Évora’s Cathedral Square

Évora’s Cathedral Square: an Alentejo “starter kit”

  There is plenty to see in Portugal’s largest province, and my husband and I have spent the past week exploring its nooks and crannies....
Basel Fasnacht

The characters of Basel Fasnacht

Costumes worn by Fasnacht participants come in many forms. Clique members will dress to suit the subject chosen for by the group for lampooning...
Istanbul lights

Istanbul lights

One of the first things I noticed about Istanbul in winter was the light: changing through the day, as clouds come and go,...
Three king's cake

Dreikönigstag (Three Kings Day)

In German-speaking countries, Epiphany is called Dreikönigstag, or Three Kings Day, and marks the end of the Christmas celebrations. On this day, a cake...
New Year's, Basel, Switzerland

Basel fireworks launch 2013—Happy New Year!

I love the kaleidoscope of colors in fireworks, and last evening thrilled to an exceptional display in Basel, from a friend’s terrace overlooking the...
Place du Temple-Neuf

The festive Christmas lights of Strasbourg

For five glorious weeks at the end of each year, Strasbourg, France puts on a light show that is nothing short of spectacular. All...
The Great Christmas Tree, place Kleber, Strasbourg

Strasbourg’s “Grand Sapin” celebrates its 20th anniversary

Each December, a gigantic fir tree covered in lights holds court in place Kléber, in the Alsatian city of Strasbourg. It is the centerpiece...
Christmas lights in Modena, Italy

Through the lens: Modena, Italy

Modena occupies a sweet spot in the heartland of Emilia Romagna, Italy’s breadbasket and economic engine. With many kilometers of cycling paths, a compact...
Big Ben

City break London: afternoon along the Thames

London is a spectacular city, one of my favorites in the world—and I’m in good company. It seems that just about everyone puts the...
Swiss Grättimaa, Basel, Switzerland

Swiss Grättimaa – early to rise

One of the signs of Christmas in Basel is the appearance of doughy chaps with raisins for eyes and a scattering of sugar on...
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