The antics of Vogel Gryff

image source: Basler Zeitung Yesterday, Kleinbasel, once little more than a village across the Rhine from the Bishop’s city of Basel, celebrated Vogel Gryff. The...

Basel’s Christmas market-Tis the season!

Basel’s Christmas market is the largest and most traditional in Switzerland. The merchandise on offer is of high quality, albeit pricey, and I always...
Autumn Fair at Munsterplatz, Basel, Switzerland

Herbstmesse — Basel’s Autumn Fair

Last Saturday, a fellow leaned out of the way-up-there window of Martinskirche in Basel’s Old Town, flapped a glove with his left hand and...
A Moveable Feast

Couscous and camaraderie in Morocco

My advance copy of Lonely Planet's forthcoming food anthology arrived a week ago, and it’s an edifying read. The thirty-eight stories are set around...
Pumpkin mania in southern Germany

Southern Germany’s pumpkin mania

In the local markets of southern Germany, pumpkins and their squashy cousins come in myriad shapes and sizes. Each autumn, a family-run farm in...
Trust me - Switzerland's honor system

Trust me—Switzerland’s honor system

Self-service flower gardens represent an aspect of living in Switzerland that still enchants me after twelve years. Ever since I moved here, I’ve been a...
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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