|We bicycled into Basel with Uncle John to purchase fondue ingredients for the evening party. Switzerland’s second-largest city retains much of its mediaeval charm, with cobbled alleys and inspiring historical architecture. The Rhein River divides Basel into two parts, linked by six bridges and four ferries. Grossbasel (Greater Basel), on the left bank, is the commercial centre of the city while the flatter right bank, Kleinbasel (Lower Basel) represents the more artistic quarter, flourishing with ateliers and tiny cafes serving raclette and fondue on hewn wooden tables. Situated on the borders of France and Germany, Basel’s central position in Europe renders it a trading and industrial centre of great importance.