Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pottery to Die For

Death, though rarely welcomed, will always be with us. What changes through the ages are ceremonies and traditions. During Hellenistic times the ancient Greeks honored their dead with funerary urns. These were four feet tall an painted with elaborate scenes from life and mythology.
Courtesy if the Museum of Antiquities in Basel.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Amazon Battle Urn

Before the online store, Amazons were fearsome bands of warrior women. While Xena Barbarian Princess wore shapely leather armor, the Amazons of history wore armor comparable to the Greek soldiers of the time. In battle they gave as good as they got.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Horse's Necklace

When I came across this in the Museum's weapons room I admit to being puzzled.

Perhaps a belt? But that wouldn't work with the body armor.

Arrowheads? Some are too round and the sizes are all different.

Then I found a description if the exhibits. This had been part of an Etruscan warrior's horse barding. The horse must have looked magnificent in his necklace.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What the Well Dressed Gods are Wearing

Las Vegas showgirls are known for their elaborate headpieces. But why should girls have all the fun?
But could a mere mortal man carry himself with the grace and poise such headwear demands? Oh no, only a god could pull this off.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Lady's Hair

The women in the classic Star Trek TV show wore fabulous elaborate hairdos. Perhaps Yeoman Rand's hair was styled after this ancient beauty.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beautiful Bruschetta

Fresh bread, firm tomatoes, and just the right seasoning. The proprietor of this Swiss Pizzeria spoke no English , but we communicated in the language that is universal.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Classic Cars in Basel

This beauty Is three times the size of your average European subcompact. The lines are different from the classic American cars I'm used to, but breathtaking nonetheless.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Eating Greek in Switzerland

In Basel, about halfway between Messeplatz and the Rhein, is the largest department store I have seen in Basel. Upstairs you'll find fine women's clothing ranging from the conservative dark blazer to the stylish jacket and pretty skirts. Downstairs is a large upscale grocery store. Among the offerings is a case of remade salads.