Lucca, Tuscany in summer

Laid-back Lucca, Italy

The train journey from Florence to Lucca was poky, a signal to ratchet down, way down. The regional train made four stops in factory-intensive...
The David, Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Italy

Fine-tuning Florence

The #12 bus from Santa Maria Novella station rounds the Fortezza da Basso, then turns back and crosses the Arno, before winding its way...
Duomo, Florence, Italy

Frazzled in Florence

Firenze, with its trove of Renaissance masterpieces, lies directly on the path from my home in Switzerland to San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany, where I’d...

Buddy Bears are holding hands across the world

Berlin is bear-intensive. Think Berlin's coat of arms, or Knut, the Berlin Zoo's polar baby sensation who charmed the world in 2006. For four...
Car bursting through the wall by Birgit Kinder-East Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Berlin’s East Side Gallery–Thank you GDR

See more works by Birgit Kinder The art to be found in Berlin's old eastern quarters is the stuff of legend. The venerable museums on...
Sunset at the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Venice in Basel

Any time of year, I look forward to the newly fresh produce on offer at local markets. I recently learned that all of the...
Marchers in the annual Fasnacht parade, Basel, Switzerland

Fasnacht for a foodie

Four days ago before dawn, Basel's carnival opened with a bang. More than any other event on the city calendar, Fasnacht, called "the three...

Raclette three ways

Legend has it that Raclette, a dish born in the Swiss canton of Valais in the 16th century, resulted from an accidental meltdown of...
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