Inaugural Voyage of the "Scenic Crystal"
leave Scenic Crystal and stay overnight in Basel
After a breakfast and farewells onboard the Scenic Crystal we take the coach to the airport.
When you stay at hotels in Basel they include a mobility card, which provides free bus travel in the city. So we got onto bus "50" and had a 10 min ride to the
"Airport Hotel Basel". Walked into a really nice lobby area, checked in with staff that spoke perfect English. They stored our bags and offered a free shuttle bus to the downtown center of Basel , central rail station.
We had a coffee ch4.20 ( Ch Swiss francs ), about $7.00 and no refill
The Swiss tourist information office has I pods that have 4 and 8 hour walking tours that consist of 6 routes. The cost is around ch4 and ch6 for the day. These tours start from old town marketplace. Many old building , some of them housed the various trade Guilds of the 1700's.
After a few hours of sightseeing we stopped at a bakery/sandwich and coffee place called Frey. It was not bad but very expensive. We then walked a little further and found a Starbucks, coffee , mango drink and muffin.
It was 3 :30 and had some time, so we decided to get onto a tram and take it to the end of the line and return. Got out to the suburbs of Basel , saw some residential areas , shops, country side and then returned back to the central station. Got on bus 50, stopped right outside our hotel.
Checked in and got our key to our room on the top floor with a pretty good view. At the check in they gave us a couple drink vouchers, good at the Casino which was attached to the hotel. Since the restaurant did not open till 6 pm we decided to go to the Casino and see if we could get a bite to eat and of course get our free drink. The basement level was hundreds of slot machines, just like back home. I went for a short walk to see where we could eat, 2nd floor was table games and craps, 3rd floor was a banquet room where there was a poker tournament going on. No place to eat. So back at the bar we got a nice glass of wine and relaxed for about an hour where we decided to eat at the hotel restaurant. "Rose"
Arrived at the restaurant and every chair and table was white. The walls changed color and a silver curtain on the windows reflected the colors as they changed. Very nice atmosphere. If you book in advance you can have it set up for Fondue. For us, we decided on a Flambé Chicken skewer. Chicken, pineapple and dates flamed with cognac at your table. Side dishes were vegetables, salad , fries and rice. Food was prepared really nice, flavor was great and the atmosphere was fabulous. This meal for two cost ch64.00.
Headed back to our room around 8 pm, re packed everything as we were going to be up at 5:15 am. Our flight was at 7:25 am.