SWITZERLAND: DAY SEVEN

We had finally reached the end of our trip and so it made sense to spend the last day exploring Basel. Not having to catch any trains, we planned to have a lie in but of course that didn’t happen and we ended up waking up at eight. We got ready at a leisurely pace and then caught the tram to Basel Munster. However, when we arrived we couldn’t go in as there was a service taking place and so we waited outside for fifteen minutes where we had a great view of the river as well as listening to a street performer play a few songs.

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The Munster was  impressive on both the outside and the inside; with its red sandstone walls and colourfully decorated roof to the interior column arches and vibrant stained glass windows.

Our next stop was the Rathaus which was a five minute walk from the Munster and was by far the most opulent Rathaus we had seen. On the day that we went, there was a little market outside selling fruit and vegetables as well as food.

When we had finished at the Rathaus, it began to rain and so we decided to get some food from Coop to take back to the apartment and eat. We ended up picking up some ravioli and some sauce to make which was really nice.

After lunch, we visited the two remaining city gates we had yet to see: Spalen and St Alban Tor.

One thing I learnt in Switzerland was that I have a slight obsession with fountains; there’s something that is extremely soothing and therapeutic about the cascading water. And so naturally, my favourite place in Basel was the Tinguely Fountain; we sat there for half an hour and then to Fatima’s amusement, we ended up going back once we had visited all the other places. The fountain was actually made in 1977 by Jean Tinguely where the stage of a theatre company once stood; Tinguely sculpted nine machines which continuously move, almost like the performers that previously stood in the same spot.

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Our next stops were the Congress Centre which is used to hold conferences and a bridge where people can attach their own locks.

For dinner, we walked to a sushi restaurant in France which was only fifteen minutes away. It was my first time trying sushi that was not from a supermarket but I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it all apart from the sashimi.

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