Lucerne & Basel

 
 

We woke up to construction noise in Lucerne and set out fairly early to explore the city. You know who else set out fairly early? Ever single other foreigner in Switzerland. All of the guidebooks laud Lucerne as Switzerland's most beautiful city, but the hords of tourists that allocation brings was not so beautiful. We tried exploring some of the side streets, but after a couple hours of dodging selfie sticks we decided to quickly hit the highlights and head over to Basel earlier than we originally planned.

Aaand I'm sure glad we did. Basel was a breath of fresh air - a beautiful living, breathing city. When we arrived (a little grumpy), we were welcomed by our lovely host, Helen, at Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, had a really nice chat over a glass of ice tea and took a quick tour of the hotel. It's a really charming place - I'm obsessed with the old furnaces and the wall paper. Also, while the building is structurally sound, is has settled several inches lower on one side, so you feel a little drunk walking up the stairs. All adds to the charm though :)

After being a somewhat revived with the ice tea, we set out to explore Basel armed with Helen's good recommendations. We unfortunately did that thing again where we forgot to eat until mid-afternoon, became re-grumpified, and Meghan insisted we needed a break from Switzerland. So we ate fried rice and red curry in a restaurant playing 90s country music and Selena in the background. And you know what? Meghan was totally right. We emerged anew, ready to enthusiastically take in Basel for the next two days. 

Lucern... the day started walking through a gate with demons? Should have known...

Lucern... the day started walking through a gate with demons? Should have known...

One of Lucern's famous covered bridges

One of Lucern's famous covered bridges

Another for the collection of old men doing cute things photos

Another for the collection of old men doing cute things photos

"Death Bridge"

"Death Bridge"

Monument to honor the Swiss killed at Tuileries Palace during the French Revolution

Monument to honor the Swiss killed at Tuileries Palace during the French Revolution

Moving onto lovely Basel...

Moving onto lovely Basel...

Spying on the chefs at Les Trois Rois

Spying on the chefs at Les Trois Rois

I'm obsessed with the wallpaper here

I'm obsessed with the wallpaper here

Sun dial

Sun dial

Oh Basel, your street art slays me

Oh Basel, your street art slays me

An honor-system fruit stand. Just grab some produce, put your money in the box, carry on with life

An honor-system fruit stand. Just grab some produce, put your money in the box, carry on with life

These signs with people and arrows are posted all over the city. We followed one for about 20 minutes and eventually gave up when it was leading us further and further from the cute alleys we were originally exploring. Where it leads remains a mystery.

These signs with people and arrows are posted all over the city. We followed one for about 20 minutes and eventually gave up when it was leading us further and further from the cute alleys we were originally exploring. Where it leads remains a mystery.

Basel, what are you doing to me with all this?

Basel, what are you doing to me with all this?

One of the original gates to Basel

One of the original gates to Basel

 
Dumas exhibit at the Beyeler

Dumas exhibit at the Beyeler