Well, it’s only taking me multiple months to clue you all in on a week-long trip, but hey, that’s how I roll. Now is the time for the second leg of our journey: Basel, Switzerland and Strasbourg, France! I had originally planned to combine the whole of both cities in one post, but it became much longer than anticipated, so I split the two days into two posts.
On Tuesday, we got up early in London, hopped on a bus to the airport, and set out for Basel, Switzerland! We flew EasyJet, basically the Southwest Airlines of Europe… Although they’re stricter about their carry-on policies. The flight was relatively quick and I was lucky enough to get window seat. When we landed, I snagged a combo France/Switzerland passport stamp and then we made our way to the Basel train station. As we were taking a train from Basel to Strasbourg, it made sense to orient ourselves to the city relative to the station.
The three of us only had a couple of hours to spend in Basel before our train was set to leave, so Bryant wanted to show Shannon and I a cathedral by the river border of Switzerland and Germany. On the first part of our walk there, we got some cool pictures of the local buildings and scenery, but we quickly got lost. Apparently it *is* very easy to get lost in smaller cities. Even with a map. The original walk-time was supposed to be twenty minutes… It took us an hour. Turns out, we only technically made one wrong turn and we could’ve been there in ten minutes. Bryant’s fault.
BUT we managed to make it to the cathedral in one piece, so it all worked out. Along the way, we did learn just how expensive Switzerland is. For reference, a foot-long Subway sandwich is 20 USD… Let that sink in. Luckily, I really only need to buy a map and postcard for my collections.
Overall, Basel was a beautiful city: so many quaint and quiet streets just waiting to have their picture taken. I also loved that we could look across the river and see Germany… Once we found the river, that is. Three hours was not much, but it gave us a nice taste of Switzerland. I do plan on going back one day – preferably when I have more disposable income.