Basler Herbstmesse 2019

It’s that time of year again in Basel when the rides are installed, the food is plentiful and the city draws millions of people from the neighboring countries to celebrate the fall festivities.

This year Basler Herbstmesse will take place from October 26 through November 12.  The main locations for this seasonal event are:  Marktplatz, Barfüsserplatz, Petersplatz, Kasernenareal, and Messeplatz.

Mark your calendars, grab your children and enjoy this magical time of the year!

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Pratteln to Muttenz – Rebenweg

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There is something absolutely magical about the autumn. Wearing sweaters, getting cozy under the glow of candles at night and the urge to hunker down and relax are all moments of dream of year round. Another aspect of the autumn that is full of joy and wonder, is the opportunity to hike through the many vineyards that fill the Swiss landscape. If you are located in the Basel area and looking for a gorgeous ramble through the vines consider the following:

Start: Pratteln  Banhofstrasse (tram 14)

Finish:  Muttenz Dorf or reverse

Time: Roughly 2 hours

Accessible via tram 14 – Pratteln

Kilometers: Roughly 7.3km

Trail Markers: Follow the white and green trail markers indicating, “Rebenweg.”

We have completed this hike several times and enjoy this easy trail immensely this time of the year.

To see more details, including a map on this hike, please visit:

https://www.bergwelten.com/t/w/25855

http://www.weinbauverein-muttenz.ch/assets/Files/Rebenweg%20Muttenz-Pratteln.pdf

Long Train Ride Tunes

One of the greatest pleasures of this life is good music. My gosh, I adore a fabulous song with soulful lyrics and words that have the ability to transport me.  If you are about to go on a long train journey and need some deeply relaxing, incredibly chill music, here is a small playlist we curated just for you. Enjoy and don’t forget to look out the window at that incredible scenery.

Sasha Sloan is a recent discovery and two of her songs keep playing on repeat in our home. Whew…just have a listen.

Dancing With Your Ghost

Another favorite is Older

Vance Joy – Mess is Mine

Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly

Gert Taberner – Fallen

Haux – Seaside

Finding Hope – 3:00AM

Peter Manos – In My Head

This powerful and intense song may not hit the “mellow” list, but I am moved and inspired by the lyrics.

Aurora – The Seed

 

All set…the best train ride ever!

Travel Tip – Go!

 

Here is a little travel tip for you…GO! Yes, you can find a million reasons not to go…money, work, family, needs over wants, too far, too hot, too cold, too many tourists, next year, maybe when I am older, perhaps for a big birthday, a celebration, only if my friend can come, when I have saved X number of dollars, oh, just stop already. Stop right there, I have a little secret for you. Lean in to hear this…you have no idea what the future holds, none of us do, so live today (responsibly of course..wink, wink).

So, if there is somewhere you are dreaming about going, do what you can to make that location a priority in your life. We know too many people who put off their dreams for a future date that may never arrive. You don’t have to be lavish, nor blow the bank, but find a deal and book your trip. It is certain that life changes for the better when we start taking chances!

Tip: If you cannot afford a full blown trip, consider a day trip or a short weekend excursion to shake things up a bit! Visit a new city, town, museum, restaurant, or go for a hike in a new area. We don’t have to go far to absorb the allure of travel.

Where is your dream destination and why haven’t you gone yet?

 

Family Hotel Gorfion – Malbun, Liechtenstein

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The hotel greeted us with open arms and our children immediately ran to explore their new surroundings. Nestled in a remote and peaceful valley, Family Hotel Gorfion in Malbun, Liechtenstein was exactly the type of holiday we needed as a family. The hotel knows what children and parents need in order to offer respite from the day – to – day stress that often bogs us down as we try to juggle all the demands of raising a young family.

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As the morning sun peeked out over the horizon we would slowly make our way to the outdoor playground for a morning swing, or dig before eating a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we fell into the true rhythm of the hotel and encouraged our children to play, create and explore with others in the child care, while we set off to discover the beautiful peaks that dominated the landscape. After a few hours of solo hiking, we would return to pick – up our always happy children, who were all too eager to tell us what they had done in our time away. We would then enjoy a family lunch and participate in an afternoon activity with the children. For us, the hotel offered the perfect blend of family time and the alone time we desperately needed as a couple.

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For those parents who are raising their children alone (think expat life), hotels such as the Family Hotel Gorfion might just be the perfect solution to finding the alone time you crave as a couple. This was our first mini-vacation that actually felt like a holiday, as we were able to hike as a couple, talk as adults and relish in each others company. Our time alone was enhanced by the fact that our children were able to play, meet new friends and create their own memories away from us. Children need breaks from their parents as well!

With incredible child care available onsite, amazing activities to keep our children entertained and a ton of onsite amenities, this establishment restored our faith in family hotels. To learn more about the hotel, please visit their website, but we have provided a quick overview of the amenities and services the hotel provides for families.

Rooms:

  • Small but adequate
  • Immaculate
  • Modern
  • Perfectly accommodated our family of four (small bunk beds were available with side rails for the children)
  • A small table and chairs were also in the room for the children to use for coloring, eating, etc.
  • Robes were provided for the entire family to use at the pool or spa

Facilities/Amenities:

  • A small, indoor swimming pool available onsite (our children loved this)
  • A great playground outside just by the terrace so that the parents could enjoy a drink or meal, while the children jumped on the trampoline, dug in the sand – pit, enjoyed the swings, played ping pong, or rode the many Bobbi cars available
  • Kinder Care – check website for details and hours
  • Strollers available onsite
  • Hiking Backpacks available onsite
  • Spa for adults
  • Lounge for adults
  • A common area that offered a refrigerator, washing machine and dryer and microwave oven! Amazing!

Meals:

  • Drinks available all day at children’s level so they could help themselves
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Snacks in the afternoon
  • Lunch
  • Dinner – parents can opt to eat with or without children
  • Fresh baby meals prepared daily onsite with organic and local ingredients. Parents of small children are provided with a menu to select meals from. Wow!

Needless to say, we all had a lovely time and our children were quite sad when we told them it was time to go home.

Hotel Website: https://gorfion.li/