Basel

Last Saturday Gabriella and I went to Basel, another city on my list to visit.

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Basel sits right at the intersection of France, Germany and Switzerland.

Basel.

Basel- where the red A is.

We arrived quite early in the morning, having taken an early train in order to make the most of the day. Our first stop was at a theater [I don’t know specifics, but it was old and beautiful].

The old theater- old meets new with some modern art installations outside.

The old theater- old meets new with some modern art installations outside.

 

just some randon stranger i bumped into.

ooooh

ooooh

And then we passed a famous fountain, created by the Swiss artist Tinguely. He specialized in making working, moving machinery-like art.

The Tinguely fountain!

The Tinguely fountain!

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And then we went to the Cathedral, and then I took a small boat across the river, to the old part of the city. The boat was very cute, merely pulled across the river by a wire decorated with flags.

THE CATHEDRAL

THE CATHEDRAL

cathedral

cathedral

yeah just more photos

yeah just more photos

this is not a real bird

this is not a real bird

it had this lovely little spring garden courtyard in the middle

it had this lovely little spring garden courtyard in the middle

The Little Boat

The Little Boat

Views of both sides of Basel- the old town and the new

Views of both sides of Basel- the old town and the new

View form the boat

View from the boat

The 'old' part of Basel in the part that been around for hundreds of years-

The ‘old’ part of Basel is the part that been around for hundreds of years-

Ooh there was a boat with my name on it!

Ooh there was a boat with my name on it!

After that we went to visit Gabrielle’s brother for tea and crackers, and then went to the Tingley [the fountain guy] museum, which was amazing! It was mostly pieces of artwork from him- my favorite was the shadow room!

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DSC01556DSC01555DSC01554The shadow room- all the machines moved to create shapes and figures dancing on the ceilings and walls!
The shadow room- all the machines moved to create shapes and figures dancing on the ceilings and walls!

And there were a few other pieces of modern art by other artists- my favorite from those was undoubtedly the sticker room. When you entered you were given a sheet of stickers, and told to just stick them anywhere! I can think of quite a few kids who would have had a hell of a time there. Gabriella and I had quite a bit of fun too!

There were rows of stickers hanging from the shelves...

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The tv…obviously showing some very colourful programs!

Yes, I couldn't help it- I played a bit on the piano. Some of the keys were very stickered down!

Yes, I couldn’t help it- I played a bit on the piano. Some of the keys were very stickered down!

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Tinguely’s artwork was very interesting, mostly made from garbage and things that had been thrown away. They were all quite old [he made most of them in early second half of the 20th century, 50’s, 60’s and 70′, and some were amazingly delicate and intricate.

 

We could climb up on top of this and walk around...so cool!

 

Tinguely.

Tinguely.

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Made from old farming equipment.

This one played a tune every ten minutes- can you guess how?

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And then it was back to Gabriella’s brother’s tiny bohemian flat, where he cooked a delicious vegan dinner [Gabriella said she found it quite delicious- ‘und ohne Butter oder Rahm!’ ]

Gabriella stayed the night at her brother’s house, and cycled part of the way home on Sunday, but I took the late train back to Zurich. I would definitely recommend visiting some of the other museums in Basel- we didn’t have time, but there were some that sounded interesting- an old toy museum and so on. Basel is an industrial town, but there’s a lot of cultural aspects that stand out- it holds one of the biggest and most famous [broadcast on Swiss TV, even,] Fassnacht celebrations in Switzerland. The streets were still blanketed in confetti when we visited, and there were masks in every shop window.

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The Basel dialect is also very sweet and folkish. An elderly lady on the bus told me I had a ‘scheoene Haaertili’- a nice hat!

Until next time…Hannah x

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