Autumn Fair at Munsterplatz, Basel, Switzerland

Herbstmesse — Basel’s Autumn Fair

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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...

Fit as a fiddle for autumn

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Leaves are turning and beginning to fall, darkness comes early now, and the evenings are getting downright chilly. Despite some warm afternoons, autumn really...
A Moveable Feast

Couscous and camaraderie in Morocco

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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

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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...
Place François-Rude, Dijon, France

I heart Dijon (Burgundy)

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  Place François-Rude is at the heart of Dijon’s pedestrian zone. The capital of Burgundy is visitor-friendly, its compact historical center chock-a-block with parks and...
Giant sunflowers at attention, Hofstetten, Switzerland

August comes to Switzerland

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This drowsy month is one of birthdays (Switzerland’s, mine) and the pinnacle of summer here. It can be cool and rainy, but is generally...
Trust me - Switzerland's honor system

Trust me—Switzerland’s honor system

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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...
Duomo, Siena, Italy

Siena—art on the walls and underfoot

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Siena is a city of art and architecture in a country replete with both. Thanks to a multi-site ticket, I spent the better part...
Lucca, Tuscany in summer

Laid-back Lucca, Italy

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The train journey from Florence to Lucca was poky, a signal to ratchet down, way down. The regional train made four stops in factory-intensive...
The David, Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Italy

Fine-tuning Florence

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The #12 bus from Santa Maria Novella station rounds the Fortezza da Basso, then turns back and crosses the Arno, before winding its way...
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