1948 Citroen 2CV

Ritterhaus Chasa de Capol: adventure in Swiss hospitality

Canton Graubünden is Switzerland's largest, its varied landscapes and villages offering much for discerning travelers to discover. Tom and I recently spent a week...
lake Lucerne

Celebrating Swiss National Day

Summer is always a good time to experience a range of Swiss cultural traditions. Musicians, flag- and stone- throwers, wrestlers and yodelers all have...
Merian Gardens

Basel’s Merian Gardens: now a “Garden of Switzerland”

Nothing announces spring like daffodils popping up through scraggly grass in Merian Gardens. And once that happens, there's no stopping the day-dreaming after the...

Igloo Festival in the Berner Oberland

March in the Alps can be magnificent, and last weekend was one of the best, especially at 2,000 meters, above Adelboden in the Berner...
Basel Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2015 in 20 photos

Basel's Fasnacht, as Carnival is known here--is a blur of sight and sound, color and music. It goes on non-stop in the city's Old...
Basel Fasnacht

A Basel Fasnacht primer

I love quirky cultural traditions, and Basel's Carnival celebration is right up there when it comes to quirky. In our years in Switzerland, Tom...
Basel Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht: a lexicon

Basel Fasnacht, as Carnival is known here, is conducted primarily in Basel Deutsch, the local German dialect. In fact, many of the terms describing...

Stylish winter getaway to Lenzerheide

My foot, covered in green mud-turned-to-slime, slipped on the wall, the rest of me scooting precipitously close to the edge of the chic bench...

Carnival in Switzerland’s remote Lötschental

It's February in Switzerland's Lötschental, a long valley deep in the hinterlands of the Bernese Alps. Mountains are blanketed with white powder, and the...
Scalottas Lenzerheide

Lenzerheide Scalottas: creative dining, locally inspired

The two Scalottas restaurants in Lenzerheide are all about local food traditions, served up in two distinctively Swiss dining rooms in the same building....
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