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Dec 27, 2018 - To Basel

Thursday 27th: To Basel This morning we disembarked from the Crystal Debussy after a light breakfast. Our ten days on board had been delightful and we could not fault any aspect of the cruise. Another one looks highly likely! The flight to Basel was very comfortable in first class and we arrived at lunch time. We had booked a different hotel from the others, the Nomad Lifestyle and Design Hotel, which was very modern and funky. We did not want to waste any time seeing Basel so set out on foot for the centre. We soon came to the Basel...

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Dec 15, 2018 - Basel

Arrived in Basel yesterday afternoon. Got to our hotel around 3 and went exploring. The weather was around 32 - 34 degrees, but no rain or snow. We walked across the bridge into the old town which was beautifully decorated. We walked around and ran into the Xmas market. We discovered Gluwein (the Swiss version of hot mulled wine) which is delicious when it is so cold outside. It comes in a mug that you pay for, but can return and get your money back or keep and pay for refills only. We of course kept them for refilling. We found a charming...

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Jun 28, 2018 - Crossing Switzerland

Day 2 of this adventure started pretty easy. I woke up early, gathered my stuff, and snuck out of my AirBnB room. I would have liked to say goodbye, but no one seemed to be up and I didnt want to wake them. Grabbed a danish and coffee at a nearby cafe and set Google Maps to look for Liechtenstein. The only challenge with he drive through France was all the construction. It’s like they suddenly decided it is time to fix every stinking road in the whole country. Google tried to route me around some bad traffic jams. In one case, I could see...

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PK to Europe 2018

Jun 24, 2018 - Boarding the S.S. Antoinette

This was a “down” day as we could sleep as late as we wanted before our 11:00 transportation from the hotel to the riverboat. The S.S. Antoinette was the first “super ship” in the Uniworld fleet. It is over 400' long and will accommodate 154 passengers. On this trip, there is only 125 so you can actually get to know some of the other passengers. Most are from the USA but there are Canadians, Australians and others. After arriving at the boat we took a short walk, had lunch and then took it easy on the sundeck until the rooms were ready. An...

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Jun 23, 2018 - Exploring Basel, Switzerland

We arrived in Basel around 10:30 and left our luggage at our hotel while we explored the old part of the city which starts just across the street from our hotel. We each received a Basel Card which lets us use any public transportation (trams, bus) free. So with map of old city and transportation map, off we went! Back before our calendar began, Basel had already been occupied by the Celts. In 30 B.C. the city's strategically favorable position led the Romans to station its military forces on the hill now occupied by the cathedral. One key...

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Jun 15, 2018 - Basel to Zurich

After my big art day in Basel yesterday I came to a realisation: 1: yes, things are expensive in Switzerland; 2: my ICOM pass is being accepted at all museums here. So here was a chance to make the most of a situation. After checking out of the hotel, I caught the very efficient and clean tram to The Jean Tinguely museum and enjoyed the current exhibition Too early to Panic by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger which was set up a three-part, labyrinthine cabinet of curiosities between nature and artificiality. It was very...

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Helen in Europe

Jun 14, 2018 - Bern to Basel

Switzerland has many a reputation: for being expensive - yes; for being politically neutral - yes 'I'm Switzerland' opined Bella in Twilight when being fought over by her two brooding male protagonists. There is also much misunderstanding about where the country stands in terms of its position in Europe. It is part of the Schengen but not part of the EU. They speak French, Italian and German, sometimes in the one sentence Confused? One thing they always excel at though is precision in terms of public transport - trams and trains run on...

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Helen in Europe

Dec 11, 2016 - Basel to river cruise

Sleep in - YES! Time for a walk into the old city. Lunch - Spinachstrudel watching a Jazz band. Stroll time then tram back to the hotel, collect suitcases and then onto find the docking point for my next adventure. River cruise on the Amadeus Silver Basel to Cologne. Warm on boat - YES Dinner & snooze time. Cya tomorrow.

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Where is Shirley?

Dec 10, 2016 - Lucerne sightsee then off to Basel

Making up for yesterday. Lion monument - very moving Glacier Gardens - interesting Bourbaki Panorama Back to the Rosengart collection to check out the Chagalls and some great photos of Picasso. Few churches Walk along the lake weaving over & back along the many bridges incl the Chapel bridge. Then grab a train to Basel. Basel - Couldn't resist the Cartoon Museum - YES, laughing out loud. Then followed the locals to the Xmas markets - I think the biggest yet. Rosti and mulled wine for tea. Navigate the trams in the dark - Thank goodness...

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May 25, 2015 - Day 16 - Zug playing computers

Day 16 - Monday 25th May - Computers in Zug Today is another weather repeat - cloud and rain. The poor horses are still jumping in the rain, but they were all finished by late afternoon, then the process of disassembling everything started. Brett has been working on his Mac combining two photos databases over the last 4 days and that has kept him busy (45,000 + pics). Ron uploaded photos off his iPhone today and corrupted the iPhoto database on the the laptop so has spent much of the day “playing” with that. Grandma has played dollies and...

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Swiss Trip 2015

May 24, 2015 - Day 15 - Basel Zoo

Day 15 - Sunday 24th May - Basel Zoo It is a little clouded over today - possibly more like a heavy haze. We decided to all go to the Basel Zoo. Logistics is a bit tricky - Brett’s car will only take 5 max, so Gma and Gpa are going to go by train and meet them at the zoo. Travel times are about the same for both car and train so that’s a help. There was a good variety of animals and the structures would suggest that the zoo has been going for a long time. Some areas They are currently undertaking a massive rebuild of the elephant enclosure...

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Swiss Trip 2015

Apr 28, 2014 - Rhine tour begins

Flights from Boston and Heathrow OK; arrived Basel about noon; bus transfer to ship right there at airport; tour of Basel 1:30-3:00; dinner at 7 with 2couples from UK. Very impressed with ship; left Basel and have traveled thru three locks so far (10:30pm German time). Great meal; so far, so good! Monday we toured Black Forest and in afternoon, Colmar, a medieval town dating to 14th century (buildings). Tonight we will walk in Breich.

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