In my World Heritage quest, I’ve seen a lot of military architecture lately. Not something I thought I’d be particularly excited about, but I’ve found these sites surprisingly interesting, including the three Bellinzona castles. Quite a few of these engineering feats are now on my wish list (heritage listed or not), such as Beelitz Heilstätten […]
I’m up in the cool, crisp air in Switzerland’s Jura mountains, in the somewhat obscure little town of Le Locle. Just like its neighbour, La Chaux-de-Fonds, this town owes its existence to one of the country’s many claims to fame: watch production.
Bern is one of Europe’s more unassuming capital cities. Like Canberra is overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne, all the attention here goes to big sisters Zurich and Geneva. In fact, if asked What is the capital of Switzerland? in a pub quiz, I’ll bet many would shout out one of the two. Despite numerous visits […]
Wandering along Lake Geneva’s waterfront, you won’t be lost for stunning scenery to rest your weary eyes on. There are towering mountains, clusters of vibrant flowers, the lake itself… and then there’s Freddie.
When you think of wine, Switzerland is perhaps not the first country that pops into your mind, is it? Yet, wine bottles from as early as the 2nd century BC has been found here, so historians know wine has been produced in this land-locked mountainous country since Roman times, at least. The country’s largest continuous […]
During my civil servant days, I was frequently in Geneva, participating in various UN committees. Then, on my way to work every morning, I’d stop and have a look at this broken chair across the street from the UN headquarters at Palais des Nations.
Ah, St Moritz. The name brings to mind a gorgeous summer holiday in Torquay. I was 16 and he was tall, blond, a little shy and had the most beautiful smile. I’ll call him Hanspeter, because that was his name. When business took me to St Moritz one September day a few years ago, well, […]