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    • Day40

      Fünf Fotos-Basel Day 2

      May 23 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      "Today is Monday. If you don't know that the whole system might fall apart. " This was a leading quote on a wall art installation by a 32 year-old Swiss artist named Yoan Mudry that we noticed on our walk back to the hotel this evening. http://yoanmudry.com/) For the last quarter-century Kunsthalle has been commissioning art installations. Mudry's work was clever and provocative. A number of pieces caused a few laugh out loud moments for us while others were a bit more sobering.

      I am finding the combination of retirement and vacation as causing the abstraction of what Monday meant to me for decades of school and work. I do hope that my lack of orientation will not disrupt the system. 😆 On second thought, perhaps we would all be better off with a disruption.

      We launched the day after a light breakfast at the hotel with a river walk along the Rhine. Jim C proposed that we do it earlier in the day as the air was quite muggy, and hadn't yet begun to heat up. Initially, we thought we would walk up the river a bit and then cross the bridge to Altstadt GrossBasel (Old Town).

      We decided instead to stroll to a outcropping on the river where the borders of Switzerland,Germany,and France meet known as the Dreiländereck. On the way, we passed several moored river cruise ships including one from the company that will be hosting our Rhine cruise on Wednesday. It was pretty fun to see the boat up close and to dream about our upcoming adventure.

      When we arrived at the Dreiländereck, it was pretty fun getting email assurance alerts from my phone service noting my presence in new countries and my continued coverage. While we enjoyed the novelty of standing in the three countries, I want to share an observation from my friend Adin after seeing our FB selfie:

      "During my Berlin student days on a summer break, I visited a park where the boundaries of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany intersected.

      I recall watching the birds flit from one “nation” to another. That's when I learned the lesson that the powerful fabricate national borders. Schengen's gone a long way towards making them much, much less relevant."

      Thank you, Adin. It's a good reminder that there are too many artificial constructs that polarize us.

      I want to share a few impressions of Basel that we absolutely love.

      First, when we arrived at the hotel last night, we were handed a Basel card that gives us free access on all public transportation. The reduction of car traffic and a well-networked transit system has a clear impact on the carbon footprint as well as just making the city quieter. It was a Monday, and the whole day was tranquil.

      Second, we see many examples where something old isn't an abandoned eyesore, but a repurposing of something beautiful. Metal containers became raised bed planters planted with wildflowers along the riverwalk. Another example that we discovered on the way to the Dreiländereck was a temporary use area of all kinds of salvaged structures ranging from old ships to freight containers. While the area is only open on the weekend, it was a marvelous collection of restaurants, lounges and dance venues. There were many creative venues, and I'm sorry that we'll miss seeing them in action.

      Third, the city is immaculate. One can sense collective pride and welcoming to locals and visitors alike.

      On our return trip we noticed incoming thunderheads and lightning from afar. Rather than retracing our steps, we took the metro back and we stopped at a local bookstore. It was a good thing because the skies let loose with torrents of rain and dramatic bolts of lightning. While many were not prepared for the downpour, I noticed the general amusement of the people who embraced the rain with shrieks of laughter and resignation as they sought shelter. We waited for the rains to subside, grabbed some lunch and shopped for a few shirts before heading back to the hotel. As we were walking back, we noticed a small ferry boat latched to an overhead cable to help navigate a river crossing amidst the swift current.

      After a long nap, we headed out to a tiny gay bar and watched the people riding their bikes and walking. We couldn't help notice the number of adults riding bikes with cello cases strapped to their backs as they rode up hill as well as many children with stringed instrument cases who were accompanied by their parents as they walked together to their destinations.

      We grabbed a burger and fries at a local restaurant and on the way home after dinner we found the art installation previously mentioned.

      Happy Monday! (I'm just doing my part to preserve the system for one more week.) 🤣
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    • Day41

      Fünf Fotos-Basel Day 3

      May 24 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      We enjoyed a laid-back day today. Jim C headed to the laundromat so that our clothes would be ready for our river cruise launch tomorrow. When he returned back to the hotel, he remarked, "It turns out that the first stop was a dry cleaners so I went to France to do the laundry instead. " 🇫🇷 It is a bit surreal to cross the border without it being a convoluted checkpoint.

      Yesterday I remarked about us receiving a complimentary Basel Card that gives us free access on all public transportation. An additional perk of the card is discounts to a number of area attractions. We opted to take a trip to the Zoologischer Garten Basel (Basel Zoo) and when we arrived we learned that our admission price had a 50% discount with the card.

