Napoleon Museum and Arenenberg

As the autumn leaves begin to cascade from the trees, my mood seems to fall as well. We all face life’s challenges from time to time, and this is one that creeps up on me each year – the winter blues. (I am not alone; 10 to 20 percent of people suffer from the winter…

Hiking and Swimming in Canton Thurgau

  This spring I was given the daunting task of planning an all-day excursion for a family outing this summer, when our entire extended family will be together. The excursion has to fulfill a variety of needs for people of different ages, with different interests, physical abilities and temperaments. There will be nine or ten…

Irish Monks and Ancient Manuscripts

St. Gall UNESCO World Heritage Site: Irish Monks and Ancient Manuscripts Winter in Switzerland is a time of sledding, skiing, and long walks in the snow, but it is also a time for reflection, tradition and holiday rituals. There is one place in Switzerland where my family has returned to year after year – a place…

The Birds and the Bees, the Butterflies and the Bats

What better way is there for children to begin learning about the “birds and the bees” than by observing animals’ life cycles and reproduction in natural environments? Depending on whether you wish to invest a few hours of your time or an entire day, I would propose that you visit either the BirdLife Naturzentrum Neeracherried…