Fighting cows

Going head to head: Switzerland’s fighting cows

“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...
Ancient designs in the National Historical Museum, Bishkek

Through the lens: Bishkek, Kyrgzystan

Bishkek came as a surprise to me. After several weeks traveling the Silk Roads of Uzbekistan, I’m not sure what I expected in neighboring...
Evening at Koy-Krylgan-Kala by Igor Savitsky

Savitsky’s Kyzylkum inspiration

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...
Strawberry-rhubarb tartlettes

Rhubarb–Red, tart and tasty

As spring launches a wave of color into the markets around Basel, the vibrant hue of rhubarb demands my attention. Rhabarba (rhubarb) is onstage...
Nettle terrine, La Couronne d’Or in Leyman, Alsace, France

Nettlesome Spring

‘Annoying’, ‘vexatious’, ‘irritating’, ‘teasing’—Spring this year is all of these things. After a few glorious weeks of forsythia, daffodils and crocuses, came the rains,...
Fricktaler Chriesiwäg (Frick Valley cherry trail), Switzerland

Along the Frick Valley’s cherry trail

The Fricktaler Chriesiwäg (Frick Valley cherry trail) is a family-friendly introduction to an easygoing landscape. Last week, I sampled its virtues just in the...
Tulip magnolia, Mainau Island, Lake Constance (Bodensee), Germany

One perfect day on the Bodensee

Last Saturday, I packed sunscreen and a camera and joined an organized group outing to Mainau Island, Germany's "flower island" on Lake Constance (a.k.a....
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