lake Lucerne

Celebrating Swiss National Day

Summer is always a good time to experience a range of Swiss cultural traditions. Musicians, flag- and stone- throwers, wrestlers and yodelers all have...
Baden-Baden

Old Timer Cars in Baden-Baden

Several times in my years in Europe, I have seen road rallies featuring old cars, beautifully restored and maintained. I enjoy seeing sturdy piston...
Frankfurt’s Holbeinsteg pedestrian bridge

Frankfurt, Germany: a #NoFilter glimpse

Frankfurt, Germany, mostly destroyed in World War II, has been rebuilt with vigor and imagination, and is now a thriving center of commerce and...
Figueira da Foz

In search of Portuguese flavors

When Tom and I traveled in Portugal last year, we gloried in its varied landscapes, magnificent sunsets, and vibrant history. We visited cities bedecked...
coffee

Why is coffee in Portugal so good?

Any coffee lover who has traveled in Portugal knows that nothing makes Pastel de nata go down better than a good cup of coffee--uma...
Merian Gardens

Basel’s Merian Gardens: now a “Garden of Switzerland”

Nothing announces spring like daffodils popping up through scraggly grass. And once that happens, there's no stopping the day-dreaming after the real thing, even...
Basel Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2015 in 20 photos

Basel's Fasnacht, as Carnival is known here--is a blur of sight and sound, color and music. It goes on non-stop in the city's Old...
Basel Fasnacht

A Basel Fasnacht primer

I love quirky cultural traditions, and Basel's Carnival celebration is right up there when it comes to quirky. In our years in Switzerland, Tom...
Basel Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht: a lexicon

Basel Fasnacht, as Carnival is known here, is conducted primarily in Basel Deutsch, the local German dialect. In fact, many of the terms describing...
Tschäggätta

Carnival in Switzerland’s remote Lötschental

It's February in Switzerland's Lötschental, a long valley deep in the hinterlands of the Bernese Alps. Mountains are blanketed with white powder, and the...
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