With our demi-tarif (half off) train passes expiring later this year, F and I have decided to make traveling in Switzerland a greater priority and, in particular, to Zurich – the largest city – and Basel, the Swiss city almost between the French and German borders. Zurich is still on the horizon but last weekend we decided to take a full-day trip to Basel (just 2.5 hours from Geneva) for two reasons:

1. BaselWorld

In short, BaselWorld is a huge exposition of watches and jewelry – from the high end such as Harry Winston, where you can only go in if you reserved ahead of time, to the brands more affordable to the layman and many others in between that I had never heard of. If jewelry or watches are your thing, you can still catch BaselWorld it today or simply next year!

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At the tram stop directly in front of the expo center.
Lovely flower arrangements everywhere! (Meanwhile everyone is looking at jewelry and watches...)
Lovely flower arrangements everywhere! (Meanwhile everyone is looking at jewelry and watches…)
My choice of the day: The Breguet Ladies Classic, just 26k. #expensivetaste
My choice of the day: The Breguet Ladies Classic, just 26k..!

2. Paul Gauguin Exhibition at Fondation Beyeler

I had seen ads for this exhibition all over Geneva in posters, inside of travel magazines, etc., but I honestly never imagined it would be so good. I believe the collection contains 50+ of Gauguin’s best works borrowed from museums all over the world. It is beautifully curated, with information booklets in various languages that give you a summary of the key pieces. The building itself of the Fondation Beyeler is gorgeous, too. The exhibition will be at the Fondation until June 28th so don’t miss out!

The Fondation from outside, a lovely showing space.
The Fondation from outside, a lovely showing space.
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Good thing I’m not a jealous person… 🙂

As a bonus, we were able to catch the works of a certain Peter Doig. Much like Gauguin, I think he uses color in a very clever way.

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Peter Doig’s “100 Years Ago” (2001).

Note: If you consider yourself an art aficionado and are planning to make the trip to Basel, plan ahead so that you can also go to the international art event of the year, Art Basel, which goes from June 18 – 21.

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