A NEW ADVENTURE, 1st STOP in BASEL, SWITZERLAND’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS

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December 11, 2016

Christmas is sneaking up on us quickly  and the Christmas Markets in Europe are  a great place to kick start the holiday spirit.  I am doing just that via a Rhine River Cruise.

First stop is Basel, Switzerland.  A beautiful city with  bustling Christmas Markets…..

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Different decorations  adorn the  tops of Market wooden huts, but this was my favorite.

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Santa cooking on top of another hut is apropos since food is a large draw for  Christmas Markets.

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I guess even Santa can get stressed out this time  of year.  Hang in there Santa, we  are all counting on you!

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Night time especially is a fun time to visit the  Markets when all is lit up in their finest glory.  This Christmas Pyramid also has  figures on each tier that  go around and around like a carousel.

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Besides the Christmas Markets, many of the  retail stores also jump into the holiday  spirit by decking out their window displays….

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or by decorating the whole store front.

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The city of Basel also has a special  Christmas  trolley car  that  ONLY children  are allowed to ride and it is driven by one of Santa’s helpers.

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The night before boarding the boat for the cruise was spent at Les Trois Rois  (The  Three Kings) Hotel.  A hotel  has  occupied this location on the banks of the Rhine River  since  1641,  with the present building standing  since 1844.  These colorful  Winterberry  arrangements  stood in the lobby and….

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Festive  red and silver ornaments hung  from the ceiling  above – guaranteed  to bring  a cheerful  “Wow”  effect to all.

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Despite the cloudy day the view from the hotel window was scenic and depicted the  classic look of  Basel’s  homes/buildings.

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Many of the  retailers  hang  intricate and  sometimes humorous  guild signs.

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Trekking  through Basel”s hilly streets  toward the Markets, I  admired how this home was built  to flow with the slant of the terrain.

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My  favorite building in Basel was the over  500 year old  Rathaus  (Town Hall).

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Stepping inside the open air  foyer –

Beautiful frescoes were painted in 1522

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More of open air foyer.

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The impressive entry ways ( that were not open to the public) and…

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This one-of-a-kind  fountain !!!

Hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Confuzzled Bev
    Dec 20, 2016 @ 04:13:57

    Les Trois Rois – wow, fancy!

    Great photos of Basel 🙂

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  2. Judy Ludwig
    Dec 14, 2016 @ 17:04:21

    Say hello to my relatives! I have some scandinavian blood in me and by the looks of you, I would guess you do too! Have fun! Merry Merry!

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