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Welcome – Wilkommen – Bienvenido – Bienvenue – Benvenuto – Bainvegni

Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

Welcome to our travel site:  More 2 Explore.

We hope this site inspires individuals to live the lives they were meant to live; to get out into this vast, beautiful world and explore more. To realize there is more to this life than the traditional 9 to 5.  We also plan to share our travel, cultural and educational experiences with our followers.

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Best Playgrounds Around Basel

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Outdoor Playgrounds

Claramatte – Klingentalstrasse 25
Located on the Klein Basel side of the city, this urban playground is a delight for children of all ages. With climbing areas, slides, swings, and a pool, children will be occupied for hours.

Kannenfeldpark – Burgfelderstrasse 75
This is hands down the most beautiful, enclosed park in Basel and a true haven for lovers of green space. With several small play areas including: swings, sand –pits, climbing parks and a pool, this is a great place to enjoy a full morning or day. Adults will enjoy running on the parks trail too.
*This park has a café on site.

Margarethenpark – Located in 4053 Basel
This playground is split into two manageable play areas. A pool is also available during the warmer months. Don’t forget to walk up the hill to explore the trails above and the local farm.

Schützenmattpark – Bachletten 4054
This is another big park ideal for the whole family. With swings, slides and a small play area for young children, this park is great for lounging on the grass, swimming in the small pool, or digging in the sand. There is also a “track” of sorts for those inclined to run in a gorgeous setting.
*This park has a café on site.

Solitude Park – Solitude – Promenade 4058 Basel
This small, yet fully functional park offers plenty of green space sitting right behind the Tinguely Museum. With swings, sand – pits and a climbing area, pack a snack or lunch and enjoy your meal under the shade of a nearby tree.

St. Johanns – Park – 4056 Basel
This newly refurbished playground is a great spot to spend some time during the summer months. With a nice water station for the children, plenty of nearby green space, plus a great café on location, parents can have a drink in the summer sun while their children happily play.

Grün 80 or Park im Grünen Münchenstein – Rainstrasse 6, 4142 Münchenstein
This beautiful park sits behind Merian Park and is a true gem. With a huge pond and plenty of ducks, bring along your stale bread, which is certain to entertain your children. The nature areas are vast and the park located behind the Migros restaurant is fun for children of all ages. With a zip line, baby swings, slides, climbing structures and a smaller area for younger children, the entire family will enjoy this park.
*Restaurant onsite.

Animal Parks:

Tierpark Lange Erlen – Hirzbrunnen, 4058 Basel
This is a real prize for the entire family. Essentially a small zoo, this recently updated wildlife park is great all year round. With animals to visit, parks to play, forests to discover and slow walks along the Rhine, Lange Erlen makes for the perfect outing.
*This park has a restaurant onsite.

Zoo Basel
Regardless of your take on zoos, the Basel zoo is incredible. With a wonderful indoor aquarium, a newly constructed outdoor area for the gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans, play areas for the children, an onsite restaurant, and a petting area, the zoo is a true source of constant entertainment for any family residing in the area. Accessible by trams 1 or 8 to stop “Zoo Bachletten” or trams 10 or 17 to the “Zoo” stop. The zoo is open daily, even on holidays, and costs CHF 18 per adult and children 6 to 16 pay CHF 7, but if you plan to frequent the zoo, the family pass of just CHF 140 is a fabulous deal.
http://www.zoobasel.ch/en/index.php

 

Robi Spielplätz:

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Are ideal for older children (six and up, however, our two – year – old loves them), these indoor and outdoor play areas are imaginative, funky and fun.  To learn more about the wide array of play areas and programs offered by Robi – Spielplätze. Please visit:
www.robi-spiel-aktionen.ch/

Robi Daronga - 4102 Binningen
What can I say, I fell in love and so did our children. This crazy fun play place has it all. From tree houses that look like they were built by children, a huge wooden ship for exploring, fire and sand pits, guinea pigs, pigs, and rabbits all ready to be fed each day at 15:00 and a free snack for the children at 16:00, what isn’t to love? Don’t worry about bringing bikes, or scooters, they have them on site. Entry is free and the site is open Monday – Saturday from 13:30 – 18:00.
http://www.robi-binningen.ch/

SpielEstrich Kaserne – Klybeckstrasse 1B – 4057 Basel
We have come to refer to this indoor hot spot as the play attic. With indoor slides, climbing walls, wooden beams and other crazy fun activities to keep older children entertained during the cold winter months or during the heat of the summer, this free indoor play area is too fun to miss. Bring warm clothes and indoor shoes for the colder months and don’t forget, you can book this location for birthday parties.
Check the website for opening times, but it appears as though the site is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 14:00 – 17:30.
http://www.4057-basel.ch/ai1ec_event/spielestrich-kaserne-spielparadies-unter-dem-dach/

*Always check opening times for indoor play areas and animal parks.

