Tag: Nature

Floating above a forest

Flying with Àngel: ballooning over Catalonia

As our flight topped out at about 2150 meters (7055 feet), Àngel pointed toward the southeast and said “You can almost see the coastline."...
La Sardana Catalonia’s national dance

Blanes, gateway to Catalonia’s “Wild Coast”

The scent of pine spirals toward me and sand crunches underfoot. An intermittent sun splashes light, then retreats, leaving shadows of palm trees across...
Merian Gardens

Basel’s Merian Gardens: now a “Garden of Switzerland”

Nothing announces spring like daffodils popping up through scraggly grass. And once that happens, there's no stopping the day-dreaming after the real thing, even...
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...
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...
Sri Lanka

A “Pure Ceylon Tea” experience in Sri Lanka

No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without at least a pass through the country's glorious central hill country. Go one better, though, and...
Sri Lanka

The slow train to Ella, Sri Lanka

There is no hurrying a Sri Lankan hill country train, nor would you want to. The joy is in the going, the landscape that...
Swiss Alps

Soggy summer days in the Swiss Alps

I love being in the mountains! The peaks, glaciers, sky and clouds are extremely beautiful. In addition to the beauty, mountains have weather. In...
Palace Hotel

The delights of Portugal

From Anita: One of our favorite parts of traveling is meeting the locals--and for us, that includes expats--who have plenty to share about their...
Terrasse am See

Terrasse am See: a lakeside escape to Vitznau, Switzerland

Time slows in Vitznau, as the sun begins to set over Lake Lucerne (der Vierwaldstädtersee). Our host for dinner turns positively misty-eyed as we...
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