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Basel, Switzerland (part five)

It is a gorgeous day out.

Our village is a ghost town since most of the people are on vacation. Many (like Vilay) work in factories which shut down for a month during the summer so that everyone takes a vacation at the same time. It is super.

I worked in my garden for a couple hours Thursday. It looks very Swiss now. :)
Yesterday, Vilay and I did a huge Spring cleaning.
Today, we are tired.
So, I haven’t continued cleaning the kids toys like I had planned.
Tomorrow, I will do that along with a whole week worth of laundry.
I won’t mind because it is suppose to be hot and sunny all day. I love hanging out laundry on sunny days.

Here are the last of the Basel photos.
This concludes our walking tour.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend.

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Train from Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

Train from Bâle (Basel), Switzerland

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Basel (part one)
Basel (part two)
Basel (part three)
Basel (part four)

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  • expatraveler July 26, 2009, 9:33 pm

    There is always so much to see! You know in the lighting industry, they too take vacations during this time. Usually the factory is shut down for at least 2 wks in the summer. Nobody here in North American can live with it. People are so demanding and want things now!!! All the while, Europeans are out enjoying life… Really that is what it is about and your photos show that as well. :)

  • expatraveler July 27, 2009, 4:01 pm

    Is it just me or do you find there is always so much more to read, see and photograph in Europe?

    I find the buildings so much more fascinating with a few extra objects to photograph…

  • anne July 27, 2009, 7:51 pm

    I have enjoyed this journey so much, your photos are brilliant, so much to see…It is amazing. Thank you for sharing these with us,

    I agree with expatraveler..so much to see and photograph in Europe and yes the Europeans really do enjoy life.

    Here in the UK, everything is so rushed, traffic is so bad going to work, everyone travels at the same time, lunches are rushed, it is all rush rush rush!!!

  • Pumpkin July 27, 2009, 10:35 pm

    Expatraveler,
    I think that I am addicted to being an expat. It is a daily challenge and it is exciting. I am never ever bored. When I went back to live in the States for six months it was hard because I understood everything and everyone. I missed the language and cultural challenges I had experienced in France. I missed waking up every day to discover something new.
    However, I have to say that there is a sort of freedom to walk anywhere that doesn’t exist in the States. Here we can walk on a farmers land while in the States you could get a gun in your face for that. Also, I like being so close to other countries that have different languages and cultures.
    Switerland is a little more special because of the fact that there are three main languages being spoken in one country and that each canton is a little unique and special with its own kind of culture.

    Anne,
    I always think of the UK as European but I can see that there is a different culture in the UK that is not unlike the one we have in the US. Everyone is rushing around in life while they are missing out on life. After moving to France I realized I was very close to a nervous break down and the slow pace of life in France made me nervous. For a few months I felt like I still needed to rush here or there and it would make me edgy that I wasn’t.

    • anne July 28, 2009, 9:10 am

      Hi Pumpkin…..I always say the Uk is in Europe but it doesn’t have any feel of it …like it does in Main land Europe…I love how you describe life to Expatraveler, the challenges, the way of life, what there is to see. I love the fact that you are so close to the other countries!! :-)

      The Uk does have some lovely places, but it is so expensive especially around the coast..and don’t even think of going in holiday season!!

      The Uk is a mixed up land, no celebrations , not even for St Georges to celebrate for England, in fear of upsetting the ethnic people that have come here in there droves…and are still getting in…we are FULL!!! No festivals, no nothing!!!

  • Pumpkin July 28, 2009, 9:30 am

    Anne,

    My mother told me that some stores in the US stopped calling Christmas trees…Christmas trees. Instead, they are called holiday trees or something similiar. It is because of the same fear of upsetting people that have immigrated to the US. I think it is silly. I can understand why you are frustrated. England has a rich history that should be celebrated and remembered.

    My husband and I talk about visiting the UK when we get a little ahead financially. I love history and London is full of it!

    My great-grandmother was English but I have no idea where her family lived in England. I really need to research that.

  • anne July 28, 2009, 6:55 pm

    Hi Pumpkin

    yes that is correct about Christmas trees etc, to political for my liking, and this is Great Britain, and some schools have stopped celebrations for fear of upsetting ethnic/muslims…It is so wrong.

    I don’t know if you know about the Golliwog, ..we used to have years ago and on our jam pots..got banned, offensive and rascist!!

    http://www.sterlingtimes.co.uk/golliwog.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golliwogg

    Take Care
    Anne

  • Pumpkin July 29, 2009, 3:15 pm

    I have never heard of a Golliwog before. I think it is no different than Raggedy Ann or Andy and it came from a storybook just like they did.

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