Sunday, 25 February 2007

Buurefasnacht 2007

After John and Bérénice arrived yesterday, we went to Basle together and walked around town before going up to Bar Rouge at the top of the Messeturm (Trade Fair Tower). We had a beer there before taking the tram to Riehen's famed Mongolian restaurant. Unfortunately, the place was packed with no spare seats, so we walked back to Weil over the border and settled down at Restaurant San Remo. At the end of our meal a "Clique" of Gugge musicians came in and proceeded to play a few renditions before settling down for a beer or six.

I didn't have my camera with me then, but today I did. And the procession was rain-free! It started at 1.30 p.m. prompt this afternoon. Pete from Blansingen joined us shortly after. I think a lot of fun was had by all. The unique aspect that sets Weiler Fasnacht apart is that it combines the Waggis (see 2nd, 4th and 5th photos below) and Guggemusiig of Basle with the Schwäbisch-Alemannisch tradition of South West Germany. Here are some of the results:

John and Bérénice said goodbye at around 4 p.m. at the end of the procession and are now driving back to Walldorf as I write. That was an enjoyable day.

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