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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…)

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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 3, 2019

Switzerland: CERN


The Globe of Science and Innovation, a visitor center at CERN

Early in March of 2018 we braved the rainy cold and headed to Geneva Switzerland to visit CERN, the Centre Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire. CERN is home to Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider. This is where the existence of the Higgs Boson, the so-called “God Particle”, was confirmed. The LHC lies deep in a tunnel 27 kilometers (17 miles) in circumference crossing beneath the France–Switzerland border near Geneva. It is the largest machine ever built. (more…)

April 8, 2017

Switzerland: Bern


An interesting fact: Switzerland has no formal capitol. Instead the country has a federal city, the place where most of the federal governmental buildings (parliament, executive, administration) are located. That city is Bern. (more…)

April 1, 2017

Switzerland: Jungfraujoch


The Wengernalp railroad between Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg

The commune of Interlaken is located around 50 kilometers from the geographical center of Switzerland. As suggested by its name, Interlaken sits between two lakes, Brienz to the east and Thun to the west. It is a pretty place that has justifiably been a tourist destination since the start of the 19th Century. (more…)

February 6, 2011

Switzerland to France: Tasch to Chamonix

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Our turbo tour of Switzerland’s Alps ended too soon. From Tasch near Zermatt we’d head to Chamonix France. On the way out of Switzerland, (more…)

January 31, 2011

Switzerland: Bellinzona to Zermatt

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Aletsch Galcier (panorama)

By morning the night’s heat had broken.  We woke to a cool and humid new day in Bellinzona .  It felt like dawn in the tropics.  It had been a (more…)

January 29, 2011

Italy to Switzerland: Bormio to Bellinzona

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When our summer trip was being dreamt up the vague notion of traveling the spine of Alps developed.  But what would that mean in (more…)

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