Monthly Archives: October 2012

WC:Basel

A disgusting WC like this would not have been so shocking in many other places, but it was the first dirty place I have seen in my 10 days in this part of the world and it was truly dirty. Be thankful I didn't take a close up if the toilet bowl. Still I was mighty glad to stumble on it after 2 hours of walking around the center of Basel. Also happened upon the incredible town hall which was richly decorated both on its exterior and its interior courtyard with murals from the 17th century.

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WC:Basel

Posted in Sightseeing, Signage |

Another entry in the toiletten signage category. I think this one is quite retro and nice for a public toilet. Glad to find it next to the cafe where I enjoyed a late cup of tea amidst Rhine-side strollers, bikers and even a lone waterskier. Plenty of golden leaves on and off the perfectly staggered trees as well.

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Best Western Merian: Basel, Switzerland

Posted in Decor, Hotel, Strange |

Think this is the first time I was in a hotel that had a bifold door into the bathroom. (Hard to photograph)That would have indicated a small room, but mine is simple but ample with a large window that opens fully- always a plus in my book. I have a single bed, haven't seen one of those in a long time in a hotel, with 2 soft king size pillows karate chopped in the middle like you see in decorating magazines, a bottom sheet with a tri-folded eiderdown on top and no top sheet, just like in Sulzburg.

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Landgasthof Riehen: Basel, Switzerland

Posted in Decor, Dining, Out & About |

No cherubs in the restroom of this ultra modern restaurant. 17 of us ate at a long table with heavy white cloth and napkins, seasonal floral arrangements and lovely, though perhaps again too amply portioned, food. My vegetable broth had the smallest pieces of carrot, leek and pumpkin I have ever seen. Clearly Swiss precision is not just about watches.

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Foundation Beyler: Basel, Switzerland

Posted in Decor, Museum, Out & About |

The marble in this stall was so polished I could practically see my reflection in it. I have long wanted to visit this museum and was not disappointed. A huge Jeff Koon floral dog head rests in the garden, an exhibition of late work by Degas was the special exhibit and the main collection is stunning and wonderfully displayed in human scales rooms filled with natural light. One had African masks with a Rousseau jungle painting and a couple of Picasso paintings, while another had 6 deep hued Rothkos and 4 large Giacometti sculptures. Bliss. There were also floor to ceiling windows that brought the landscape into the rooms, especially effective with a small pond outside and a massive three panel water lily painting by Monet inside. I could go on and on.

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Straubwitschaft: Sulzburg

Posted in Decor, Dining, Out & About |

Funky mirrors in this restroom. We came to try the new wine and I mean new. The first press was milky in color and tasted more like hard cider. The second glass was white and rather harsh. I liked the red better. This was accompanied by what was billed as onion bread. Looked like thin crust pizza and tasted rather like matzoh with bits of bacon on a thin layer of cream sauce. All acquired tastes I am told.

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Ambiente: Grunern

Posted in Decor, Dining, Signage |

Great meal at this restaurant hidden in what looked like a small industrial park. Smoked turgeon with an Asian slaw salad, pumpkin soup with shrimp, a medallion of walnut crusted venison with gnocchi and wilted frisée and for dessert a creme brûlée with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Don't want to step on the scales when I get home. There were also about a dozen artworks incorporating corkscrews and flatware that were quite interesting. The restroom sign seemed slightly out of place in its quaintness. Guess this is another way of saying Women.

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Cafe:town square of Staufen

Staufen is the town where Dr. Faust died and we took a fabulous town tour/Faust retelling by a German actor with flawless English and a great sense if humor and improvisation. So much fun that we picked up folks off the street for bits of it. Also several young children were entranced by our black caped, red stockinged Faustian guide. I would have been terrified at their age. I thought the pastiche of snapshots leading to the toileten was unusual and fun.br />

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Walking trail: between Sulzburg and Staufen

Posted in Floral, Nature, Out & About |

Big walk today.6 miles starting uphill and through the woods, then opening into this immaculate vineyard. No roses at the end of the rows as in France, but nice signs indicating the grape varietals. Was out ahead of the group and missed the turn they took, but all trails lead to all places and with a few asked directions I managed to arrive at a crossroads just as everyone else did. Lucky for me as I had no idea where to go once in the town.

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Hirschen: Britzingen

Posted in Decor, Dining, Out & About |

Plenty of autumnal displays around This area. Can you see the little sheep in between the bell squashes. This is the staircase leading from the dining room to the restrooms. This may be where the owners of the 2 star restaurant in our small hotel go on their night off, but I will not be returning.

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