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18 January 2018 @ 07:00 pm
After I got back to Schifflände, I spent some time taking photographs down by the river wall and bridges.


Fun and food.Collapse )

Next time:  Friday in Basel.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
18 January 2018 @ 05:00 pm
I am usually very careful to syncronize the times in my cameras (and phones) before I go off for an adventure so that all of my photos will come out in the proper sequence when I sort by time.  I guess I was sort of keeping track of what time it was back in Oregon when I was in Switzerland:  "Wow, it is the middle of the night back home!"  However, my phones updated to local time and there was a nine-hour difference.  For the most part, I've been catching the problems when editing but I messed up on this day.  And these photos are important, darn it!

So my tummy was a bit upset and I stopped by the grocery store near the hotel to pick up Tums or similar antacid on my way to my class.  However, that is a drug and thus I needed to go to die Apotheke.  There was one close to my class building to I popped over at a morning break.

This was probably the most difficult translation experience (for some reason) but it ended successfully.

This is what I purchased.  No Tums in Switzerland, I guess.  (And the box was in German, of course.)

I will be much more aware of checking the times in all my electronics in the future.
Current Mood: embarrassedembarrassed
17 January 2018 @ 10:15 pm
More wanderings through the Old City toward the Rhine River.  I took a lot of photos, but I am enjoying reliving the trip and noticing more than I did on my walk.

This is Andreasplatz, a little plaza that is hidden down a short alley.  I'm not sure why I even wandered in there, but I'm glad I did.

Europe is so charming.Collapse )

Next time: even more wandering, and perhaps fondue!
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
16 January 2018 @ 09:30 pm
Happily, the "shopping" by Spalentor was in tiny shops in a very old portion of the Altstadt.  It was perfect for wandering and taking photos.


Really old buildings and fun.Collapse )

The Basel Tattoo headquarters also displayed Fastnacht spirit.  The Basel Tattoo is the second largest military music festival in the world (after the Edinburgh Tattoo).  Who knew?

Next time: More Thursday.
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
15 January 2018 @ 07:30 pm
In real time, it is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I had the day off from work.  I'm diligently working through my photo backlog before a puppy comes and takes up all of my time.  The convergence of MLK Day, the struggles to protect the Dreamers and the "sh!tholes" pronouncement is sort of surreal and it makes me sad.

Back in vacation time, it is March 16, 2016.  At my class I asked some of the locals about where I should go for my after-class walk.  Spalentor was suggested for shopping.  I'm not all that keen on shopping, but it would send me in a direction I hadn't yet been, so that sounded like a fine destination.  From my map, I knew that there was some sort of gate there.

I have been so lucky to get so many days of sunny weather for my wanderings!  Here's a look back at Basel SBB as I headed out.

New to old in Basel.Collapse )

Beyond the gate is the Altstadt.  With the shopping.  Photogenic shopping!

Next time: Back in time a couple hundred years again.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
15 January 2018 @ 10:00 am
Just a few more after-dark photos from Basel, taken as I made my way from the banks of the Rhine to the hotel.  I like how these came out.

Lights in the dark.Collapse )

Next time:  Starting my Thursday explorations.
Current Mood: artisticartistic
14 January 2018 @ 06:45 pm
I wouldn't normally post three times in one day, but I just got new puppy photos!  And a video!!

Video first:  they are so gangly.  The breeder says she can see the beginning of eyes just starting to open today.  (10 days)  She says that they are growing like weeds and are very sturdy and strong.

I think they are dorky, and Zelda runs to other room barking when she hears them.

Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
14 January 2018 @ 01:30 pm
This statue is Amazone on the Mittlere Brücke near Schifflände.  I liked the photo so much that it gets top billing in this post.

Basel at dusk.Collapse )

Now the girls and I are going outside to enjoy the 58-degree January sun.  Next time: More night photos.
Current Mood: productiveproductive
13 January 2018 @ 04:00 pm
Since the Münster is high on thie hill above the Rhine, it has a great view. There is a terrace on the river side of the plaza.


Vistas and virgins (probably)Collapse )

Tonight I'm off to a town hall with Senator Jeff Merkley.  That should be interesting.  And then back to photos of Basel.
Current Mood: awakeawake
12 January 2018 @ 10:30 pm
This is Basel in the morning, as I was starting my walk to the Roche building for class.  The walk was only about a half mile and it felt good to get some fresh air.

Wednesday wanderingsCollapse )

Next time: More from Wednesday
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
11 January 2018 @ 09:15 pm
If year-old dogs are yearlings, then week-old puppies are weeklings, right?  Here is the gang taking a nap.  Puppies do that a lot.

They are tiny photos, but then again puppies are small.

And here they were, almost half a lifetime ago, at 5 days old.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
11 January 2018 @ 09:00 pm
It is still Tuesday in Basel and I am still on my way to dinner in the Basel Altstadt.  In a town full of fountains, this fountain in the Münsterplatz caught my eye.

I get to dinner and eat and get home.Collapse )

And here are the glass pyramids near the Elisabethen Church from earlier.

Next time: Wednesday in Basel.
Current Mood: determineddetermined
10 January 2018 @ 09:00 pm
Together with the Mittlere Brücke, the Basler Münster (Cathedral) is probably the most famous landmark in Basel. With its red sandstone walls, colourful roof tiles and twin towers, no other building adorns the cityscape of Basel like the Cathedral.

Basler MünsterCollapse )

Next time: continuing on toward my dinner destination.
Current Mood: contentcontent
09 January 2018 @ 10:30 pm
All of my walks through Basel were filled with discovery.  I hadn't done a lot of research of the city and I was primarily setting off in a new direction and letting my phone navigate for me.  I would just see interesting things at every turn.  I was enjoying soaking in the new environment that was so different than my life for the past many years.  Here is another flight of photos.

A lovely day in Basel.Collapse )

Regular people live around here and go to school around here.  It seems so foreign.

Next time: more Munster photos.  Gargoyles, too!
Current Mood: tiredtired
08 January 2018 @ 10:30 pm
We got out of class a bit early on Tuesday afternoon so that we could all get to a dinner in Basel Old Town.  Actually, all of Basel is old and the old area is extra old.  So once again I zipped back to the hotel to swap my computer for my camera and walked over.  Once again, lots of photos because it is fun to relive the adventures.

These guys are some of my favorite sights in Europe!

Buildings and churches and trams and fountains!Collapse ).

Next time: more walking to dinner.
Current Mood: calmcalm