      It was almost as fun to watch the families and school children at the zoo as the animal exhibits. It felt a bit unusual to be at the zoo without Olive as we frequently take her there. Overall, the zoo made for a nice stroll. One of the exhibits had nutria, a rodent that resembles a beaver. When I looked at the geographical map showing the distribution of this species in South America- they forgot Oregon. I knew that nutria are an invasive species in Western Oregon as they were released in the wild decades ago.

      After the zoo, we went to the Markthalle, an open food market and seating area with an extensive cuisine representation. Jim opted for Pad Thai, and I had a Vietnamese noodle dish. I think we were both feeling a bit homesick for take-out back home.

      As we were leaving, I noticed the proximity of booths representing countries typically in conflict, and it served as yet another reminder about building bridges across cultural and political divides.

      Given our ample lunch, we opted to skip dinner and instead have a beer and people watch near a traffic circle. In contrast to traffic circles in Italy where it's a "me-first" mentality without attention to any other rules, Basel seems like a choreographed cooperation dance. It was fun to watch bikes, scooters, cars, busses and pedestrians looking out for each other. In particular any pedestrian approaching a crosswalk is given right-of-way without exception.

      I'm getting ready to call it a night with a cool breeze beckoning me to sleep.

      Gute Nacht, Freunde und Familie.
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      Traveler

      Good night Rick Steves, sweet dreams 💖🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤

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    • Day39

      Fünf Fotos-Basel Day 1

      May 22 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      After one last filling breakfast at IL Segreto de Pietrafetta, we offered a grateful farewell to the staff who really made us feel at home the last ten nights.

      Today was mostly a travel day as we needed to get from Firenze to Basel, Switzerland.

      Our first leg of the journey was in returning our rental car with the added twist of navigating several street closures in Florence due to some kind of race event.

      I think that Jim C was very happy to relinquish the car as he was tasked with being the chauffeur extraordinaire. We walked a few blocks to the station and found our first leg of the travel: a two-hour fast train from Firenze to Milano. We rode coach for this leg of the journey to conserve some Euros. It was a bit crowded, but the trip was smooth and on time. We noticed that most of this segment was through rural northern Italy. It was pleasant, and less dramatic than the Tuscan hills. We arrived in Milano with about a 50-minute layover.

      I was really looking forward to this next leg of the trip as the path from Milan to Zurich goes through the Italian Alps and navigates around many beautiful lakes. We had a slight upgrade on this part, and I thought we might have a little more space.

      I was dead wrong about that.

      We ended up in a set of two pairs if seats facing each other- Jim and I at the window and two younger women whose expressions and body language for the next three hours exuded their displeasure that we were their "neighbors" The woman next to Jim removed a few layers of clothing and juggled some massive shopping bags. My "neighbor" turned her back to me, and the only words she uttered was to ask me to shift so the she had better access to the phone charging outlet. Meanwhile, Jim's new found friend decided to sit sideways in her chair with the delusion that somehow she would contain herself to her seat. I know that I'm giving this way too much energy. We were just taken aback by the experience.

      The mountains and lakes really were quite beautiful, and we passed over a bridge with many flags that we surmised was the border crossing.

      At one point, an automatic recording flashed on the screen saying that there was a problem with the train and that all passengers would have to disembark. In the midst of the announcement, the screens went dark and there was no further explanation.

      About thirty minutes later, we heard announcements in several different languages, and we figured out that there would be a few stops to let other trains pass. When I heard the announcement in different languages, all I could think of was the scene in "Young Frankenstein" where the conductor and passengers repeated the same scene in different languages while Dr. "Frahnkensteen" is traveling to Transylvania.

      We arrived about twenty minutes late to Zurich, but we still managed to make our last train to Basel with about ten minutes to spare. This last part of the journey went smoothly, and we appreciated having a row to ourselves. Our train arrived just before 8 p.m. Jim C figured out the light rail train that we needed just outside the train station. It arrived shortly after we reached the stop, and Jim C figured out the nearest stop. As we were looking on our navigation app to find our hotel, Jim looked up and pointed to our hotel about 50 yards from the metro stop.

      We checked in to our hotel room and decided to take a walk and find a restaurant. There is an Italian restaurant at the foot of our boutique hotel, but we both agreed that a break from Italian cuisine was a good idea.

      We enjoyed a walk over a bridge crossing the Rhine River knowing that we will become much more acquainted with the river later in the week.

      Our first impression of Basel is that it is clean and relatively peaceful for a city of 570,000 people. We enjoyed the sedate walk back to our hotel after dinner, and we look forward to exploring the city over the next few days.

