We made a short overnight visit to St. Gallen, a pretty little town in the eastern edge of Switzerland. We were there for an evening banquet, hosted by my professor host at the University of St. Gallen, and stayed overnight so we could explore the town the next day. We spent a few hours to stroll the history ‘old town’, the famous Abbey of St. Gall, and its Christmas markets. Unfortunately the library at the Abbey was closed for cleaning, but we enjoyed their small museum about the this thousand-plus year-old archive of documents. (“Since 1983 the whole remaining abbey precinct has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”) The old town has many beautiful half-timber buildings and oriels, elaborate multistory bay windows. Many of the squares and streets had stalls selling crafts and Christmas wares, and in one square we encountered three old men playing music on their alphorns. Fascinating!
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