The back country of the river

Here's another take from a less august corner of the (modern) town: The fancy contraption stands in front of a hairdresser's. The wind must have ruffled it, and one of the letters got blown away. So what was once "Verwandle dich!" (loosely translated: get a make-over!) now says something about a whale. This is perhaps interpretable as "change into a whale", or "awhale yourself of a new hairstyle".

The whole of the Basel suburb of Augst could in fact benefit from a makeover. As soon as you wander away from the river, you'll find yourself in the midst of 60's blocks of flats, used-car dealers and abandoned playgrounds. I was wondering if I should have a second go at my walk on the southern bank, or take the canoe again.