Although I was born a Londoner from the East End, I have been living in Switzerland for the last 40 years. After two years in Zürich I went to the town of Solothurn and have been living in and around the town for the last 38 years. My husband and I lived in Solothurn for 28 years and for the last 10 years we moved a kilometer down the road to the village of Feldbrunnen, but as towns grow Feldbrunnen is really just around the corner tp Solothurn. I am not going into historical details with dates and all that, as you can find what you need on our good old Internet. I just happened to take a couple of photos this week on a rainy day and these are the results.
First of all we have our cathederal, the St. Ursen. Solothurn is a catholic town - very useful for getting more holidays during the year, so we have a cathederal, very old. My youngest son even sung with the choirboys before his voice broke and went on a couple of international trips with them.
If you go down towards the left you arrive at the following building.
Known as the Landhaus, it is mainly used for exhibitions, concerts and lectures. Inside very roomy with a stage. The annual literature days are held there when Solothurn invites Swiss writers to read from their works or introduce their books. Although not only Swiss, but it can sometimes get quite international. Mainly books in German, French and Italian (3 of our 4 national languages) but now and again might get the odd English writer. It is also used for the annual film days, also mainly Swiss Films, but now and again you get the odd personality turning up. Two years ago Maximillian Schell was here (Swiss actor, but internationally known). This building also burnt down once - according to my other half around 1955, but was built again.
So that was a short and sweet tour of the town where I live and have sort of got to love over the past years. Of course, not everything is so perfect. We also have our share of drug dealers, dodgy types and layabouts, but today they just belong to our civilisation. The place lives and that is the main thing.