Camellia Festival in Locarno

Every year around the end of March when the camellias begin to bloom, people head to Locarno to visit the camellia festival. Boasting over 950 different camellias, Locarno features one of Europe’s most important camellia parks. Walking through the park, many different languages can be heard. During the festivities there are concerts, stands with information […]

Postcard from Zuoz

Canton Graubünden is one of my favorite cantons, and I go there whenever possible. It was easy to decide to go there for the weekend when looking for a place to go cross-country skiing. Not only are there many options there, it is also utterly beautiful. This time we stayed at the Swiss Historic Hotel […]

Postcard from the Stazerwald

To ring in the new year with a dose of sunshine, we headed over towards St. Moritz for the day. We walked through the forest of Staz and the pretty Lej da Staz, which was of course frozen. From there we walked across the frozen Lej da San Murezzan (Lake St. Moritz) to the train […]

Around the Cape Peninsula

It was in the early hours of the morning when I stepped off the plane in Cape Town. The arrival in the second country I’ve visited in Africa was very different from when I walked across the tarmac at the Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania four years ago. The most noticeable difference was the missing smell […]