Dorint Hotel An der Messe / Basel
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Arriving on 31st July, we had arrived in time to celebrate Switzerland's national day with fireworks over the river.
On the following day we toured the city, viewing the tripoint border between France and Germany before going to the Town Hall and finally a bonfire show in the park.
Today we travelled to Basel to meet our good friend Peter, from our long ago stay in Norfolk. We had lost touch for various reasons over the years, and our trip proved to be a wonderful opportunity to meet again. We faced a four hour train journey, but it was booked first class, and did travel through the alps, so it passed pleasantly and quickly, and we were soon reunited with Peter, who had kindly offered to ...
... Castle and decided to go explore it! It definitely reminded me of traipsing through Europe as a kid visiting castle after castle. I only wish I could have appreciated it then as I do now. We found this rather Lord of the Rings looking tree behind the castle and the kids had a blast climbing its roots.
The sun began to set so we headed over to a short drive through tour of France then headed back to the house. Sarah ...
... goodness. I was in heaven.
We strolled along for awhile then headed back to the house to put the kids to bed. Then the magic happened. Martin made actual Swiss fondue, like the REAL DEAL fondue with Kirsch and cheesy wonderfulness. It was Amazing and the best meal we had the entire trip! The boys went outside for cigars and Cognac and the ladies stayed inside and caught up on each others lives. It was a late night but it was so wonderful to see what the Rupperts had been up ...
We spent New Years with relatives in the black forest and saw some very wintry scenes, day tripped to France for another stunning hillside castle (Haut-Konigsburg with its amazing views over to the Rhine/ Black forest) and cake, ate great french cheese and wine, seeing the worlds largest Cuckoo clock and icy waterfall ...