Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Basler Fasnacht pictures



NSFW WARNING: Depending on where you work, a few of the lanterns in the Picasa album may not be suitable for work at the larger resolutions. The thumbnails should be fine.

I'm finally getting around to organizing some pictures I've made. I've uploaded them to my picasa web gallery.

The Basler Fasnacht is probably the most well-known of the various carnival celebrations that go on in Switzerland around the beginning of Lent. Nothing quite matches the impressive Morgenstreich parade at 4 in the morning on the first Monday of Fasnacht.

Most of my pictures were taken during the day this year. Taking pictures with a flash is frowned upon, as it blinds the people wearing the Fasnacht masks. Besides, the photos don't turn out with a flash anyways. I ended up shooting a bit of video at night instead. I have to put that up on a server somewhere as well.

From Basler Fasnac...

From Basler Fasnac...

From Basler Fasnac...

2 comments:

Expat Traveler said...

Hey Greg - thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I actually lived just outside of Basel for a while...

And thanks for those tips. Yes I've heard of the Nanaimo bath tub races, but I'd certainly need another excuse just to go watch that with the cost of ferry rides these days!

Your basel pictures are fascinating. It's great fun to watch at any time to me!

Expat Traveler said...

Greg - would you believe I have lived in Seattle and have been to bumbershoot! Yes it is a fun time, especially out on the water and in the sun during that time of year.

I'm not sure if we will be down that way, but I'll have to mention it to P...

And I'd agree with the parking thing. Take the train and park further away...

I used to love watching them set up the 1 month in advance and people watch and see all the excitement..

Ah the day. :)

 
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