Stein-am-Rhein – Stories on Walls

One Sunday morning in September, I found myself with an entire day completely open before a late night flight from Zurich. Idly leafing through a book about Lake Constance in a kiosk, the page for Stein-am-Rhein just popped open. I had never heard the name before, but knew immediately I had to see it. So […]

20 countries in 20 days! Is he mad?

On the post bus from Liechtenstein to Austria, I meet a man who is on a rather hurried jaunt across Europe – 20 countries in 20 days. Including a long trans-continental flight at either end. He looks dazed and sounds incoherent. What will he remember, I wonder? Will he be able to distinguish one country […]

Border bridge: Liechtenstein and Switzerland

Border bridge: Liechtenstein to the left, Switzerland to the right. I jump: Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland…

One night in Vaduz

Liechtenstein is essentially a family firm, headed by His Serene Highness Hans Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein, who lives in Schloss Vaduz.

Zurich – a night on the town

I quite like Zurich. It’s a good city to visit – just the right size. Never mind the smell of money.

Reminiscing about the Croc man: Here’s to you, Steve Irwin

I was about to write a post about Girona, but the news about the Crocodile Hunter made me want to reminisce about another journey instead. For all his antics, it’s sad that such a presence, such energy, just stopped being. Three years ago, I lived in New Zealand with my children. While there, we spent […]

Carcassonne tomorrow

Earlier this month, I read Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (that’s not Kate Moss – at least, I don’t think it is – but she must get that a lot), set partly in the early 1200s and partly today. I thought the book was half very good (1200s) and half so-so (present). The best part was […]

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