Greetings from the Onion Market

Bern’s Onion Market—time to party, rain or shine

I’ve been to the Onion Market in Bern twice, once on a frosty, clear morning several years ago; and last Monday, mostly under an...

Lucerne’s Hirschenplatz—”get the message”?

Lucerne, Switzerland's Hirschenplatz is named after a vanished hotel, the Hirschen, or stag. Light-colored paving stones mark the places where two small houses once...
Hotel Wilden Mann, Lucerne, Switzerland

Hotel Wilden Mann—my choice in Lucerne

Personal preference is a funny thing. What makes one hotel beat expectations, and another perfectly fine establishment, not quite make the grade? Recently, my husband...

Lucerne’s wall paintings tell stories

It is autumn in one of Europe's prettiest settings. The Old Town in Lucerne, Switzerland, is a postcard. All of it. Almost any direction...
"Eye" stele, from Petra

Rediscovering Petra

A new exhibition is on at Basel’s AntikenMuseum—Petra.  Miracle in the Desert. In the footsteps of J L Burckhardt, alias Sheikh Ibrahim. It celebrates...
Bench overlooking Oeschinensee, Berner Oberland

Through the lens: The Swiss bench

They are everywhere you look: beside precipitous mountain paths, under shady trees, in parks, and beside lakes and parking lots. Swiss benches are an...

Five reasons to visit Ascona, Switzerland in autumn

Two of Switzerland's finest festivals take place not on a mountain, but at 196 meters above sea level—in lovely Ascona, on Lago Maggiore. Settimane Musicali...

In summer, Swiss cows climb mountains

It was a watery "Swiss ikat", looking for all the world like the delicately-patterned silks of Central Asia. A looming rock face reflected in...
On view at Liste, Art Bael 43

Satellite fairs and public art enliven Art Basel 43

For a week each June, Basel, Switzerland becomes the Center of the Art Universe, transformed into one big art gallery. Basel is art intensive...
“Maman”, Louise Bourgeois, Riehen, Switzerland

2011–My year in art

“Maman”, Louise Bourgeois, Riehen, Switzerland “One has to take several different shots of a subject, from different points of view and in different situations, as...
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