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Seasonal fairs and annual celebrations

Place du Temple-Neuf

The festive Christmas lights of Strasbourg

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For five glorious weeks at the end of each year, Strasbourg, France puts on a light show that is nothing short of spectacular. All...
The Great Christmas Tree, place Kleber, Strasbourg

Strasbourg’s “Grand Sapin” celebrates its 20th anniversary

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Each December, a gigantic fir tree covered in lights holds court in place Kléber, in the Alsatian city of Strasbourg. It is the centerpiece...
Swiss Grättimaa, Basel, Switzerland

Swiss Grättimaa – early to rise

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One of the signs of Christmas in Basel is the appearance of doughy chaps with raisins for eyes and a scattering of sugar on...
Fruit and vegetable souk, Fez, Morocco

Shopping in the last week of Ramadan

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The morning is still, a silence broken by the flutter of wings as birds wheel around the minaret of our neighborhood mosque. A gentle...
Ramadan

Ramadan summer in the city

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Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn't it a pity Doesn't seem to...
Ramadam

Sweet countdown to Ramadan

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  Halwa Chebakia is a Moroccan sesame cookie which is folded into a flower shape, fried and then coated with honey. It's very popular in...
Basel Fasnacht

The (mostly unwritten) rules of Basel Fasnacht

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Life in Switzerland is orderly, no surprise there. Fasnacht turns that tidy world upside down—for starters, it takes place during the first week of...

Sliding into 2011 with a Basel Sylvester

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As I went about my business yesterday, picking up goodies for a Sylvester (New Year’s Eve) apéro with friends, each merchant cheerily wished me...

Basel’s Christmas market-Tis the season!

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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...
Marchers in the annual Fasnacht parade, Basel, Switzerland

Fasnacht for a foodie

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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...
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