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...
Sri Lanka

Our five top travel experiences in 2014

  At the cusp of a new year, Tom and I have realized with a start, that another year has just zipped by. In 2014,...
Sherpa Outdoor

Kathmandu’s Sherpa Outdoor Orphan Home

  Last month, my camera and I spent two weeks at the Sherpa Outdoor Orphan Home in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was my second visit in...
Cologne Christmas

A vibrant Cologne Christmas–Part I

 Cologne, Germany is a magnet for fans of Christmas markets. It's one of the most-visited Advent season celebrations anywhere, located in seven venues spread...
Dusseldorf Christmas

A cozy Düsseldorf Christmas

There are Christmas markets all over Europe, but some of the best are in Germany. No surprise, since so many of our holiday traditions...
Sri Lanka

A “Pure Ceylon Tea” experience in Sri Lanka

No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without at least a pass through the country's glorious central hill country. Go one better, though, and...
Sri Lanka

The slow train to Ella, Sri Lanka

There is no hurrying a Sri Lanka hill country train, nor would you want to. The joy is in the going, the landscape that...
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