Zürich West

In the industrial quarter of Zürich, the arches of the railway viaduct house various independent boutiques, cafés, and trendy furniture shops. Markthalle (the indoor market) has lovely artisanal food stalls, and a restaurant which opens 7 days a week (seriously? In Switzerland???). Not quite Brooklyn, but this part of Zürich has hipster written all over it.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Kiddy rides at Münsterplatz.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Artisan and craft stalls in Petersplatz…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

And of course, the food….

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

By night, Herbstmesse is a treat for the eyes…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

That’s all for now.

Toodles!

Autumnal Colours

You know it’s autumn when…

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

…you see apples everywhere – even in shop windows

DSC_0861

…and pumpkins abound in farmers’ markets everywhere.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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