Vineyard in Lunigiana, Tuscany

Lunigiana: Tuscany’s hidden corner

Lunigiana, in Tuscany's far northwest corner, is greener, wilder and at least as welcoming as the parts of Tuscany we all know. Vineyards set...
1948 Citroen 2CV

Ritterhaus Chasa de Capol: adventure in Swiss hospitality

Canton Graubünden is Switzerland's largest, its varied landscapes and villages offering much for discerning travelers to discover. Tom and I recently spent a week...
Schloss Sanssouci palace, centerpiece for the annual Potsdamer Schlössernacht

An evening with kings in Potsdam, Germany

Once each year on a summer night in August, in the little Prussian town of Potsdam, Germany, magic happens. For one enchanting evening, the...
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

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

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...
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....
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