Basel, May 28, 2014 – Tomorrow the tailors convention starts, but some of us like relaxed driving and so you just leave a day early. At 6.15 am we left from Alphen aan den Rijn towards Basel. In one way or another ‘Claire’ (the voice of the Garmin planner) wanted to send us to Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels. However, our drive , a tough cookie, did not budge and we continued our way to ‘s – Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven, Venlo and beyond.
Finally we have arrived . 8 hours later at our destination, after the peaceful route, far from the traffic jams of Düsseldorf, Cologne and Karlsruhe. Even though we sometimes asked ourselves whether we were on the right track. Germany, little piece of France and then Germany again.
After checking into the hotel, unpacking suitcases, bags and garment bags, we went to visit our colleague Oliver Häberli in the St. Alban Vorstadt where he has his shop and workshop. A nice quiet street, old houses – one has 1440 on the facade – with specialty shops and restaurants. Oliver is also one of the organizers of the conference which starts tomorrow.
After visiting the company and some directions from the owner , we walkled to the center of Great Basel. As in Amsterdam, Basel is a kind of open-air museum, beautiful old buildings, tinkling super long trams, no ‘canals’ except the one that crosses the city, the Rhine River.
On a terrace , we enjoyed the beautiful weather, the rain we had left behind around Koblenz. Later we were joined by two other conference delegates from the Dutch southern Region, Even the organiser found us at this relaxing bar..
Later we went to a restaurant on ‘Barfi’ or the Barfüssplatz. We are fashion makers so to stay in the theme we went to “Zum Braunen Mutze” Beerhall. Unfortunately, a “Mutze” is not a hat but a bear, again we learned something!
One of the hotel amenities is a card for public transport. This transport is not checked as we know it by officials, but the penalties for jumping the bus are high. We had heard that line 6 would bring us to the hotel and back. So we boarded on Barfi and we would figure out where we needed to get off. First to the end of the line and then back, but at the super modern Messe, on the other side of the river we disembarked. Line 2 brought more outcome and put us after 7 stops in front of the hotel. At least we saw some more of the city and the outskirts of town.
The black flag above is that of Basel City and Basel Country is the one in red. They both show the culmination of a crosier. Since 749 Basel is a a cathedral city.
Published in Dutch on the BMA website.