Day trip destinations from Basel, Switzerland – some travel daydreaming and planning

Researching and planning for trips is really an addictive activity for me. The more blog posts I read about my destination, the more I want to read. The more airbnb apartments I look up, the more I want to search for. The more train timetables I devour, the more I want to find. Which is why the … [Read more...]

My version of budget travel (aka I’m a cheapskate traveller!)

Inspired by a piece on BootsnAll about travelling cheaply (or as cheap as possible) in five expensive countries, I have been thinking about what I'd like to call "cheapskate travel" - my version of budget travel. First up, you should know that I was raised by a bank manager father and a real estate … [Read more...]

An art museum where (nearly) everything moves

Last night I had the fantastic pleasure of seeing Shaun Tan speak: if you don't know him, he's an artist/illustrator/author who is originally from Perth, growing up in a suburb just down the road from me, and now he's an Academy Award winner, among a tonne of other accolades. While I could blather … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Basel’s wall of plates

With my sister-in-law and her family living in the pretty city of Basel, Switzerland, I've visited often and been shown a number of the more unusual sights. This one still rates as a favourite: it's a wall of plates. Nobody can tell me anything about the what or why, but I guess it just is what it … [Read more...]

How I survived air travel with a baby

I booked my little boy's first international plane trip before I even knew he was a little boy. It seemed like a crazy thing to do at the time, but booking a trip from Australia to Europe is kind of a necessity when your other half is German and all his family (naturally enough) will want to meet … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: Into Switzerland and a lot more snow

We might've seen our very first bit of snow in Greece, but thankfully there was more to come - who says you need to visit Europe in winter to see snow?In the Simplon Pass crossing from Italy to Switzerland, we came across enough snow to actually try our odd Aussie version of snowsports. I'll always … [Read more...]