Basler Herbstmesse

In Basel, autumn means more than just falling leaves and pumpkin pies.

When the weather gets cooler and the days shorter, Baslers look forward to the Herbstmesse (Autumn Fair).

The oldest and biggest fair in Switzerland, the Herbstmesse is one of Basel’s traditions that the locals – young and old – thoroughly enjoy. It’s also the biggest fair between Milan and Stuttgart, and attracts more than a million visitors every year.

The fair is usually held in various places in the old town as well as in Kleinbasel, with different attractions to cater for different age groups.

Those with young children to entertain head to Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz for the carousel, Ferris wheel, bumper cars and other kiddy-friendly rides. Kasernenplatz and Messeplatz are where you’ll find teenagers and thrill-seeking adults queueing up for the roller coaster, the haunted house, and other heart-stopping rides. If you’re feeling peckish, have a mosey around Petersplatz; you’ll find crêpes, raclette, bratwurst, cotton candy, apple fritters, cheese tarts, chocolate-covered fruit, churros, noodles… the list goes on. It isn’t just food you’ll find at Petersplatz – there are hundreds of stalls selling primarily artisan and craftware. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, it’s worth just having a look.

It ain't autumn in Basel until the you see the Ferris wheel up in Münsterplatz.

It ain’t autumn in Basel until the you see the Ferris wheel up in Münsterplatz.

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The fair lasts for more than two weeks, so vendors come in trailers.

The fair lasts for more than two weeks, so vendors come in trailers.

This kid's obviously gone off on one of the rides - who cares if it's cold?

This kid’s obviously gone off on one of the rides – who cares if it’s cold?

Kids love the Herbstmesse.

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Kiddy rides at Münsterplatz.

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Artisan and craft stalls in Petersplatz…

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And of course, the food….

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By night, Herbstmesse is a treat for the eyes…

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That’s all for now.

Toodles!

Autumnal Colours

You know it’s autumn when…

…you’re surrounded by different shades of gold and red

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…your morning walk is punctuated by the satisfying crunch, crunch of dry leaves on the pavement

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…you see apples everywhere – even in shop windows

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…and pumpkins abound in farmers’ markets everywhere.

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Happy autumn everyone!

Pretty Bins

If you happen to walk through Gundeli, one of the neighbourhoods in Basel, you may realise that the litter bins along the roads are a bit more colourful than usual, and have been so for many months now. I have no idea who the artists are, or even why the litter bins were decorated in the first place.

I don’t know whether having dressed up litter bins enhances the litter-throwing experience in any respect, but it’s a nice idea nonetheless.

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More artsy litter bins can be viewed on the new Gallery page. 

A Word A Week Challenge – Curve

Curve(s), manmade:

Istanbul, 2012

Istanbul, 2012

Blue Mosque (Istanbul), 2012

Blue Mosque (Istanbul), 2012

Curve(s) in nature:

Prague, 2013

Prague, 2013

Emmental, 2012

Emmental, 2012

To find out more about the A Word A Week Challenge, and to look at more entries, click here.

A Word A Week Challenge – Unexpected

Munich, 2012

Munich, 2012

I would’ve expected to see people swimming in a river, but surfing? I would never have thought of it.

Just goes to show how resourceful some people are.

Bruderholz (Basel), 2012

Bruderholz (Basel), 2012

When we moved to Basel, I never expected there’d be a dinosaur in the neigbourhood park. Howdy, neighbour.

This post is a result of the A Word A Week Challenge by A Word in Your Ear. Head over to Sue’s blog to learn more about the challenge, and to see more entries.

Toodles!