Sliding into 2011 with a Basel Sylvester

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!

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...

Fit as a fiddle for autumn

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

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...
Place François-Rude, Dijon, France

I heart Dijon (Burgundy)

  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

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

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

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...
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