Do you love English rose gardens, scones and cream?

Ettinbühl Gardens located near Bad Bellingen in Germany around 30 mins drive from Basel.  They boast an impressive 1,000 variety rose collection plus a 5 hectare garden with 20 different themed zones to wander through.  If you are interested in photography the gardens offer a lot of amazing vistas for portraits.  Take a picnic blanket in the summer months and while away the hours in the most idyllic setting.

The very beautiful Merian Gärten

What better way to spend a few hours on a Summer or Autumn day than wandering around the immaculate, beautiful and vast Merian Gärten in Basel.  Villa Merian was gifted to Christoph Merian on his wedding day in 1824 by his father.  The villa was used as Christoph and his wife Margaretha Burckhardt as a summer residence and was gifted to the Christoph Merian Stiftung in 1886.  In 1968 the Christoph Merian Stiftung gave Merian Gärten to Basel City so, we can all say we own a small piece of this amazing house and garden.  

Drinks on the terrace

Basel summertime bring the chance to have afterwork drinks, to enjoy the last rays of sunshine before sunset or at the weekend, spending time lounging on one of Basel’s terraces or enjoyed at one of the many pop-up buvettes.

My four favourite buvettes – the best way to enjoy views of the Rhine

With only a few days of Summer left and the Autumn looming it’s time to enjoy the last few warm evenings or sunny afternoons at Basel’s numerous buvettes that are spread out along the Rhine. A buvette is a popup, seasonal bar that serves apero nibbles, sandwiches and other fast foods along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  Perfect for lazy summer afternoons watching the world go by, watching the sunset over the Rhine, resting after a Rhine swim or just hanging out with family and friends.

The Tinguely Fountain a wonderful sight whatever the weather

Designed and built by Jean Tinguely back in the 1977, the Tingluey fountain still draws a crowd and is one of Basel’s best known landmarks. Come rain or shine the fountain weaves it’s magic however, it does freeze over on very cold days in the winter making the most amazing icicles.

Foraging for elderflower to make a summery cordial

It was a warm sunny day today so, I headed to Niederbipp in Canton Solothurn, a region I used to live in. I wanted to go foraging in the woods with the hope that I could also pick some Elderflower. Why? These beautiful delicate flowers are packed with fragrant yellow pollen that makes the most delicious summer cordial.