FOWC with Fandango: Edge

St. Urs 16.09.2018

Although it was 9 years ago, I have still not forgotten the day I decided to climb the stairs in our cathedral to the public lookout just below the spire. I was in town on my own, not really intending to go there, but had been thinking about it for some time. I even had high heels on, not the safe comfortable Sketchers that I seem to be permanently wearing today.

The public viewing platform was open and so I entered and began to climb the stairs. After all I was a London kid, and had been to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral so nothing could be worst. However, St. Pauls was something a little bigger than St. Urs, our local cathedral. Now and again I had to step sideways to fit my feet on the stairs. I realised I was nearly at the top when I passed by the belfry.

Belfry, St. Urs Cathedral, Solothurn

Even then I had my Panasonc camera with me and was taking photos, although with a shaking hand. It would be another 6 years until they discovered that I actually had MS, although I did not know myself. And so I could hear voices and I had reached the office at the top where the guy was waiting. I made quite a spectacular entry as my MS symptoms had probably decided to send out a signal and I actually stumbled into the room, causing the various pamphlets and postcards to fly from the table. I had probably reached my limit, but I was there. The guy at the table helped me to collect the scattered contents of the office and then I saw the cash till. That was really sly. You have to pay for the privilege of arriving, but only after you arrive and not before you start the journey.

Röti Bridge, River Aare, Solothurn

And now I could enter the outside on the viewing platform and take a few photos. Some brave people stand at the edge I did not. I was now a little shaky, but determined to take some souvenirs back with me. As this was a spur of the moment decision, before the day of having a mobile phone, nobody knew I was there. It was just I, me and myself. I remember standing supporting my back on the wall of the tower, not daring to step towards the edge.

I arrived home in one piece to tell Mr. Swiss all about it. I think his remark was “did you take any photos”. I did not tell him of my ordeal of course.

Today I have to think twice before climbing any stairs and choose the lift any time. Thank goodness my apartment is on ground level.

Solothurn - West

FOWC with Fandango: Edge

4 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango: Edge

  1. Wow the views from the church tower really are stunning … they present the town in a different way than when you are on the ground travelling around. It really is a large place. SLP

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  2. Even six years ago, I knew I’d never make it up that many steps. My back has been going for a long time. And finally, I have started using my chair to go up and down the stairs. There doesn’t seem to be any sense in struggling so hard when my hips and lower back simply don’t work anymore. I’m not too bad on flat ground as long as I go slowly. There’s not more hurrying or running these days.

    But you did it! I’m very impressed.

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    • And now it is just a memory. Today it would be impossible. I now belong to the ministry of funny walks. I have to have something for support. Hold onto a piece of furniture, my walker, or shopping trolley in the store, now I really need my car


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