Basel or Bust!
Hotel Basel is a contemporary hotel located in an ancient area, right near the marketplace. It was larger than our usual kind of place, but we liked it very much. The reception people spoke excellent English and were helpful. The room was almost big enough and had a nice shower. Breakfast was extra; we had it the first morning and it was very good.
On Friday morning our destination was the cathedral (of course), so we walked down to the waterfront, crossed the river on foot by bridge, and strolled down to where the ferry docked. We had acquired a handful of Swiss Francs, paid our fare and climbed aboard.
The trip across the river was short and pleasant. The boatman was pleasant and easy-going. There were just a few passengers.
Once back on "our" side of the Rhine, we climbed many steps to get to the cathedral; it had been built during the Middle Ages. While we were there someone climbed up behind us into the loft and began to play the organ. What a treat!
Then it was back into the marketplatz area where we had a terrific sausage sandwich lunch.
We'd had a wonderful two weeks away, and it was time to come home.