Basel Wish Book

An Advent tradition: Basel’s Wish Book

For the past twenty years, the Basler Wunschbuch (Basel Wish Book) has been part of the city's Christmas celebrations. The book is an open...
Basel Christmas

The quiet pleasures of a Basel Christmas

It's Christmas in Basel. Holiday markets closed two days ago, and within 24 hours, all evidence of holiday bustle was gone. How Swiss! For...
Basel Christmas market

A Basel Christmas: Münsterplatz

Christmas in Basel attracts visitors from all over the world--more than 1/2 million of them. Since 2011, the Christmas market at Münsterplatz, Basel's best...
Basel Christmas market

A Basel Christmas: Barfüsserplatz

The Christmas market at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz in Basel is one of the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. Many Christmas markets were originally set...
Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland–on Cathedral Hill

Basel's ancient heart brings out my inner historian. The Old Town is intact and compact, draped across three sentinel hills and along both sides...

Sweet & Savory Pies with Laughing Lemon

One rainy August Saturday that felt more autumn than summer, I hopped a train to Zürich-Oerlikon for a day of making pies in the...
Switzerland steam trains

Switzerland’s Rigi Bahnen and the nostalgia of steam

The Swiss have a love of trains--the trains are on time 99% of the time, and they are clean, well maintained and reasonably priced....
chocolate train

The Swiss Chocolate Train, on Traveling With Sweeney

  Chocolate is synonymous with Switzerland, as are cheese and a wonderful train system. What better way to combine a love of these things, than...

Alphorns at 2,200 meters–A Swiss summer tradition

Several years ago, on a weekend excursion to the mountains near Lucerne, my husband and I met a troupe of alphorn players from Canton...
l'Art Brut

Lausanne’s Collection de l’Art Brut

In 1945, the French painter Jean Dubuffet coined the term Art Brut. His intention was to designate "the creative output of people who are...
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