Mary Kenny says borders mean so much less when you can travel effortlessly by land from one country to another
As I live on a natural frontier (by the English Channel) and as I grew up where the Irish border loomed large on our consciousness, borders and frontier places fascinate me. Basel in Switzerland is regarded as a rich and efficient intersection of frontiers, being effectively at the crossroads of three nations – Switzerland, France and Germany. And so I took a weekend trip to Basel last month. Yes, as you come out of Basel-Mulhouse airport, the exit door to the right says ‘Switzerland’, and the exit door to the left says ‘France and Germany’. I took the exit to France, as the French hotel prices are rather more reasonable than the Swiss ones. Although border peoples don’t always like one another very much – having seen their frontiers shift back and forth over the centuries, as Alsace-Lorraine has done – you can nonetheless see that in this hub of...
I’m afraid this isn’t one of our six free articles available in full, which are set out in the first two rows of the ‘Magazine’ page.
Please click here to find them.