Category Archives: Basel

Basel Days 1 and 2: Wickelfisch

Basel’s been kind of a break for us! No museums, just walking and enjoying.

We managed to “enjoy” two local dishes. The first was worstsalat. A sausage salad which contains: Sausage (a kind half way between bologna and hotdog), onions, tomatoes, corn, sprouts (or something like them), lettuce, olives, cheese, pretzels (yes, pretzels), and a mayonnaise-ish dressing. It wasn’t terrible… The second was rosti! This was great! It’s like a dinner plate sized hash brown. We had ours with bacon and cheese inside. It was really delicious.

Aside from that, we managed to float down the Rhine for about half an hour. It ended up being more exhausting than I thought it would be. The current is extremely swift, so any changes in position in the river came with some serious effort. For this activity we picked up a wickelfisch, which is a fish shaped dry bag that you leave some air in. It becomes a pretty good floaty, and keeps your cloths and shoes dry as you float down the river. This fun way to cool off is a must if you’re ever in Basel in the summer =)

I won’t bother describing the walks, and views. Basel has 5 pre-setup walks that you can go on (there are small “trail” signs that guide you through them). We did 2 of the 5, and they were pretty neat. You can see some of the highlights in the photos when I get a chance to post them.

Travel Day: Paris – Basel

Our travel days have been pretty standard: Pack your things, maybe do laundry, get on a train, and do some scouting in the new city. This travel day was a bit special though!

Before our trip, a friend of mine had recommended us a dinner place in Basel and said to look out for his friends (he frequents Basel, and that’s actually why I know this place exists). So we went to dinner, got the food he recommended, and then the waiter comes over with the phone and asks “are you Lucia and Anthony?” We were a bit dumbfounded, but we said yes and he handed us the phone!

“Hi, is this Anthony?” a voice said.

“yes, who’s this?”

“It’s Marc! A friend of Lee’s. We’re having a get together on my roof deck down the street. Would you and Lucia like to join? A friend of Lee’s is a friend of ours!” There was tons of laughter, and German in the background.

We said sure, and he gave us directions. When we finished our dinner/drinks, we headed over.

His flat was really really nice, and the roofdeck had a splended view of one of the shopping streets in Basel. He gave us some wine, and desert, and everyone there was warm and friendly.

I couldn’t imagine a better way to start our stay in Basel. Thanks Marc, and everyone from Deja Vu!