Survival of Serena, by Carole Fuerman

Summer in New York City—in the water, on the water

The Heat Wave of summer 2012 came to New York along with gazillions of tourists. As it happens, I am one of them. There’s...

In summer, Swiss cows climb mountains

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)

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)

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

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

August got my goat!

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

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...
Place François-Rude, Dijon, France

I heart Dijon (Burgundy)

  Place François-Rude is at the heart of Dijon’s pedestrian zone. The capital of Burgundy is visitor-friendly, its compact historical center chock-a-block with parks and...
Giant sunflowers at attention, Hofstetten, Switzerland

August comes to Switzerland

This drowsy month is one of birthdays (Switzerland’s, mine) and the pinnacle of summer here. It can be cool and rainy, but is generally...
Duomo, Siena, Italy

Siena—art on the walls and underfoot

Siena is a city of art and architecture in a country replete with both. Thanks to a multi-site ticket, I spent the better part...
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