It was late in the day on my last evening in the wonderful city of Basel in Northern Switzerland. As I sat there tucking into a particularly expensive sandwich and happy in the fact that I had seen and done everything I wanted to during this visit I wondered what I could do with my last couple of hours before heading over the airport. Glancing over the tram map I noticed two small towns, one just across the border into Germany and the other over the river in France were accessible…Now here’s a cool opportunity to be in 4 countries in 1 day I thought…and off I went! Here’s my little international adventure!
Firstly my original trip was over to Switzerland and I visited Basel and Lucerne. Secondly I visited Paris back in 2007 on an amazing and pretty much life changing trip which opened my mind up to travel. I then in summer 2009 I spent some time in Hamburg with my cousin and did some work experience over there. Then last but not least I have lived in good old England for 27 years, so I guess I’ve kind of seen a little bit of it!
So anyway, as a traveller and self confessed wanderlusting addict I love everything about travel, I love different cultures and languages, I love experiencing different places and speaking to different types of people.
To head over to France I headed back towards the border with Switzerland but whilst still in Germany crossed over the “Dreiländerbrücke”, or “La passerelle des Trois Pays”…The Three Countries Bridge into the village of Huningue in Alsace.
Of course I knew I was walking over from Germany to France but I expected there to be some buffer area of language and culture but literally as soon as I got just over half way across the bridge I could hear those romantic French tones over a loud speaker! It was quite surreal to literally just step across a line and into a completely new culture, but really made this little adventure feel worth while!
I also seemed to stumble across a local festival with live bands and local food cooking in the streets. There was life and energy everywhere, quite the opposite to Weil am Rhein! I decided to stay a little longer and take in the atmosphere whilst wandering around the typically Alsatian streets. Again, of course I would love to head back to this region and in particular visit Strasbourg.
Well, it was that time to head back home to not so sunny England and my hometown of Manchester! It was great however to see the other Roaming Renegade and more importantly our pug Count Dooku! After a 2 hour delay (on a flight only supposed to take 1.5hrs) it was late when I arrived home but there it was, 4 countries in one day!
How many countries have you been in one day and do you enjoy crossing borders by foot instead of flying?
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