      Gute Nacht, süße Träume!
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      Traveler

      Sorry for the ignorance of your fellow passengers!

      5/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      It was a blip in an otherwise great travel day.

      5/23/22Reply
      Traveler

      Enjoy Basel! I haven't been but know it as the site of the first Zionist Congress in 1897, a milestone in Jewish history: https://jguideeurope.org/en/region/switzerland/…. This is a famous photo of Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, in Basel: https://bit.ly/3Nu85ZP

      5/23/22Reply
      Traveler

      With your beard(s), you could re-create that photo ;)

      5/23/22Reply
      Traveler

      so cool! Thank you for sharing that, Rich.

      5/23/22Reply
      Traveler

      so amazing what you are experiencing

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    • Day43

      Fünf Fotos-Rhine Cruise Day 1

      May 26 in France ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

      Although we're on the boat we have remained docked as planned for the first day. We slept well, and we were up early to have breakfast and get ready for our departure by coast.

      We began the day with about an hour drive to Lucerne, Switzerland. We learned from our guide that today is Ascension Day, a clerical holiday in Switzerland that celebrates the Christian event of the ascension of Christ forty days after the resurrection. Most businesses are closed on this day, and we learned that truckers are not allowed to operate unless they are transporting food.

      Lucerne is a preserved Medieval city in central Switzerland with beautiful Lake Lucerne at its center with a backdrop of the Swiss Alps.

      When we left the coach we walked across a beautiful wooden covered pedestrian bridge, Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) that crosses the Reuss River. The bridge was first built in the 14th century and it contains many paintings from the 17th century. We learned that a large section of the bridge was destroyed by fire as well as many of the original paintings. The Kapellbrücke is the oldest coveted bridge in Europe.

      We enjoyed walking the streets of the Altstadt (Old Town) and the river serves as a dividing point between old and new. We also enjoyed the rather quiet streets due to the holiday.

      When we returned to the coach, we headed for Wilderswil, a town near Interlachen, a beautiful town surrounded by glacier fed turquoise lakes. At Wilderswil, we made our way to a historic cog railway that took us on a 45-minute steep path to the Schynige Platte, a small mountain ridge and a viewpoint in the Bernese Highlands. The views of the glacier-covered Alps from this 7,000 ft. viewpoint was magnificent. We were blessed by a beautiful sunny day with mostly unobstructed views of the moutains.

      I have to admit that my view of the fields surrounded by the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains took me back to my six-year old self viewing the opening scene of Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music. It was magical, and I remember wanting very much to be in that field when I was little.

      We noticed off to the background a few musicians playing the alphorn, the twelve-foot horns made famous by the Ricola commercial. We decided to wander further up the slope to view the different vegetation. I kept my eyes focused for edelweiss, but I learned that it's too early in the season from one of the passengers who is traveling from the UK.

      At the appointed time, we made for our descent down the mountain to our waiting coach for the two and a half hour return trip to Basel. The sights were indeed beautiful. It's not every day that you get to see rolling hills with a castle scattered here and there. At the risk of sounding ungrateful, it was a bit too long a day on the coach. It's reinforced for me that I generally would prefer to be traveling at our own pace instead of with ninety-five of our "closest friends".

      That brings me to our efforts to try and find connection on the cruise. It appears that nearly all, if not all, of the passengers are from the UK. They look like us, they're the same age range as us, but it appears that we're the only couple from the States as well as the only gay couple. It's interesting feeling more like outliers in this experience than in other countries that we have visited to date where the language, culture and skin tone of the people is markedly different than ours.

      We've been trying to find ways to strike up conversations, and most of that has been a bit of a miss so far except for Daniel, one of the bartenders who is from Romania. Daniel has grown weary of the hospitality industry, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. He is studying to be a truck driver because he likes to drive and he sees it as an opportunity for me freedom in his life. I don't think he's much younger than me. I'm optimistic that we'll have more opportunities to meet other folks and have deeper conversations as the week progresses. The few folks we have spoken with to date have had some connections to Portland through family and friends. Multnomah Falls is a universal hit. 😊

      We did have another great dinner, and at this writing, I'm staring out at the floor to ceiling glass doors of the French Balcony with the man I love at my side. At some point this evening, we should launch north on the beautiful Rhine. I'm ready. Guten Nacht!
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      Traveler

      Sweet dreams 💖 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜 🤎 🖤 ✨

      5/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      I'm not sure why the travel tracker says France as we we still in Switzerland although this morning France is to the west and Germany to the east.

