Swissotel Le Plaza Basel
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Spending the day to check out Messeplatz right across from the hotel. Messeplatz looked familiar somehow because its architect is the same one who designed the Bird Nest for the Beijing Olympics. Since it is Saturday morning, and a carnival had been set up, we see a lot of young Swiss families bringing their little ones out to the carnival. You see young mothers or fathers riding their bike with an ...
... train. Boarding was just insane with people and their luggage shoving to get to their seats. The trains do not wait and leave exactly on time. We finally got settled next to a French couple at the window - us at the aisle - sharing a table between. Across from us were 4 Italians - all strangers. They talked loudly and incessantly. The French couple chuckled at the Italian group because they could understand them. When we realized that the French couple also spoke English we began ...
... s medieval architectural heritage. The buildings were just beautiful. The church and Town Hall were amazing! After our walking tour we stopped at an ATM to get Swiss francs. We will be leaving the ship tomorrow, Saturday and we will be in Switzerland for 4 more days. We decided to start with 100 francs. 1 Franc = $1.03. After we walked for about an hour (it was a beautiful sunny day) we decided to ...
... red facade building built between 1504 and 1514. Further along the walk, we saw the Cathedral built between the 12th and 15th century in romanesque and gothic style. We even managed to get into the Museum of Culture, which was having an opening reception and we went in to check out their latest exhibition. There are many museums here. We walked for about 4 hours and after dinner at a local Swiss restaurant we came back to the hotel. Total steps walked today 15,827 or 7.3 ...
... a little complicated. For most countries people can only travel for 90 days out of 180 inside the Schengen zone. For Kiwis we have the same restriction however, we have bilateral agreements with a bunch of countries within the zone and we can stay for up to 90 days in each country on top of the 90 in the Schengen zone. The problem is if we then leave the Schengen zone from a country that is not on the list we can be accused of being over stayers (if the customs officer doesn't ...