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...

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....

Alphorns at 2,200 meters–A Swiss summer tradition

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

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

“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...
Fireworks over the Hudson River, New York

New York memories of seafood and small plates

During last summer’s stay in New York, I satisfied a toothsome nostalgia for some foods that is sometimes hard to come by in Switzerland....
Dahlia, Mainau Island

Mainau Island celebrates summer’s end

Mainau Island, on Germany’s Bodensee (Lake Constance to the rest of us) presents extravagant plantings of tulips in spring, roses in early summer, and...
Survival of Serena, by Carole Fuerman

Summer in New York City

This was a summer to remember. After a once-in-a-lifetime journey through Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, I have been fortunate to realize a long-held dream: to...
Fresh market at Grand Central Station, New York

Photo: NYC fresh markets are bursting with local flavors

The produce market at Grand Central Station is a feast for the eyes, as well as the palate. Commuters can take their pick of...
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