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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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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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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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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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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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The Grand European Tour: A Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016

European river cruises have surged in popularity with good reason. Everything is taken care of while passengers travel from destination to destination with ever-changing scenery and the comfort and convenience of a luxurious floating hotel.

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Through the Heart of Europe: the second time around

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

Fourteen years ago we took our first Viking River Cruise to celebrate a special birthday. Our journey along the Danube, the Rhine, and the canal that connects them was one of our best trips ever, something so many of our fellow passengers said, as well. Would the Grand European Tour from Budapest to Amsterdam be as much fun the second time around?

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Best food in Nashville: Etch

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016

Etch is the latest top-ranked restaurant to feature the cuisine of award-winning co-owner and Executive Chef Deb Paquette, the first woman in Tennessee to qualify as a certified executive chef.

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Nashville: where the music never stops

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016

When we think of Nashville, the state capital and largest city in Tennessee, country music comes to mind. Its Grand Old Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame are legendary.

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