A trip to Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland with Dad

t on”It’s amazing that we were in Berlin this morning, and now it’s like we’re in another world”, I said. “Who would have thought that after just a taxi ride, a plane, a train, another train, a third train, and a bus, we’d somehow manage to get somewhere far away!” my dad replied. “And yet, we’re…

Romance on the canals of Venice, Italy

Venice is the ultimate romantic dreamland. Built out of nearly 100 natural islands by mainlanders escaping the marauding barbarians after the fall of Rome, for centuries this surreal floating city was nicknamed La Serenissima, “The Most Serenely Beautiful One”. A labyrinth of sparkling canals, more than any other European city Venice has an endlessly seductive charm. It is…

Tromsø: Norway’s gateway to the Arctic

At 69°N, TromsØ, Northern Norway’s largest city, lies far north of the Arctic Circle. At this latitude winter means twenty-four hours of darkness, while summer boasts the midnight sun. In late March the days seemed almost normal, with sunrise at 5am and sunset around 7:30pm, but during the 6 days of our trip the sunset had already shifted…

Ticino: Where Switzerland and Italy Collide

Well, Switzerland, you’ve outdone yourself again. My previous list of most adorable towns has been shown up by Ticino, where Switzerland and Italy collide, and it’s as wonderful as you might imagine when two of the most incredible places on the planet are combined. Once on the other side of the Gotthard Base tunnel, the world’s…

Christmas weekend in Milan, Italy

The food-focused 2015 World Expo has catapulted Milan into the spotlight. But Milan takes a while to uncover, its hidden charm slowly revealed on long rambles throughout the city, surprising curious visitors with spectacular interior courtyards and delicious restaurants, tucked away behind giant closed doors. Like most travelers who pass through Milan merely to kick off or wrap up an extended Italy trip, we were…

Les Diablerets 7.2km sledge run

When a friend from Atlanta, Georgia comes to visit you and has never seen mountain snow, there’s only one thing to do – SLEDGE DOWN A MOUNTAIN! Only two hours from Geneva, Les Diablerets  makes the perfect day trip for any winter sport. They have wonderful beginner to imtermediate alpine and x country ski runs, wnter hiking, and…

New Years in the Aletsch Arena, Switzerland

For a peaceful transition from 2016 to 2017, we decided to unplug for the weekend and retreat to the mountains. We had planned a relaxing New Years in a rustic wooden hut above the town of Riederalp, situated at the end of the Aletsch Glacier UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Europe’s largest and most powerful glacier,…

The island of colors: Milos, Greece

  We flew into Athens and stepped in line to board the SeaJets ferry for the three-hour journey from Piraeus Port to Milos, just a few stops short of Santorini. After a year of deliberating and planning, we were finally on our way to meet our old friends Theodoris, YuFang, Lucas, Sarah, and Allison’s brother Nate for a week-long reunion in Theodoris’s…

Rochers Des Naye, Switzerland

It’s a challenge to spend an entire weekend in Geneva when there are so many beautiful places just a short train ride away. Rochers Des Naye is one such place, recommended to us by a Swiss couple we met in a mountain hut, and makes for an easy 1.5 hour daytrip from Geneva. I caught an early train to Montreux, hoping to set…

Lake Oeschinen, the most beautiful lake in the Alps

It was still early morning when I arrived in Kandersteg on the last summer hiking weekend of the season, a thick blanket of clouds masking any sign of the enormous peaks that I knew were lurking all around me. A humble hiking mecca in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland, Kandersteg lies just on the other side of the mountains from Rick Steve’s beloved Gimmelwald and is reminiscent of the…

A wine hike under the three suns of Switzerland’s Lavaux Vineyards

Any wine lover should immediately head to the north shores of Lake Geneva where one of Europe’s best-kept secrets lies waiting: the timeless Lavaux Vineyards. Just an hour from Geneva by train, Lavaux is the largest contiguous vineyard region in Switzerland, covering 800 hectares between Lausanne and Vevey, and has been protected as a UNESCO…