Dinosaurs in Switzerland

A trip to the Unesco World Heritage site Monte San Giorgio and the Fossil Museum in Merida, Ticino There is a lot of talk about Earth’s facts versus “alternative facts” lately; and climate change, species evolution, and extinction are in the news. This is the perfect time to travel with your family to one of…

Finding Your Fun at Basler Fasnacht

Before you and your kids set off for either a part or the full three days of Fasnacht (Carnival), it is important to know that Basler Fasnacht is all about having fun but it is, in good Swiss manner, regulated fun – there are a few rules and traditions that need to be followed in order…

Zermatt: The Ultimate Winter Wonderland

Zermatt is the ultimate ski resort for the winter holidays. And for an expat, there is no bigger dream than to ski with the iconic Matterhorn as a backdrop. Zermatt is a charming, car-free ski village that has it all while still feeling small. And with so much amazing skiing available for the entire family,…

Hiking in the Footsteps of Dürrenmatt

I am a pushover when it comes to murder mysteries, detective stories, thrillers and suspense novels, not to mention strategy games. I just can’t resist them and neither can my kids. Hiking, on the other hand, has not always been the thrill for our children that it is for my husband and me. During the…

Exploring Ancient Cultures along Alpine Lakes

Pile-dwelling and La Tène Cultures along Alpine Lakes in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Unteruhldingen, Germany Our trip to Augusta Raurica, the former Roman outpost on the RhineRiver, earlier this summer (“Roman Footsteps in Switzerland,” June 2016) whetted our appetites to learn more about past cultures that inhabited Switzerland and the surrounding alpine lands. So our family…

Roman Footsteps in Switzerland

Visiting Augusta Raurica in Augst, Basel-Land When you think of Switzerland today you might think of the cheeses and chocolates, knives and watch-making, banking, insurances and pharmaceuticals for which the Swiss are world renowned. If you travel in rural Switzerland you might see cows wearing magnificent bells grazing on alpine hills on the foot snowy…

Science Museum Excursions in Zurich and Elsewhere

One of the bonuses of living in Switzerland is the ability to visit an abundance of museums specializing in natural and physical sciences, natural history and nature. My kids and I have spent so many Sundays and Wednesdays visiting these amazing centers for curiosity, exploration, knowledge, and fun that it is difficult for me to…

Winter Happiness in Stoos/Morschach

Happiness for me is about wellbeing and the ability to reflect positively and to experience joy and awe. I have yet to find a better way to cultivate this than to spend time with my family in nature. As I sit here and ponder what to write, I am immediately overcome with a flood of…