reconstructed Old Bridge is a symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural and ethnic communities.


Cheese and Chocolate?: Lets go for first-class beauties

So…after having been part of a quick beer tour to Belgium and been surrounded by many Swiss people, I could not resist the idea of visiting the land of chocolate and cheese.

That was when I decided to book a four day trip to Switzerland, and made two hotel reservations, I would stay two nights in Z├╝rich and two in Lucerne. Oh oh, Lucerne, you need to visit this city, I now do understand why they call it a fairy city and one of the most beautiful places in the world.

the alps

Let me tell you, the least thing I ended up doing was eating chocolate and grabbing some different types of cheese. I was so delighted and impressed by all the beauties Switzerland has to offer that I did not want to lose a millisecond.

It is impressive how you can be exploring a new city and be surrounded by The Alps, amazing lakes, fairy tale constructions and people from all over the world. Yes, believe it or not, no matter how expensive the country is said to be, it is what they call “multi-culti”, full of people from all over the world.

And a very important detail, it is so easy to get to the different cantons while you travel in first class trains. Definitely: Swiss made!