Last Saturday Gabriella and I went to Basel, another city on my list to visit.
Basel sits right at the intersection of France, Germany and Switzerland.
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].
And then we passed a famous fountain, created by the Swiss artist Tinguely. He specialized in making working, moving machinery-like art.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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