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Christmas in Basel (Bale)

Sunday, we made our way by train to Basel for the Christmas Market.  It was worth the longer train ride just to see the faces of my children.  Since they are all getting big, they really enjoyed the Christmas market this year.  

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

We arrived in the train station in Basel.  

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

Our first glimpse of the Christmas Market.

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

It smelled wonderful.

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

It was difficult to walk at some points but we managed to move with the crowd and sometimes through it.  

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

My kids adored this stall.  It isn’t hard to see why.

I didn’t know Vilay took this photo.  It is strange to see even a little part of me in photos since I am the one that is usually behind the camera.  

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

We didn’t buy any cookies but I was tempted!

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

The streets were all decorated.  Window shopping was very festive.

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

Warm chestnuts.

My husband and my six year old daughter ate them up while the rest of us were happy to let them. 

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

I love the big cow bells hanging in the top left side of the photo.  Very Swiss.

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

The tent in the middle was perfect to grab a drink or bite to eat out of the cold.  
Not only did it resemble a carousel it turned like one as well. 

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

Tinguely Fountain

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

This beauiful dog never moved from his pose even as my noisy children walked behind him!  I think he was waiting for his master who was inside.

Basel (Bale), Switzerland

Swiss army blankets to keep you warm as you sip your coffee outdoors.


Flickr photos of the Basel Christmas market


Our Heart String has a new post!  

My daughter had some problems getting her photos off her camera’s memory card last week.  This weekend, she managed to find her camera’s cable and pulled them off that way.  


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  • Hexe December 8, 2008, 3:37 pm

    I would agree with your children’s choice of booths – so many bright colors! I have always wished to attend a Christmas Market so thank you for sharing your visit.

  • anne December 8, 2008, 7:45 pm

    I also would agree with your children, such a lovely stall. We love wooden toys, all the puzzles. Oh and the cookie stall. I really like the chocolate stars hanging up. I buy German Lebkuchen every year, I prefer these to the British mince pies, and christmas cake.

  • Frédé December 8, 2008, 11:40 pm

    If you all like Christmas markets, I suggest you should also visit Montreux’s one. It’s really great :o).
    Have a nice week !

  • expatraveler December 9, 2008, 5:12 am

    Oh this is my favorite market!!! I am so glad you guys got to go and see it. I shouldn’t second guess myself as my first instinct was Basel! Oh and I loved the cowbells the most too!!!! I used to come here in the eves and breathe in the smells and adore all of the stalls. It never gets old!!!

  • Pumpkin December 9, 2008, 5:22 pm

    You have to at least once! I still have a soft spot for the Christmas market in Strasbourg but it was my first.

    I have never tried Geman Lebkuchen or mince pies. I have seen recipes online so I will need to give them a shot.

    I love Christmas markets! We will have to put that on the list for next year. It is funny because someone else told me the other day that I had to go see this Christmas market. :)

    I love cow bells! It is one of my favorite things about Switzerland. You are right that the Christmas market never gets old.

  • Caffienated Cowgirl December 11, 2008, 8:33 am

    What a great market. Haven’t made it to Basel yet…even though it’s not that far away. It’s on the list of places to go.

  • Pumpkin December 11, 2008, 12:24 pm

    Caffienated Cowgirl,
    It is very nice and we had a great time.

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