Tschäggätta

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...
La Val Bergspa Hotel Brigels

A cozy retreat in Brigels, Graubunden

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

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

 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

"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

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

"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

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...
Vogel Gryff

Vogel Gryff–only in (Klein)basel, Switzerland!

The January tradition called Vogel Gryff is the day when Kleinbasel--that smaller part of town on the north side of the Rhine--gives Gross Basel...
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...
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