Nantes to Budapest - Sue and Peter's Tale travel blog

Basel

Even Bigger Barge

No-Power Ferry

Sue & Jill

Swimming the Rhin

My bad navigation

Quick puncture repair

Students lunching on the Rhine


Day 26 May 23rd

Basel.

Some 1700 kilometres done - sounds pretty impressive. We spent the next 2 nights in David's attic Batchelor pad in the heart of the city. He has recently taken on a years contract with one of pharmaceutical firms in the city. We know David and Jill as they one road away from us at home and Jill and Sue talk whilst walking the dogs. Sadly with Meg gone that has not happened for a while. Jill was out checking that David was being a good boy. Very impressed with the City, which we saw in its best light with delightful summer weather. The old centre with its street cafes, the majestic Rhin, even at this stage in its journey to the sea, the abundant trams and its very cosmopolitan nature gave it a very European feel. Two things will remain in my memory. Firstly, the no-power ferry. Attached to a static hawser that crossed the river some 15m above the water the ferry used the river flow to allow it to tack back and forth across the river - very neat. Secondly, the tradition of swimming the Rhin - now a tourist activity as well. Clothes are stashed in a waterproof and inflated bag and the adventurer enters the at one of the city bridges and floats a



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