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Two Days in the Swiss capital: Bern, Switzerland

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017

Ever wonder why Bern was chosen as Switzerland’s political capital over the larger Zurich or Geneva?

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Hotel Schweizerhof in Lucerne named Best Historic Hotel in Europe

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

It has been the hotel of choice of royalty, celebrities, politicians, industrialists, musicians and more. And now the it has been named Best Historic Hotel in Europe by Historic Hotels Worldwide.

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Dining in Lucerne: the grand, the historic and the delightful

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

The Old Town is a charming restaurant and café area and the grand lakefront hotels have fine restaurants with outdoor seating. And just beyond the waterfront are hidden gems with charming dining rooms and garden dining.

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All in a day in Lucerne, Switzerland

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

Lucerne’s magnificent natural surroundings, temperate climate, city amenities, Old World charm, and easy access by road and rail has attracted travelers for over 200 years. It is one of the top tourist resorts in Switzerland.

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Mt. Pilatus: a voyage on a boat, train, cable cars and a bus

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

During our visit to Lucerne we rode a classic steamboat across the lake to the world’s steepest cogwheel railway at Mt. Pilatus.

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Yverdon-les-Bains, thermal capital of the Lavaux region of Switzerland

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016

The little town of Yverdon-les-Bains is the Swiss Lavaux region’s thermal capital on the southwestern tip of Lake Neuchatel.

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The Swiss Lavaux region: A votre sante!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2016

“The land of three suns” is sun-drenched from the sky, the reflecting lake, and the stone walls that release stored heat when temperatures drop.

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Worth the hike: dining at breathtaking heights at Berghaus Ӓescher

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016

Dining at Gasthaus Äescher is an experience that goes far beyond the meal.

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Appenzell: A taste of traditional Switzerland

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016

Appenzell, in the eastern part of Switzerland, is hill country at its finest with colorfully painted wooden buildings, cows and dairy farms, and the musical sounds of yodelers, dulcimers, giant-sized cowbells, and alphorns.

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Guinness: It’s good for you!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016

In 1759 Arthur signed a 9000 year lease on four acres at James’s Gate, in the heart of Dublin. It included a dilapidated brewery and free access to a water source for 45£a year.

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Québec City, Île d’Orléans and the Beaupré Coast

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016

Quebec City exudes the charm and continental flair at any time, with its beautiful gardens and founding language, French, still spoken today.

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A Taste of Germany on our Viking River Cruise

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016

Taste of Germany night was a fun fest, with staff in dirndls and lederhosen, kitchen tours, and local musicians.                   An array of German wines, beers and schnapps complemented traditional favorites like pork knuckles, sausages, dumplings, sauerkraut and strudel. The evening was topped off by live music. And all were invited to tour the kitchen.  ...

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An Untours apartment stay in Meiringen, Switzerland

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016

This was our second Untours apartment stay in Switzerland. This time we chose to stay in Meiringen, in the Swiss Heartland, an alpine and lakes region in the middle of Switzerland.

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Säumerfest in Meiringen, Switzerland

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016

One afternoon, as part of an event called Säumerfest 2016, a group in traditional attire arrived with donkeys and mules laden with wooden cheese boxes to parade through town.

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Castles of the Rhine

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016

While palaces and their treasures were magnificent status symbols, castles were built to protect against medieval invaders.

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Viking River Cruise culinary tours: the flavors of Vienna

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016

For this visit to Vienna we opted for Viking River Cruises’ “Best of Culinary Austria” excursion, tasting and learning to prepare regional specialties.

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Alpkäserei Handegg: a Swiss cheese hut

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016

We rode a post bus ride to Alpkäserei Handegg, a cheesemaker’s hut in the Grimsel region of Switzerland.

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A peak experience from Meiringen, Switzerland: Reuti, Mägisalp, and Planplatten

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016

The series of three gondolas took us through forests, past gushing waterfalls, over chalets on rolling hills and to the alpine terrain of the summit.

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The Sherlock Holmes Museum, Meiringen, Switzerland

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016

Readers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books know it as the place where Holmes was said to meet his demise, Reichenbach Falls in Meiringen.

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In Meiringen, Switzerland, history and legends come right from the oven

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016

Banners strung across the streets proclaim that Meiringen is the birthplace of the confection known as meringues.

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