2014
 Jun
  01 Alsace by Bike
 May
  19 Spring is here now?
  11 Home furnishing
  04 Bensheim retreat
 Apr
  28 Le Ref 2
  18 Getting around
  07 Loan Rider
  02 Barca
 Mar
  27 Party tram
  23 Le Ref
 Feb
  22 Heavy lifting
  18 In the News ...
  10 E-bike first 2000
  06 Post-moving day
 Jan
  27 Moving day
  24 Remastered
  21 Back in Basel
 
2013
 Dec
  23 Down Under
  13 Strasbourg Touch To...
  02 Coaching the Cold
 Nov
  21 Snow!
  17 Leila's birthday
 Oct
  13 Real Estate
  01 E-bike first 1000
 Sep
  25 Hiking in Switzerla...
  14 Ultravox weekend
  10 Job F2F
 Jul
  22 Miles to go before ...
  17 Mainland Cup - Vien...
  06 Marnie
  04 E-bike
 Jun
  26 Hot as Helsinki
  24 Suomi 2013
  19 Heat
  05 Summer is here, abo...
 May
  25 Re-reading Hitch
  23 The long, long wint...
  19 memory of memory
  18 Shorts
 Apr
  09 Euros Remembered
  08 Swiss Touch Trainin...
  06 Swiss Touch Trainin...
 Mar
  11 Chiasso / Como
 Feb
  28 Barcelona Touch Rug...
  18 Stresa
  11 Buying bread from a...
 Jan
  09 Back in Basel
  05 Atlantic volcano
 
2012
 Dec
  31 Christmas in Engelb...
  15 Squashed
  02 Visitors
 Nov
  24 baseltouch is live!
  20 Job
  16 Danish holiday
  13 Halloween
  01 Neurological traces
 Oct
  30 The Craven
  29 Getting E-inked ...
  21 Victory
  19 Natalie
  16 E-readers
  14 Touch training
 Sep
  27 Pratchett
  12 Euro Touch Champion...
  07 Finland in 2004
  07 Dodgefathers Win
  07 Permits
  03 Frankfurt touch
 Aug
  30 Jurmo photography
  19 National Politics
 Jul
  30 Alsace in Summer
  01 The Secret Wedding
 Jun
  29 Yahoo email hacked
  27 GMD, yet another sc...
  23 Wheel hack
  01 Omicsonline scammer...
 May
  24 H-index
  06 Bad Science
  02 Vappu
 Apr
  27 Suomi
  16 Jelly legs
  09 Memma // Mämmi
  07 Winter family visit...
  02 Basel touch rugby
 Mar
  27 BIT Life Sciences a...
  27 Scientists are idio...
  20 Sophocles quote
  14 Sprechen Sie Deutsc...
  12 Robert Weinberg get...
  11 Shepherd's Pie Nigh...
  10 Ethnic food
  05 MPSE facility
  03 Flame on
 Feb
  28 Basel Faschnacht
  19 Pearson versus Spea...
  17 Heatmaps and cluste...
  15 Goodby Aunty Carol
  11 French freeze
  10 HOPP hooray!
  07 Night out
  03 Icy touch
  01 Last impressum
 Jan
  28 Turning the tables ...
  27 Fair fa' your ...
  24 Gene expression pat...
  18 Wasted
  16 State of mania
  13 3457 days of Zurich
  11 Touch rugby
  10 Linear regression
  10 Unemployment blues
  10 Steven Hawking quot...
  10 Phenotypia
Alsace by Bike
We spent the last three days biking around the northern part of the Alsace region. We were based in Obernai at the Hotel la Cloche. We managed to get in about 120km of biking around and tasting what the region had to offer. Because I had the e-bike I did all the heavy lifting (we filled the panniers to capacity with bottles of wine) and the Stromer proved its worth.

The weather was very good, the food was excellent and the wine was sensational. Here is a list of the villages and towns we were able to visit ...

Day 1 (34.6 km) - Basel by train to Selestat - Scherwiller - Dieffenthal - Dambach-la-Ville - Blienschwiller - Nothalten - Itterswiller - Eichhoffen - Mittelbergheim - Barr - Heiligenstein - Goxwiller - Bernardswiller - Obernai (late lunch, then dinner at hotel restaurant)

Day 2 (45.7 km) - Obernai (breakfast) - Bischoffsheim - Rosheim (oil for Leila's bike) - Dorlisheim - Molsheim - Mutzig - Rosenwiller - Rosheim (steak lunch, 1 riesling) - Boersch - Ottrott (2 pinot noirs) - St Nabor - Bernardswiller (1 cremant, 1 gewurztraminer, 1 riesling) - Obernai (dinner at Dime)

Day 3 (40.8 km) - Obernai (breakfast) - Bernardswiller - Heiligenstein - Barr - Mittelbergheim - Andlau (2 cremants) - Itterswiller (lunch) - Nothalten - Blienschwiller - Dambach-la-Ville - Dieffenthal - Scherwiller - Selastat (then by train to) St Louis - Basel

Sunday, 1st of June, 2014 at 8:26 pm
Spring is here now?
We had our first really sunny weekend for the year. Both mornings we walked down to nearby Kannenfeldpark and just lay down on some towels to enjoy the warmth.

Late Sunday afternoon Margot and Ueli (we went to their wedding in Vienna last September) invited us down to sit beside the Rhein and have dinner with them. Very nice!

Monday, 19th of May, 2014 at 8:30 am
Home furnishing
We've nearly completed fitting out our apartment now. Back in April we had a company come and install some built-in cupboards, drawers and storage space for us in the upstairs loft area. We also were able to purchase and frame some aboriginal artworks. We hung some of our new artwork up around the place and I took a few photographs. I added them to the 'moving day' photographs I uploaded back in January.

You can find them all HERE.

Sunday, 11th of May, 2014 at 4:46 pm
Bensheim retreat
A couple hours on the train took us back to Bensheim for a few days with Christoph and Anneli. We spent a lovely few days visiting them and seeing how their little girl Emilia is developing (very cute and quite shy). They are expecting another baby this year and if all goes well they will have a new little boy by the end of August!

As usual, the Winters took exceedingly good care of us, huge breakfasts included. We also returned to the excellent Blauer Aff for a very nice dinner.

Plus, we finally found some decent flatware. No more Frankensteinien place-settings when we hold dinner parties.

Sunday, 4th of May, 2014 at 4:54 pm
Le Ref 2
Went to Paris to referee at the biggest ladies touch tournament in Europe. Managed to achieve my level 2 badge while there (this means I can ref at the European championships later this year).

Paris was, as usual, fantastic. We saw Sacre Coeur and visited the Musee d'Orsay. One night, Leila and I had dinner at Poulette and it was superb.

Monday, 28th of April, 2014 at 1:21 pm