Busy in Basel, Switzerland

Thursday 30th July

We had only a  morning to wander the relatively quiet and ordered streets of Basel in Switzerland after the tourist chaos, blistering sun and sheer noise of Florence.  The contrast was quite remarkable.  Virtually no tourists, a cool 23 degrees,  a much more homogeneous and “older” society, (vast numbers of European tourists are under 40) and the sort of architecture that makes you feel like you have landed in Disneyland with everything manicured, everything sweet, chocolate and cherries everywhere and everything carefully painted and finished.

Ann on a bridge over the Rhine river in Basel with the Cathedral in the distance

Ann on a bridge over the Rhine river in Basel with the Cathedral in the distance

Our soul goal was to visit the Basel Cathedral and honour Erasmus, whose tomb is found there. Erasmus has always been a hero of mine and his “In Praise of Folly” should be compulsory reading for all Christians. His achievement of editing and having published an accurate copy of the Greek New Testament kick started Luther and Tyndale and in a way made the Reformation possible by providing authority and trust in the text of God’s Word written. After the cathedral will visit we wandered the streets of Basel and had a carefully negotiated lunch,  as Switzerland will only deal in Swiss Francs or Euro notes, not coins so we had to judge our Euro costs to the closet Euro note!

We then travelled the short distance by train from Basel to Strasbourg through flat well cropped fields, picked up a hire car, a Renault Capture in Strasbourg and spent far too much time working out where to park it cheaply as our hotel has no serious car park.

early C16th Basel home -serious contrast to Florence

early C16th Basel home -serious contrast to Florence

Basel Cathedral. A C16th Gothic church now Reformed Oecolampard church

Basel Cathedral. A C16th Gothic church now Reformed Oecolampard church

Interior of Basel Cathedral

Interior of Basel Cathedral

Erasmus' tomb in Basel Cathedral. Erasmus effectively enabled the Reformation by carefully editing and having published an accurate edition of the New Testament in Greek

Erasmus’ tomb in Basel Cathedral. Erasmus effectively enabled the Reformation by carefully editing and having published an accurate edition of the New Testament in Greek

The West wall of Basel is, like all Gothic churches, huge, magnified in red stone.

The West wall of Basel is, like all Gothic churches, huge; this one magnified in red stone.

Basel old town and market

Basel old town and market

Basel primary teacher using a puppet to teach history and geography

Basel primary teacher using a puppet to teach history and geography

Death of the dragon on front wall of Basel Cathedral

Death of the dragon on front wall of Basel Cathedral

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