igloo

Igloo Festival in the Berner Oberland

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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...
Curling

Stylish winter getaway to Lenzerheide

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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...
Tschäggätta

Carnival in Switzerland’s remote Lötschental

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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...
La Val Bergspa Hotel Brigels

A cozy retreat in Brigels, Graubunden

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Surselva means "above the forest" in the Romansh language, and this sprawling district in predominately Romansh-speaking area of Graubunden canton is a delightful winter...
Cologne Christmas

A vibrant Cologne Christmas–Part II

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Cologne's Christmas markets began with the Markt der Engel, or Market of Angels, with new venues being added over the years. The first market...
Cologne Christmas

A vibrant Cologne Christmas–Part I

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 Cologne, Germany is a magnet for fans of Christmas markets. It's one of the most-visited Advent season celebrations anywhere, located in seven venues spread...
Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden’s Rheingauer Weinwoche

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"Wine--enjoyed in moderation--heals and comforts with its strength and warmth." These words from the 11th-century Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen ring true year-round in...
Swiss Alps

Soggy summer days in the Swiss Alps

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I love being in the Swiss Alps! The peaks, glaciers, sky and clouds are extremely beautiful. In addition to the beauty, mountains have weather....
old vines with a southern/western exposure

The way of Port: a passion for the vine in Portugal’s Alto Douro

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"Wine is not about grapes!" exclaimed Alvaro. Our host was oblivious to threatening rain on this steeply pitched hillside above Portugal's Douro River. I...

Time Travel in Switzerland

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Switzerland's vistas are world-renowned, and Tom and I have enjoyed many of them in our years here. Now, those clever Swiss have added five...
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