Duomo, Florence, Italy

Frazzled in Florence

Firenze, with its trove of Renaissance masterpieces, lies directly on the path from my home in Switzerland to San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany, where I’d...
Traditional beam scale and tin bucket, Basel market, Switzerland

Sampling strawberries

A stroll through Basel’s Marktplatz on Saturday just about turned me into a fruitarian. From leafy greens to apricots piled high and yellow in...
Vineyard in Baden, Germany

Straussi time in Baden (DE)

With daylight lingering into the evening, it’s tempting to stay outside as late as possible. A great place to do this is in one...
Strawberry-rhubarb tartlettes

Rhubarb–Red, tart and tasty

As spring launches a wave of color into the markets around Basel, the vibrant hue of rhubarb demands my attention. Rhabarba (rhubarb) is onstage...
Nettle terrine, La Couronne d’Or in Leyman, Alsace, France

Nettlesome Spring

‘Annoying’, ‘vexatious’, ‘irritating’, ‘teasing’—Spring this year is all of these things. After a few glorious weeks of forsythia, daffodils and crocuses, came the rains,...
Fricktaler Chriesiwäg (Frick Valley cherry trail), Switzerland

Along the Frick Valley’s cherry trail

The Fricktaler Chriesiwäg (Frick Valley cherry trail) is a family-friendly introduction to an easygoing landscape. Last week, I sampled its virtues just in the...
Tulip magnolia, Mainau Island, Lake Constance (Bodensee), Germany

One perfect day on the Bodensee

Last Saturday, I packed sunscreen and a camera and joined an organized group outing to Mainau Island, Germany's "flower island" on Lake Constance (a.k.a....

Berlin’s Kaffee Kultur

Sunshine. Coffee. Newspapers. All three were mine, as soon as I stepped through the door of Blaues Band, in Berlin’s Mitte district. I chose...

More Pho Bo in Berlin than Currywurst?

My personal, random survey of Berlin's food scene happily reveals at least as many Vietnamese eateries as Currywurst stands. This may or may not...

Buddy Bears are holding hands across the world

Berlin is bear-intensive. Think Berlin's coat of arms, or Knut, the Berlin Zoo's polar baby sensation who charmed the world in 2006. For four...
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