igloo

Igloo Festival in the Berner Oberland

March in the Alps can be magnificent, and last weekend was one of the best, especially at 2,000 meters, above Adelboden in the Berner...
Curling

Stylish winter getaway to Lenzerheide

My foot, covered in green mud-turned-to-slime, slipped on the wall, the rest of me scooting precipitously close to the edge of the chic bench...
Tschäggätta

Carnival in Switzerland’s remote Lötschental

It's February in Switzerland's Lötschental, a long valley deep in the hinterlands of the Bernese Alps. Mountains are blanketed with white powder, and the...
La Val Bergspa Hotel Brigels

A cozy retreat in Brigels, Graubunden

Surselva means "above the forest" in the Romansh language, and this sprawling district in predominately Romansh-speaking area of Graubunden canton is a delightful winter...
Cologne Christmas

A vibrant Cologne Christmas–Part II

Cologne's Christmas markets began with the Markt der Engel, or Market of Angels, with new venues being added over the years. The first market...
Cologne Christmas

A vibrant Cologne Christmas–Part I

 Cologne, Germany is a magnet for fans of Christmas markets. It's one of the most-visited Advent season celebrations anywhere, located in seven venues spread...
Basel Wish Book

An Advent tradition: Basel’s Wish Book

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

Christmas and Sylvester in Basel, Switzerland

Tis the season for Christmas and Sylvester in Basel, Switzerland. The city's holiday trimmings are understated, classy and a marker of a season that...
Baden-Baden

Christmas market chic in Baden-Baden, Germany

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...
Alentejo, Portugal

A food lover’s guide to Alentejo, Portugal

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...
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