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Neuchâtel (literally: New Castle in Old French) is the capital of the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel on Lake Neuchâtel. The city had as of December 2007 approximately 32,600 inhabitants, by and large French-speaking, although the city is sometimes referred to historically by the German name Neuenburg, which has the same meaning, since Prussia ruled the area until 1848.

Neuchatel is a really charming little town. It has a fantastic location: across the lake which reaches deep into the city center, you can admire amazing panorama of Alps.
I am not quite happy with the photographs which I took in this town but because I wanted to “send you a postcard” from Neuchatel I attempted to rescue one of them.

This photograph presents Place des Halles and in the centre you see Maison des Halles (16th century).

Actually I had an unpleasant situation down there in this very restaurant. I arrived in Neuchatel very hungry after the whole day of travel in the late evening. The personel spoke only French and when I tried to order in English or German it did not work. I tried to use hands for communication, as I did it successfully many times in Spain, Italy, Greece etc. In the end I left and ate at McDonalds. Similar thing happened to me when I tried to buy a postcard in a newsstand. There were few more similar situations. People refused to communicate, instead they were talking a lot in French in spite of me saying in French that I don't know this language and trying other languages. I was very much surprised because in the German speaking part of Switzerland people were very helpful and speaking many languages switching easily between them.

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