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...
Baden-Baden

Christmas market chic in Baden-Baden, Germany

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The Christmas market in Baden-Baden, Germany is a lot like the spa town itself: intimate, family-friendly and chic. The Christkindelsmarkt is new by European...
Super Zampone

Super Zampone: Over the Top in Emilia Romagna

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Emilia Romagna is a gastronome's paradise, its culinary bounty celebrated with great fanfare through the autumn harvest season. Wine, fish, meats and cheeses--all kinds...
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...
Basel, Switzerland

Summertime dining al fresco in Basel, Switzerland

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As soon as spring ushers in the promise of longer days, many Basel area restaurants set tables out on the pavement, creating a boulevard...
Fighting cows

Going head to head: Switzerland’s fighting cows

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“Huit, evacuée!” “Number eight, you’re out of there!” Spectators cheer as cows with names like Papillon and Surplice face off in an outdoor ring...
Alentejo, Portugal

A food lover’s guide to Alentejo, Portugal

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The food of Portugal’s largest province is fresh, local and hearty. Alentejo is blessed with lots of pasture land and a long seacoast, which...
Évora’s Cathedral Square

Évora’s Cathedral Square: an Alentejo “starter kit”

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  There is plenty to see in Portugal’s largest province, and my husband and I have spent the past week exploring its nooks and crannies....
Basel Fasnacht

The characters of Basel Fasnacht

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Costumes worn by Fasnacht participants come in many forms. Clique members will dress to suit the subject chosen for by the group for lampooning...
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