A couple of weeks ago we went to Basel’s Fasnacht. It began at 4 am so I got so tired it took me 2 weeks to make a post on it.
Anyway, it was an incredible experience. People started getting together in the streets at 3 am, chatting and preparing for the parade.
All participants wore strange masks with lanterns on the top of them and had musical instruments like fifes and drums. They gathered in groups who played the same tunes and brought gigantic lanterns, with decorations, jokes and political statements (many in German and referred to local social and political issues: a complete mystery for us).
A few restaurants and cafés were opened and served hot soup and cheese pastries so we were able to take a break.
We spend the night following the different groups, taking pictures and waiting for the dawn. The city was incredibly beautiful and lively.
At 6 o’clock many bakeries opened and we could have breakfast. We indulge ourselves with Bachmann’s famous chocolate bread.
And then we went back home. Tired but amazed by this beautiful city.