Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Basel +



The route to and from Old Town is absolutely delightful. Buildings as old as from the 15th century line up to make a scenic route that looks like a set out of a Disney movie. Picture that scene in Beauty and the Beast (I know the film's set in France but we are sharing a French border here in Basel) when Belle rolls down town with her head under a book. Yeah, it's pretty much like that except that it is more spread out and with the architecture around you, the only book you'd be holding here is the one defining the history of this town. Take a look at these beautiful designs to see what I mean.











See what I mean. Also, this place is packing with museums; whether you be a lover of art, science, music, religion, furniture, paper or even doll-making, you name it; there is a museum of your fancy in this town.

















The city was absolutely beautiful in the summer. If it's too hot, you can take a dip in the Rhine, or end up quite far down the city if the current is too strong. On a serious note, do be careful about that, it happened to me. Felt my sweat being washed away by the water as I fought the current; was a weird sensation. The only thing that upset me during my stay in Basel was that I didn't get hit by a pok├ęball.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Basel



If you ever want to be in three countries at once, then Basel is where you might want to go to . The city's right between the borders of Switzerland, Germany & France. The best way I'd personally describe the place as is that it is quintessentially European. On one side of the Rhine, you've got a very modern setting, complete with skyscrapers, whereas the other side of the river boasts of classical buildings and architecture. Here, I've ordered the photos sequentially as I walked from Kleinbasel, the urban part of the city, to the Old Town in Grossbasel. And yes, those are people swimming in the Rhine in the 1st picture; appararently it's quite a big thing to do there every summer.




 







One great thing about staying at a hotel in Basel was that they gave out replacement tram tickets so that you didn't have to pay for tram transport (not sure if this is still valid though), which was very handy considering how very expensive the place is. A pint of beer costs 6 swiss francs, that too on the cheap side.






Last summer was all about Pokemon Go.



Some scenes upon entering Grossbasel.






Instead of walking down the bridge, you can also take a small boat to cross the river. The one we took had Nepali prayer flags which was pleasantly surprising as I always think that despite the immense economic and lifestyle differences in the two countries, both the Swiss and Nepali country landscapes are reminiscent of each other.





Through the Old Town. More in the next post!