We left Basel yesterday for Lyon, and our new host, Delphine. We managed to fit in another productive day of busking in Basel on Tuesday, and did our best to spend all of our coins on ingredients for dinner for 6 people, but still had plenty left over… oh no! We had hoped that the Kantonal bank in Basel would have a cool machine like in Lausanne where you can put your card in, and then insert the coins straight into your bank account. The guy at the bank was kind enough to tell us that they had a machine in the back, but we couldn’t use it. Ha! Fortunately for us, Nicole was quite happy to change it for us, and I think we have probably supplied her with a few years worth of laundry machine coins.
Nicole’s kitchen is filled with light.
Another lovely evening in Basel.
We really enjoyed our stay in Basel with our lovely hosts Angela and Nicole, but it seems like this couchsurfing thing just keeps getting better! We arrived yesterday afternoon, after a good 5 hours of train travel and a fairly arduous metro experience, and after a fashion we found Delphine’s apartment on a tiny Impasse in an old part of Lyon. Since we arrived not knowing the first thing about the city (as the train pulled into the station we were surprised by all the big modern buildings…) Delphine compiled a list of places to eat and things to do and set us on our way as she went out to choir practice. She is a fount of knowledge on all things Lyonnaise, and asked us if we would like to try the local speciality. We replied with an enthusiastic ‘yes!’, before she went to find her big French/English dictionary… Hmm, what is the word in English… ‘Do you like…entrails?’ ….umm. I’m glad we got that one cleared up early!
Today we’re going to explore the city and suss out where some good busking pitches might be. We have a tip-off from someone in Delphine’s choir that la Rue de Republique, a pedestrianised shopping street in the centre, might be a good place to try. We’ll keep you posted! Meanwhile, here’s yesterday evening’s view over Lyon. Beautiful! We’re far enough south now that it definitely feels like summer, it’s lovely.