      5/27/22Reply
       
    • Day42

      Fünf Fotos-Basel Day 4

      May 25 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      "He was as fresh as is the month of May."
      Geoffrey Chaucer

      We woke up to the news of the Texas school shooting. As a former teacher, a father, and a grandfather, I have no words other than a feeling of deep despair and anger. I was haunted by that notion as I watched every parent on the streets of Basel today. As we made our way over to Basel's Altstadt GrossBasel (Old Town) we paused to watch elementary aged students play a game of Kubb, a game that is a hybrid of bowling and horseshoes. I loved watching the collective joy of the students engaged in this competition, and I couldn't help but think of students deprived of that joy and future promise. I hope that we figure out a better solution soon. Kids deserve to get to be kids.

      We took the time to tour the Basler Munster, a historical and strking sandstone cathedral that was once Catholic and ultimately became a Reformed Protestant Church. The church was originally built in the early 11th century and it was destroyed in an earthquake about three hundred years later. There were several modifications of architecture and style over the centuries.

      It was fascinating to tour the crypt and see the remains of the original cathedral with an integrated multimedia production that outlined the timeline of events in the church and society at the time.

      Among the famous people buried in the cathedral was Queen Anne of Habsburg and her son Charles; Erasmus, a Catholic priest whose writings has great influence on the Reformation movement; and Jacob Bernoulli, a mathematician known for his contributions to calculus.

      In the 1500's many of the paintings and statues of the original church were destroyed in rebellions against what was viewed by Reformists as idol worship. In the 1850's New stained-glass windows were installed. They were quite beautiful, particularly in the light of this sunny day.

      I've been meaning to share about one of the prominent icons that we have seen all over the city. At first I thought they were dragons, but we learned that they were instead the baselisk, In medieval animal books, basilisks are often depicted as hybrid creatures with the torso of and head of a rooster, and the abdomen of snake. A basilisk's gaze petrifies or kills. Its breath is deadly poisonous. The legend in Basel was that a jet black rooster laid an egg the size of the rooster and the townspeople must destroy it to save themselves from the hatching of the baselisk. The basilisk has remained an important symbol of Basel over the last five hundred years, and is now depicted carrying the town shield and coat of arms. Harry Potter fans might also recognize the reference to basilisks.

      After this visit, we took the light rail to see if we could locate where our river cruise ship was moored. We found it, and we learned that we would be able to board early although our cabin wasn't due to be ready for hours. We returned back to our hotel to retrieve our backpacks, and we made our way back to our boat.

      For the remainder of May (thus, my chosen Chaucer quote), we will be aboard Riviera Cruise Lines' MS Geoffrey Chaucer as we make our way up the Rhine from Basel to Köln, Germany. This boat is beautiful and new; it was commissioned in 2020 and Covid limited its use over the last two years.

      For the first several hours, we were the only passengers on the boat, and our room was readied for us early. The staff have all been very lovely and welcoming.

      We settled into our cabin, Room 222, with visions of the old TV show in our heads. We had a nice nap in our cabin and we then relaxed in the lounge and on the deck. We learned that there will be about 94 passengers on the ship, At first glance at our fellow passengers, it appears that we are on the younger side of the spectrum. Most of the passengers appear to be from the UK. I imagine that we'll have plenty of opportunities to meet them over the next week.

      We enjoyed a great dinner, and then we attended an obligatory safety briefing and an overview of our itinerary tomorrow. We feel very fortunate to have this experience. 💞
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    • Day2

      Erste Nacht im Camper

      October 2 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Am Samstag haben wir uns spontan überlegt, durch die Schweiz in Richtung Süden zu fahren. Wir hatten ziemlich viel Verkehr und sind somit nicht sehr weit gekommen und haben uns bei Basel einen Platz zum übernachten gesucht. Dort standen wir ruhig im Wald, haben lecker gekocht und abends mit dem Geräusch von Regen auf dem Dach gelesen. Jetzt geht es los weiter in Richtung Süden mit der Hoffnung auf weniger Regen und vielleicht sogar Sonne.Read more

    • Day151

      Tag 151

      October 20 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Auch aus dem schönsten Traum wacht man irgendwann auf. Doch man kann einiges für sich persönlich mitnehmen.

      Oder laufe ich immer noch? Wenn man von einer Entfernung von 1346907555302.4001 Km auf die Erde schauen würde und so ein gutes Teleskop hätte, dass man so etwas kleines wie mich sieht, müsste man sehen, wie ich gerade in Trondheim ankomme. Das Licht braucht nun mal auch seine Zeit und auch das, was mein Körper reflektiert.
      Das Universum ist Wahnsinnig 🤪

      Der Westweg ist zuende und somit auch meine Tour. Der Westweg war sehr schön und ich habe coole Leute getroffen denen man immer wieder mal begegnet ist.

