Autumn colors in Switzerland’s Lötschental Valley

People have been wandering through the Lötschental Valley since before the Bronze Age. Up until the Middle Ages, the Lötsch Pass was an important connection between Switzerland's Bernese Oberland and Valais. Nestled between the Bernese and Valais Alps in the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site, the remoteness of the Lötschental has preserved a simple way... Continue Reading →

A weekend of pasta and history in Rome

Just hours after leaving the office we found ourselves in the dimly lit L'Arcangelo, enjoying Rome's most beloved Gnocchi alla Matriciana, of pillowy fame in Bon Appétit contributor Katie Parla's best pasta dishes in Rome. After the meal we walked through the narrow streets to our hotel, opening a small door cut into the middle of a huge wooden door... Continue Reading →

Dear Oma…

Dear Oma, You were just 9 when you were forced to flee Germany. Now, at 86, you are one of the few people in this world who can both remember the events during your childhood past and still describe them in great detail. You have been telling me stories all my life about your home,... Continue Reading →

Suspended over the Aletsch Glacier

Once upon a time, herders used to walk their sheep across the massive 23km Aletsch glacier from the Belalp to the Riederalp. Sadly, today this is no longer possible due to the effects of global warming, which have caused the largest ribbon of ice in the Alps to retreat 3km since 1870, with 90 percent of... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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