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January 16, 2019

France: Château de Chenonceau


Visitors enter Château de Chenonceau

“We’ve been here before.” (more…)

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January 14, 2019

France: Hospices de Beaune


Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune

Our first visit to the Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune was on a rainy day in 2010. On the day we visited seeing the inside of the former charity hospital founded in 1443 was a good escape from the soaking rains. The rains unfortunately caused us to miss getting good pictures at the exterior of the building, a fine example of 15th Century French architecture with a distinctive Burgundy tile roof. In August of 2018 we made it back on a sunny day. Nevertheless the light was not perfect for photos. We might just have to visit again. (more…)

January 13, 2019

France: Château de Bussy-Rabutin


Château de Bussy-Rabutin, also known as Château de Bussy-le-Grand

Surrounded by a moat, the small attractive Château de Bussy-Rabutin is situated up the hill in a forested drainage above the village of Bussy-le-Grand. The back-story of the château is interesting. Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy from 1618–1693, was disgraced for supposedly having taken part in an orgy at the Château de Roissy, near Paris, during Holy Week. Bussy was ordered by King Louis XIV to retire to his estates. (more…)

January 11, 2019

Switzerland: Lucerne, Kapellbrücke

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Kapellbrücke

It’s been over twenty-five years since I first visited Lucerne Switzerland. In the intervening time Lucerne’s signature landmark the Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge burnt down in 1993 and was rebuilt. Today the wooden bridge looks brand old. Unless you look closely it’s hard to tell that much of the structure is new. (more…)

Switzerland: Bürgenstock


The Bürgenstock Resort

Bürgenstock is a mountain that rises from the shores Lake Lucerne across the water from the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland. That’s more than we knew 24 hours before we arrived there in May of 2018 to spend a night. (more…)

January 10, 2019

Switzerland: Stein am Rhein and the Swiss-German Border


Stein am Rhein

The Rhine River and its connected large lakes loosely define the border between Switzerland and Germany. The border here matters for trade. Unlike much of Europe, the countries of Switzerland and Liechtenstein are not part of the Eurozone. Though Switzerland is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement meaning travelers can pass freely across the border without immigration checks, goods don’t pass without import/export restrictions and tariffs. (more…)

January 9, 2019

Switzerland: Abbey of Saint Gall


Abbey of St. Gall

Returning from Vaduz Liechtenstein to Saint Jean de Losne France we made a minor detour to visit the city of St. Gallen Switzerland. The purpose of the visit was to see the Abbey of Saint Gall, a historically important religious complex that is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. (more…)

January 7, 2019

Liechtenstein: Vaduz


The Vaduz Castle, the Prince of Liechtenstein’s principal residence

It’s good to be the Prince of Liechtenstein. Or at least that is what I imagine.

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January 6, 2019

France: Tournon-sur-Rhone, Train de l’Ardèche


Train de l’Ardèche works its way up the Doux River valley.

Near Tournon-sur-Rhone is one end of the Train de l’Ardèche, a historic steam train that runs up the rugged River Doux valley. Today the historic railway functions as a tourist train. (more…)

France: Tain-l’Hermitage, Valrhona’s Cité du Chocolat


Chocolate that looks almost too good to eat.

We visited in Tain-l’Hermitage, along the Rhône River, in May of 2018. The complex is essentially a discovery museum for the Valrhona chocolate brand. Displays describe the history of Valrhona and the steps in sourcing and producing the company’s chocolate. It is reasonably well done and undoubtedly a destination for chocoholics. (more…)

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