Sunday, December 11, 2016

[Sunday in Switzerland] A weekend in Basel

This weekend we went to Basel, a smaller town in northwestern Switzerland on the Rhine river. On Saturday, we visited one of the lively Christmas markets. My favorite decoration was a cherub holding a sausage aloft. The Glühwein was also very tasty.
The Rhine river at sunset

An elaborate display at the Christmas market

Sunday, many stores were closed, as usual in Switzerland, but museums were open. I went to the Paper Mill museum. I hadn't heard about it, but one of the Google travel guides listed it and I like paper. It was very interesting, including a working water mill driven rag mashing machine. The museum included the history of paper making, writing and printing, so there was a lot more than just paper. They had some cool alternate typewriters. Definitely worth a visit.

Later in the day, we took a longer tram ride up to see a Kandinsky exhibit. We got the English docent tour and I'm really glad we did. There was a lot of interesting information about Kandinsky, Marc, and Der Blaue Reiter. I didn't get any pictures, but I'm glad we made it up here for the exhibit.
So, more fun in Switzerland. :)

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