Hotel Krafft am Rhein
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Up today around 8. We have to be out of here by noon which is fine since we'll go directly to the boat from here. Mom packs her "trunks" for the last time. I finish writing on the blog and help organize for our departure. Karen makes us coffee in the room using the hot water boiler supplied on each floor and the coffee bags we bought back in Erfert …
This morning brings us our first sunshine since we started. Not a cloud in the sky. Now we another issue. A conundrum you might say. For it is breakfast time and our only alternative seems to be a $50 breakfast for two at the Krafft-Basel Hotel. Unbelievably, I caved. I attempt to justify it by vowing to stuff ourselves at breakfast an eat nothing …
Today we begin our longest train journey of our vacation, 7 hours. It begins at precisely 8:00am with a three hour trip to Ulm, one hour layover and another three hour ride to Basel. We were up, dressed, packed (remember, we don't open our suitcases) and down for breakfast by 7am. I can't miss a free breakfast so we slam it down in 15 minutes and …
... the timber. We passed through the town of Elzach where they have an annual catholic/pagan carnival to drive away the winter ghosts. Only men participate and it is basically men behaving badly with their identity hidden behind garish masks. It is also the town where the German Football team take their annual R and R - maybe the two events are connected! In the towns and villages around here people decorate their houses, gardens and public parks with Easter decorations ...
... and I like the cabin better even though it is the same cabin number. At Basel we are still in Switzerland but at dinner time we started moving down the Rhine to Breisach which we will reach at 2:00 am. Just one kilometre down the river from Basel we will be out of Switzerland and will have Germany on one side of the river and France on the other. Not many photos today, it just wasn't a photographic sort of day. Hopefully tomorrow will be ...