In summer, Swiss cows climb mountains

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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...
Strawberries in Mulhouse market

Three countries, markets galore: Mulhouse’s Marché du Canal Couvert (FR)

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Forty minutes from Basel, the Alsatian city of Mulhouse holds the largest market in Eastern France. Indoors, in a permanent market hall with cement...
Lorrach market

Three countries, markets galore: Lörrach, Baden (DE)

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Just across the German border from Riehen, the town of Lörrach is a quick cycle, bus ride or car trip away. On Saturdays, its...
On view at Liste, Art Bael 43

Satellite fairs and public art enliven Art Basel 43

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For a week each June, Basel, Switzerland becomes the Center of the Art Universe, transformed into one big art gallery. Basel is art intensive...
I.V. Savitsky landskape painting

Savitsky’s Kyzylkum inspiration

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Igor Savitsky, painter, obsessive art collector and founder of the remarkable Karakalpak Museum of Arts in Nukus, Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan—in the middle of...
Swiss Grättimaa, Basel, Switzerland

Swiss Grättimaa – early to rise

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One of the signs of Christmas in Basel is the appearance of doughy chaps with raisins for eyes and a scattering of sugar on...
Autumn on the High Line, Manhattan, New York

Autumn on the High Line

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A new stretch of New York’s High Line on Manhattan’s West Side opened last summer, and yesterday, I had a chance to walk it....

August got my goat!

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August is National Goat Cheese Month in the US, which is as good a reason as any to salute the little ruminants who bring...
Ai Weiwei banner on fortification wall, Basel, Switzerland

Art Parcours 2011 through St. Albantal

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Art Basel 42, which closed on Sunday, reported a guest list that was 65,000 visitors long. This year, I found greater inspiration outside the...
Autumn Fair at Munsterplatz, Basel, Switzerland

Herbstmesse — Basel’s Autumn Fair

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Last Saturday, a fellow leaned out of the way-up-there window of Martinskirche in Basel’s Old Town, flapped a glove with his left hand and...
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