Basel Wish Book

An Advent tradition: Basel’s Wish Book

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...
Pies

Sweet & Savory Pies with Laughing Lemon

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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

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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

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

Alphorns at 2,200 meters–A Swiss summer tradition

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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

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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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