Sri Lanka

A “Pure Ceylon Tea” experience in Sri Lanka

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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...
Ayurvedic treatments at the Amaya Hills spa

Every day a spa day in Kandy, Sri Lanka

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After two weeks of fabulous temples, wildlife viewing and more in Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, Tom and I headed for Kandy, Sri Lanka's second...
Buddha

Seven joys of a weekend in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A large Buddha planted squarely in the path of arrivals to Bandaranaike International Airport welcomed us to Colombo, Sri Lanka last February. Incense burned...

Time Travel in Switzerland

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Switzerland's vistas are world-renowned, and Tom and I have enjoyed many of them in our years here. Now, those clever Swiss have added five...
Eglisau

Gasthof Hirschen: Quiet repose in Eglisau, Switzerland

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When Tom and I paid a spring-time visit to Eglisau in Canton Zurich, we felt we had stepped into a medieval time capsule. There,...
Terrasse am See

Terrasse am See: a lakeside escape to Vitznau, Switzerland

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Time slows in Vitznau, as the sun begins to set over Lake Lucerne (der Vierwaldstädtersee). Our host for dinner turns positively misty-eyed as we...
Monte Verità

Monte Verità: Switzerland’s ‘Mountain of Truth’

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At the beginning of the 20th century, a hilltop in Ascona, Switzerland became a center for unconventional idealists and reformers. Theosophists, writers, visual and...
Aliya

New in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka: the ‘elephant hotel’

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The new Aliya Resort & Spa in Sigiriya is located in the 'dry zone' that encircles most of Sri Lanka. The resort, which opened...
Hotel Wilden Mann, Lucerne, Switzerland

Hotel Wilden Mann—my choice in Lucerne

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Personal preference is a funny thing. What makes one hotel beat expectations, and another perfectly fine establishment, not quite make the grade? Recently, my husband...
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