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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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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
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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…)

Kids Explore – Swiss Child Friendly Museums

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Basel is home to some very impressive museums. Listed below are a few museums that are ideal for children.

Natural History Museum of Basel
This child–friendly museum houses live bugs, microscopes for hands-on discovery, large dinosaur skeletons, a woolly mammoth and a great deal of other opportunities to keep children occupied.

Address: Augustinergasse 2, 4051 Basel
Hours: Closed Monday     Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission –Museum Pass Accepted or CHF Adults CHF 7 and Youth/Students – CHF 5
1st Sunday of the month – Free Admission

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Spielzeugmuseum Riehen
What makes this museum so engaging is the toy room on the right as you enter. With Legos, chalk boards and other fun things to play with, children can easily spend an hour playing before they explore the museum’s offerings. There are trains, boats, dolls, planes and other exhibits in which children will enjoy taking in. The museum focuses primarily on European toys from the last 200 years.

Address: Baselstrasse 34, 4125 Riehen
Hours: Monday 11:00 – 17:00 Tuesday is closed! Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission: CHF 7

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel
This museum is every collectors dream come true. With teddy bears, old dolls, trains, doll houses and much more, children can easily get swept away in the fun of it all. My children prefer the few moving exhibits, such as the moving carrousels, but always become disappointed when the movement of the toys times out.

Address: Steinenvorstadt 1, 4051 Basel
Hours: Museum, Shop and Restaurant Open Daily from 10:00 – 18:00
Cost of Admission: Museum Pass Accepted Adults CHF 7 Children up to 16 years old are admitted free with an adult.
*This museum has a café on site.

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Museum Tinguely
This museum hosts a collection of Jean Tinguely’s work. Tinguely was the Swiss sculptor and painter who grew up in Basel. The museum is fabulous for children who like to observe moving objects and hear loud sounds through interactive displays.

From February 19 – May 11 an exhibit entitled, “Play Objects. The Art of Possibilities will be housed at the museum. There will be roughly 100 objects of art that can be modified.

The museum offers a Kinderclub (available in German only) Wednesdays from 14:00 – 17:00 for children aged 8 and over. The cost is CHF 5 and booking is required by calling +41 61 688 92 70.

Address: Paul Sacher – Anlage 2 4002 Basel
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
Cost of Admission: Museum Pass Accepted Adults CHF 15 Youth/Students CHF 10
*This museum has a café on site.

Feuerwehrmuseum
If your children are fascinated by firemen and fire houses, this museum is the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

Address: Spalenvorstadt 11
Hours: Every Sunday afternoon 14:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission: Admission to the museum is free – you cannot beat that!

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Basel Paper Mill – The Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing
Provides a historical perspective on paper making and printing, but don’t worry, children can enjoy making their own paper with the assistance of the staff.
Address: St. Alban – Tal 37, 4052 Basel
Hours: Tuesday –Friday /Sunday 11:00 – 17:00 Saturday 13:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission: Adult: CHF 15 School –children aged 6 to 16: CHF 9 Family admission is CHF 30 or 38
*This museum has a café on site.

* If you are not familiar with the Museums–Pass, consider learning more about this incredible deal that offeres families access to over 280 museums in Germany, France and Switzerland.
http://www.museumspass.com

Swiss Museum of Transport
This museum is incredible and well worth the steep ticket price and time it takes to get to Luzern. With trains, planes, outer space and a grand outdoor, hands–on play area for children, what child wouldn’t be happy? Plan to spend an entire day at the museum, but pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your meal by the lake. Don’t worry, you can get back into the museum once you have enjoyed your meal and the scenery. Travel tip…consider taking the boat to the museum from the train station for an added adventure for the whole family. The museum offers an extensive restaurant and café if you are not inclined to pack your own.

Address: Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Luzern
Hours: Summer 10:00 – 18:00 Winter 10:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission: Adults CHF 30 without the theater with theater is CHF 40. Children under 6 are free if accompanied by an adult. UBS often runs specials for the museum, as does the SBB.

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Photo of the Week – April 4th

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During one of our trips “home,” we visited one of the gorgeous beaches of Santa Barbara, California.

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The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past 6 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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