Sometimes you do not get what you wish for and sometimes your timing sucks!
Big time this year: a week before Fasnacht (carneval) I caught a cold (or so I thought) and could not practise, try to play the piccolo (or any other flute) with a cough! I finally heeded the advice to go and see my doctor. He prescribed a heavy dosage of antibiotics for bronchitis and wished me good luck.
One of the highlight is Morgestraich, the official start of our carneval at 4 am on Monday morning, all lights go out at 4 am and only the lights of the lanterns shine through darkness. All participants start with the same march Morgestraich, goose bumps guaranteed.
Not for me this year, I was home in bed but woke up at 3.30 and sat in front of the TV with tears in my eyes.
I was determined to make it for Tuesday, this is the day dedicated to all children, from age 1 – 99, where there are little rules and no fixed parade, a day dedicated to having fun and letting your imagination and creativity run free.
Enjoy this year’s highlight, Bollywood Basel style:
What a lovely day: sunshine and no clouds in sight. Temperatures are up to an uncommon 16° C, when stuck on the Mittlere Rheinbrücke you will feel the heat beneath your mask and all the layers of clothes!
The selfie has caught up in Basel as well
Basel is built on many hills and you need a perfect physical condition walking up and down the hills while playing.
Münster of Basel with half moon
Up on the hill where the biggest open air exhibition takes place:
And down the hill again to the prestigious Hotel Les Trois Rois for a well deserved glass of wine!
On the terrace of Les Trois Rois
and dinner later on.
Carminoir de Vétroz – red wine from Wallis
Home early today, a little bit shaky on my legs (not due to imbibing of alcoholic beverages) but very happy with a lovely day.