Well, posting those pictures a couple of days ago reminded me of how much I’ve missed being here. So even though it’s late and I don’t have a lot to say today, I do have some photos that I took several months ago in Basel when I visited the paper museum there. As you know, I have a bit of a thing for paper and books and things, so the day before I left Strasbourg to come home to Edinburgh, I hopped on a train and went to Switzerland for one more look at the beautiful town of Basel and this fascinating museum.
The inside of the museum was a little confusing to navigate, but it was fascinating and beautiful. I loved that we had the opportunity to get our hands dirty and make some paper ourselves, using the big vat of mush and a special frame for sifting the pulp.
They had separate floors for the paper-making process itself, different writing materials through the ages, writing systems such as hieroglyphics, the Roman alphabet and Korean character construction; and finally, bookbinding. Unfortunately I arrived too late and the museum was closing by the time I made it to the top floor, so I missed that section. Next time, though!
I have to say, I really did love Basel. It’s the only place in Switzerland I’ve ever visited, but it has me intrigued to know more about the country. The shops are exquisite (unfortunately the price tags are exquisite too), the streets are clean, the air is crisp and fresh, and it just feels good to be there.
I only ever managed day-trips to Basel, as overnight stays were far too expensive, but from Strasbourg it was a short enough journey that that was totally possible, with a little planning. It is true what they say about things being incredibly expensive in Switzerland, so I would recommend taking your own picnic if you were to go for the day, and maybe a Thermos too, as a coffee will set you back about 7 CHF. Better to save it for museum entry! Although, in fairness, it’s a beautiful place just to take a stroll, completely free of charge.
That’s all for today – just a few pictures I took a long time ago back when the sun came out for more than 8 hours a day and when I could hop on a train for €30 and go to Switzerland for the day. It’s funny – I’m still in Europe but for some reason the UK seems so much further away…
Hope you’re all well and oh look – it’s tomorrow already! Happy Hallowe’en everyone!