      Schlussworte spare ich mir, denn die wären genauso wie das, was ich bei der Ankunft in Trondheim geschrieben habe. Es war einfach eine extrem geile Zeit!!!!

      Hier in Basel werde ich jetzt noch zwei Nächte verbringen, morgen etwas durch die Stadt bummeln, was gutes Essen und mich noch wahrscheinlich mit Maarten auf ein Bier treffen.

      Ich danke allen die geistig mit mir unterwegs waren und auch allen Menschen die ich kennen lernen durfte! Ihr kommt alle an meine Foto-Wand. Das wird cool!

      So viel Großzügigkeit, die ich erfahren durfte.
      Da habe ich selber Lust bekommen anderen Wanderern eine Überraschung zu bereiten. Ich habe da schon ein paar Ideen, die ich am Hermannsweg realisieren werde.

      Nach der Fernwanderung ist vor der Fernwanderung 😁 und dazwischen gibt es immer wieder mal "kürzere" Touren.

      Liebe Grüße, Gena
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      StartTheTrail

      Dann wünsche ich dir viel Erfolg und vor allem Spaß in deinem neuen Alltag!

      10/21/22Reply
      GenaGeht

      danke ✌️

      10/21/22Reply
      Traveler

      👍

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    • Day17

      Dr. Joe Dispenza

      August 7 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Noch etwas abgefahrener als das vorangegangene Wochenende war das Seminar mit Joe Dispenza. Der US-Amerikaner scheint so etwas wie der „Popstar“ in der Meditationsszene zu sein. Das Seminar in Basel wurde von 7.000 Menschen besucht und war innerhalb weniger Tage ausverkauft.

      Sandra kannte ihn schon, für mich war das neu, aber ziemlich spannend. Er hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, die Auswirkungen der Meditation wissenschaftlich zu belegen und hier schon wirklich viel publiziert. Seitdem meditiere auch ich… wer hätte das gedacht.

      Informationen und Videos gibt es im Internet zahllos. Danke Björn und Teresa für das Auto und Alina und Stephan, dass ihr die Erlebnisse mit uns geteilt habt.
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    • Day83

      Show #34 Basel

      February 7, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

      Ein schöner sonniger Tag in der Schweiz und wir verbringen die Zeit in einer komplett schwarzen Halle 😂.
      Zumindest am Mittag finden wir ein paar Minuten um mit Tee draußen zu sitzen und uns blenden zu lassen.

      Der Aufbau fing langwierig an, fand dann aber ein überraschend schnelles Ende.

      Leider ist es heute nicht so super voll, aber die Gäste feiern für jeden leeren Platz mit. Naja, so gemütlich ausgelassen wie der Schweizer eben feiern kann 😋

      In dieser großen Arena könne die Trucks rein fahren, was beim Abbau bzw. Laden einfach Gold wert ist.
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      Traveler

      Hauptsache ihr habt Spaß bei der Arbeit 😘

      2/8/20Reply
      Traveler

      Klaaar immer 🎉😊

      2/8/20Reply
      Traveler

      Die Sonne tut sooooo gut ☉

      2/8/20Reply
      Traveler

      👍so ist das richtig 😆

      2/8/20Reply
       
    • Day1

      Basel

      September 22, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Nach gut 6 Stunden Autofahrt haben wir gegen 16.30 Uhr unser Hotel in Saint Louis (Frankreich) erreicht. Das Hotel ist ganz in der Nähe vom Flughafen, von wo aus es Dienstag früh nach Island geht...
      Am Abend sind wir dann noch die 8km nach Basel gefahren und ein bisschen durch die Innenstadt geschlendert. Dort waren wir dann ganz lecker Essen, das Christian bezahlt hat, da er gestern Abend bei FIFA mit Frankreich gegen Hansa verloren hat :)
      Danach noch ein kleiner Spaziergang den Rhein entlang und dann ging es zurück ins Hotel, gerade noch rechtzeitig, bevor es wie aus strömen anfing zu regnen...Gutes Timing!
      Morgen erstmal ausschlafen und dann schauen wir mal was der Tag so bringt und was wir hier noch machen ;)
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      Voll die schöne Idee euch hier begleiten zu können. Viel Spaß euch 😍.

      9/23/19Reply

      Achso... Liebe Grüße von Sarah 😊

      9/23/19Reply

      Huhu man fühlt sich als sei man dabei:) viel Spaß

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