5 good reasons to spend a weekend in Basel

5 good reasons to spend a weekend in Basel

The discovery of Basel was a real surprise for me. Located on the banks of the Rhine at the crossroads of the three borders Switzerland, France and Germany, it is a real gem. The third largest city in Switzerland, behind Zurich and Geneva, is not very well known at the tourist level, which is very surprising. It is true that when we think of a trip to Switzerland, we first imagine its mountains and natural landscapes rather than cities. Yet Basel is definitely worth the detour! It has the charm of a village while having the cultural assets of a great metropolis, with in addition the splendid natural setting of the banks of the Rhine in which one can even bathe! It’s really an ideal destination to discover on a weekend, or more if you have the time,

1 / The cultural capital of Switzerland

With a total of 40 museums, Basel has the highest density of museums in Switzerland. Every year, in mid-June, it becomes the world capital of contemporary art with the holding of Art Basel, the largest living room of modern and contemporary art in the world.

One of the most famous museums is the Fondation Beyeler , which presents a collection of 200 works of art including Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, Warhol … The building was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and presents a beautiful harmony between Art, architecture and nature with the garden and the surrounding fields.

Until 1 October 2017, the temporary exhibition is dedicated to photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. Then, it will be the abstract painter Paul Klee until January 21, 2018. Prices and practical information .

Plus: Lunch at the restaurant in the Foundation Park, Berower Park Restaurant. When the weather is nice, you can eat in the garden overlooking the sculptures of Alexander Calder and Ellsworth Kelly. Fine cuisine with seasonal products (around CHF 30 for lunch).

The other museum I really liked was the one dedicated to Jean Tinguely, one of the most original Swiss artists of the 20th century with his mobile mechanical sculptures. We know him well in Paris because he made the Stravinsky fountain near Beaubourg, in collaboration with his wife, Niki de Saint Phalle. Like the Fondation Beyeler, the Tinguely Museum was also created by one of the world’s leading architects, the Swiss Mario Botta. Again, it fits very well with the surrounding garden, where you can see sculptures like that of Niki de Saint Phalle.

The most impressive piece of the museum Tinguely is the work “Utopia”, its real name “Big Meta-Maxi-Maxi-Utopia”. With 140 m2 of floor space, it is a sculpture-machine over 4 meters high, which can be climbed by stairs and mechanical walkways. There is an incredible system of wooden wheels and pieces of metal that move when you operate the mechanism. A great visit for children, as for adults elsewhere …

In addition to visiting the museum, or if you do not have time to go, you should at least visit the Tinguely fountain, close to the old town.

The idea a little crazy: we can return to the Tinguely Museum to swim, diving into the Rhine … But that I talk about it further!

10 things to see or do while traveling in Bali

10 things to see or do while traveling in Bali

When we imagine a trip to Bali, we fantasize about its dream beaches, postcard rice paddies and sacred temples … But on arrival, we sometimes disillusion a little face to its traffic jams, pollution and drifts of a poorly controlled mass tourism. It’s been just a week since I left Bali and I still struggle to take stock of this trip. To be honest, I went from exasperation to wonder. It makes you dizzy and in the end, we do not know what to think … Bali deserves in any case a thorough trip. Better to spend time there, both to visit the tourist attractions, but also to think outside the box and discover unknown places. This top 10 is a kind of mix of all this … At the same time of the places that you will find in all the guides of voyage, like Uluwatu and the forest of the monkeys, and others very little known or downright unusual, like the Tegunungan waterfall or the 3D illusion museum of Seminyak. I hope you canpick some ideas for organizing your trip to Bali.

1 / The dream beaches of the Bukit peninsula

The beach of Green Bowl in South Bali

This is the fantasy when you arrive in Bali: find a paradise beach with white sand, turquoise water, and – preferably – not too many tourists … The beach favorite of my trip to Bali, it was Green Bowl Beach , all the way south of the Bukit Peninsula. It’s like postcards: you’re almost alone and the decor is heavenly! The beach is suitable for both surfers and non-surfers since the waves are offshore. The ideal, when, like me, we do not like waves at all.

Among the other very nice beaches of the Bukit Peninsula, I also really liked Pandawa Beach(this is the top photo of the article above). There are a few more people, but the advantage is that there are plenty of warungs (traditional Indonesian restaurants) and you can eat a good grilled fish overlooking the turquoise water.

See also, right next to Pandawa beach: Padang Padang beach , made famous by the movie Eat, Pray and Love . The atmosphere is much less quiet since the success of the film that has attracted tourists, but the setting remains splendid and we take the game to follow in the footsteps of Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. Otherwise, for other sublime beaches in Bali, spend a few days on the island of Nusa Lembongan , 30 minutes by boat off Sanur.

Padang Padang beach. Photo credit: Emily Zanier Travel and Film

2 / The rice fields of Jatiluwih

I have traveled to several countries in Southeast Asia, and I must admit that Bali’s rice fields are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. You have to go to the rice fields of Jatiluwih, located in the center of the island, a little north of Ubud. They have also been classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, both for the beauty of the landscape and the importance of rice cultivation in the country. Jatiluwih in Indonesian means “really wonderful” and it’s really the right term to describe the rice terraces of the site.

3 / Uluwatu, its temple, its cliffs and the surf Uluwatu is one of the most famous places in Bali, famous for its cliff-top temple and surf spot. Regarding the Pura Luhur Ulu Watu, the temple, we come for the view, because the panorama of the Indian Ocean is magical, but not for the temple in fact, because only the faithful can access it. It is necessary to pay attention to the monkeys however, very numerous, and who do not hesitate to jump on the tourists to steal pairs of glasses or any other shining object …

When it comes to surfing, Uluwatu is known around the world for the strength of its waves. It’s a place for experienced surfers. For others, the best is to enjoy the view in one of the many bars and cafes that line the cliff.

4 / The sunset in Seminyak

Seminyak, it’s a little Asian Saint-Tropez, with its trendy bars, fashion boutiques, art galleries … Its beach is located in the extension of that of Kuta Beach, north. It’s more like a beach for surfers with big waves. In the late afternoon, everyone is there to watch the sunset and must say that the show is sublime! There are plenty of nice bars to sip a good cocktail or a cool Bintang enjoying the view. One of the most popular places is the bar La Plancha, very photogenic with its Moorish parasols and multicolored poufs. Once night falls, it’s the right place to party on the beach!