Tuesday Sept 6th –
Morning held the last bit of packing up, coffee and stroopwafels, posting a blog so I was all caught up, Mike loading up the car and then us hitting the road by 10:30.
Basel Switzerland awaited us once a 7 hour drive was complete 🛣🇨🇭
But first things first.
Gas up and car wash 😏
‘Dove’ had to be washed off my car door handle as Mike had murdered one the day before🐦💔
I decided the wisest time to sleep would be the start of the trip considering I’d already seen all that scenery before, so seat back, blanket up and la la land visited 😴
Next visited, McDonald’s 😏
No road trip is complete without at least one stop there right?
After that it was straight on until we got to Basel, and started the 25 min search for a parking spot 😬
It would seem even less parking is available here then in Amsterdam even and that’s pretty hard to beat!
But a parking garage was finally found and Mike then had the pleasure of hauling the suitcase up and down a few flights of stairs before we made it to ‘Motel One’.
A rest and rinse and then out to see town we went🏤⛪️🏛👫
The evening weather was perfect for walking and it’s a good thing we went out after shops had closed because there was no shortage of tempting window displays 😁
Mike has finally got an iPhone again and he is over the moon about it, as for me I’m happy for him but I forgot how much longer walks are when he has a camera that works well 😏
I think I like Switzerland😊
The part we were in anyways.
It seems to have a lot of variety, old and new, green trees along the way, vines climbing up everything or stately, cobblestone courtyards.
Many water fountains were passed and though the town seemed large and full of things to do it wasn’t packed with people.
One thing we didn’t like was the food prices😬
A fondue for 35 Francs perhaps? Or maybe a soup for 20? And to drink, 5.50 iced tea or water for 4.50 (no refills)?😁😜
Prices seemed high all over so we buckled down as what else was to be done?
We needed to eat😳
( 1 Franc equals about .92 Euro cents)
Our first official cheese fondue was tried at ‘ Restaurant Walliser Kanne’ and it was very good🧀
Thank goodness it didn’t taste like the restaurant smelled though 😬
The smell was that of strong cheese/stinky feet so it was almost worrying to order the fondue with that scent in your nose but thankfully it doesn’t resemble the flavour in the slightest.
I like a bit of variation with the cheese and bread and my creamy tomato soup was just that👌🏻
Though prices were steep, the meal and service were both very nice and I’m getting hungry just writing about/remembering it 😁
During dinner I made my very first Dutch rhyme! 😜
I guess ‘all day, every day’ isn’t really a thing Dutch people say, so I decided I would make it my thing 😏😜
I asked Mike what his nationality was (in Dutch) so after he answered and asked what mine was and I answered, ‘Hele dag, elke dag, ik ben Canadese’.
When said in Dutch, it rhymes and though it seems simple, maybe stupid and possibly lame, I was thrilled haha.
Rhyming, puns and the like are a large part of my family life back in Canada so to make one up without knowing much of the language at all, made dinner all the better 😋🙈
I’m slightly embarrassed to confess this now but it’s too much writing to delete, I think I was getting tired 😜
Back at Motel One, Mike was pleasantly surprised to find a soccer game on and I was as pleased to find cute little heart candies💙
They tasted weird though 😋
All in all it was a good day 😊
I don’t drive so I have nothing to complain about but even Mike said the 7 hours driving still felt less tiring than a few hours flying.
Yet it still gives the effect of being far from the usual stomping grounds and we got to see lots to please the eyes in our couple hours of evening😉