Basel

View from Taylor's Port Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia

On the move with Anita’s Feast

* An almost endless horizon * Artful expression underfoot and on our plates * * The smell, feel and taste of the sea * Welcoming...
Jiao Zi, dumplings from Taiwan

In Basel, Switzerland, ‘free-styling’ with street food

Tom and I relish (hah! pun intended) meeting the people behind the food we enjoy, and we loved discovering new-to-us flavors at Basel's recent...
Basler Herbstmesse

Sampling Basler Herbstmesse

When Basel's Herbstmesse opened two weeks ago, trees at the Munsterplatz and along the Rhine were still in leaf, billowing bright yellow and burnt...
Swiss chard at the Basel Stadtmarkt

Market fresh in Basel, Switzerland

The aroma of roasting chestnuts, and the allure of earthy wild mushrooms, bright green chard, and olives of every hue. A walk through the...
Street Food Festival Basel 2015

Celebrating street food in Basel, Switzerland

With October comes what travel planners call the shoulder season, a concept that applies equally to food-oriented festivals. Soon we'll have the late-autumn fairs,...
Merian Gardens

Basel’s Merian Gardens: now a “Garden of Switzerland”

Nothing announces spring like daffodils popping up through scraggly grass. And once that happens, there's no stopping the day-dreaming after the real thing, even...
Basel Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2015 in 20 photos

Basel's Fasnacht, as Carnival is known here--is a blur of sight and sound, color and music. It goes on non-stop in the city's Old...
Basel Fasnacht

A Basel Fasnacht primer

I love quirky cultural traditions, and Basel's Carnival celebration is right up there when it comes to quirky. In our years in Switzerland, Tom...
Basel Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht: a lexicon

Basel Fasnacht, as Carnival is known here, is conducted primarily in Basel Deutsch, the local German dialect. In fact, many of the terms describing...
Basel Rathaus

Basel, Switzerland’s Town Hall at 500 years!

The Town Hall in Basel, Switzerland is not a modest affair. Its imposing red tower has dominated the Marktplatz since the beginning of the...