Photo of the Week – April 18th

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In the heart of Umbria lies the town of Assisi, made famous by St. Francis.  During spring, the red poppies are in bloom as well as the Rape Seed plants.  From the same spot, behind us (second photo) is Assisi. Perched above, on a hilltop, the Basilica San Francesco peers out over the walls.

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The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past 7 years and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday…)

Basel Goes Botanical

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There are two incredibly diverse botanical gardens in Basel. Both with their own charm and both extremely family friendly.  The spring is the ideal time to visit local gardens with children of all ages.

Merian Park, Botanical Garden Brüglingen
If you have not yet been to Merian Park (sits behind Grün 80) please promise yourself that you will pay this remarkable garden a visit in the very near future. With a playground for the children (sandpit, running water, slide and climbing area), incredible Iris gardens in the spring, vegetable gardens, chickens, sheep and rabbits, the entire family can enjoy spending time in nature. And don’t forget to sip a coffee at the gorgeous café (located behind the beautiful white and gray estate) while your children run freely through the grass and count the fish in the koi pond.

Address: Vorder Brüglingen 5, 4052 Basel Right behind the St. Jakob Indoor Arena.  Accessible via tram 14 – St. Jakob stop.
Hours: Daily 8:00 until dusk
Admission: Free
http://www.meriangaerten.ch
http://www.seegarten-gruen80.ch/park (Next to Botanical Garden)
*Café onsite

Tip:  The Eurasian Blue Tits are very friendly at the park.  If one is patient, they will happily land on your hand, bringing incredible joy to everyone.

Botanical Garden of the University
With an indoor greenhouse filled with birds, frogs and other incredible animals, children can easily learn to love plants and animals in a single visit. Menander through the gardens and explore – you won’t be disappointed. The greenhouse is an ideal treat in winter, providing a magical place to warm – up! Visit their website for special events.

Address: Schönbeinstrasse 6, 4056 Basel
Hours: April to October 8:00 – 18:00
November to March: 8:00 – 17:00
Greenhouses: All year 9:00 – 17:00
Admission: Free
botgarten.unibas.ch

Expat Life – Love It or Leave It

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Moving is stressful, but moving to a new country can be absolutely paralyzing.
Here are a few tips to help you get moving again and make the most of your new life.

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Learn the Language
Though most people in Basel speak English and the Expat community can keep you pretty comfy in your English speaking ways, there is no substitute for learning the language.

2013-07-06-Bort_433Find Your “Go to Girl”
This is vital. Find at least one person you trust with the extra key to your flat, with your children, that can be there in a flash should you have an emergency. Find her quick too, you never know when you might just need an extra set of hands, help getting to the hospital, or being rescued when your two – year- old daughter locks you out on the balcony. Oh, and reciprocate in ten fold. Drop off flowers every once in awhile just because, invite her to dinner, take hikes, go on holiday, not only is she a great friend, she is your new family.

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2009-10-10-Basel_SignGo Home
Sometimes, despite the fact that I adore Switzerland, I miss home. I pine for grocery store conversations with strangers, the national park that sat so close to our home, getting lost in a good book or chat at my favorite café, hugging bodies that are so dear to me, smiling with my family, and when I just long for the familiar, I know it is time to retreat back to the States. Book your flight, bring along an empty suitcase for all the treats you miss and enjoy!

2013-10-20-Engelberg_165Try, Try and Try Again
You will fail. You will be humbled; you will cry, wince and wonder what the hell you are doing, but keep on trying. Try to speak the language, try to stand up for yourself when that mean old lady yells at you or your children on the tram, cry because you miss the comforts of home, but once all of that is said and done, pick yourself up and carry on. You will be stronger, happier and grateful for each new day and each new experience.

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Photo of the Week – April 11th

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It is spring time and great weather to get out side.  What is your Sport or Activity?  We would love to hear it.  For me, it’s cycling season!  More2Explore reminds you to “Get Out and Go” and advises against taking photos while riding your bicycle. =o)

Photo_Week_20140411_Ride_June_2012The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past 7 years and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday…)

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