We flew from San Diego to Heathrow, then to Euro Airport, which is actually in France, not Switzerland. Different airport exits will take you to different countries. We took the exit to Basel, and found that we could take public transportation free since we had verified hotel reservations. We took the bus to Badisher Bahnhof (train station), and then a tram to the Marktplatz stop and then walked to the Hotel Basel. It was nearly midnight, but I was impressed by how well the transit system worked.
|A tram station at midnight|
Our hotel was billed as a 'gastronomic' hotel, and the breakfast buffet lived up to the description.
|Just some of the many cheeses that were on offer.|
We had some free time in Basel before boarding the ship for the Rhine cruise, and one of the hotel staff suggested we take the free "Panorama" tour of the City on the city trams. After that we walked along the Rhine between the Mittlere Bridge and the Weltstein Bridge. There was a city-wide music festival going on in August, and apparently they expected some quaffing to be going on.
|Portable mens' room. Where are the facilities for the women?|
So much to see, so little time.
|Minster Cathedral from the river.|
|A restaurant window.|
|At first glance this looks like a classic statue, then you see the suitcase.|
|First view of our stateroom.|