'Whistling Old spinsters.'
During the Basler Fasnacht (carnival in Basel) two Alti Dantes (old spinsters) pipe while walking along the Rhine. Mind you, in daily life they are a couple. You can see the beard of the man, at right. Why do people pipe during the carnival - very loud, high pitched and seemingly chaotic - often for more then an hour in a row without stopping? That's what carnival, in its heathen origins, is all about: scaring away the winter! Photo Paul Smit.