Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Photos and Stories behind them: In the Motorway Tunnel

Tunnel on motorway Biel-Solothurn

We were on a trip to a place called Biel, which is about 20-25 minutes from the town of Solothurn, our local town. I am not a motorway person. Actually I only drive if I have to, although I am not too bad at it. I just was not born with motor oil in my veins, prefer the unspoiled open air.

So we departed. The special thing about this was that at the time this was one of the last stretches of speedy Gonzales road to be completed in Switzerland. It is a small country, and so care is necessary to ensure that you are not living in a country of roads with a few houses in between. It was my first trip on this new motorway. There were tunnels and bridges. Everything new and shiny. There were shields showing when you were leaving a particular Kanton (State) and entering a new one. As our journey was a short one, beginning in the Kanton of Solothurn and finishing in the Kanton of Bern, there was no big deal.

Mr. Swiss was driving and I was the photographer. It was all so new and exciting I suppose. It was a nice motorway, considering what it must have cost. There was a lot of tunnels built as otherwise a few hundred cows would have been crossing now and again and the cows decided they were not moving for a motorway. They built a nice new bridge near the town of Grenchen, which was about half way on the journey. A sort of lookalike golden gate Bridge, but without San Franciso and the water flowing below. Anyhow a memorable photo  as you cross the State line to the Kanton of Bern.

Motorway Biel-Solothurn at Grenchen


  1. If only the roads here were that empty....or did you just catch it on a very quiet day?

    1. This was probably mid afternoon with no rush hour traffic, otherwise we have our fair share as well.