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Swiss Watching

Forget everything you thought you knew about Switzerland. Swiss Watching is an original and intriguing read about this landlocked island, going…

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Slow Train to Switzerland

One tour, two trips and 150 years – and a world of change – apart. That was the premise behind my new book, Slow Train to Switzerland. It’s the…

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Around Switzerland in 80 Maps

Hand-painted or computer-generated, medieval or modern, city or country, all the maps have one thing in common: Switzerland. But it isn’t a book…

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False Friends

A chef using a preservative isn’t quite the same as a Chef using a Präservativ. Confusing a cook and marmalade with a boss and…

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How to be Swiss

The art of being Swiss isn’t an easy thing to master, even if you have a head start by being born that way but How to be Swiss…

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Le Suissologue

In the Suissologue, Diccon Bewes is both a tourist guide and a sociologist. He tells us about Switzerland through its peculiarities …

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Der Schweizversteher

Wie isst man ein Fondue, ohne sich Feinde zu machen? Warum tut man in der Schweiz gut daran, vor allen nderen Gästen zu einer Party zu kommen…

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When the Swiss fought the French

April 30, 2019, No comments

On a low green hill beside the country’s busiest motorway stands a lonely memorial. Thousands drive past it every day but I...

A Brexit dictionary for the Swiss

March 6, 2019, No comments

It isn’t easy to explain Brexit to the Swiss. For people in a country that has a referendum every three months, it’s...

A train ride up through snow and ice

February 26, 2019, No comments

It’s one of Switzerland’s great rail journeys and it’s just as spectacular in winter. The round-trip ride from Interlaken to Kleine Scheidegg...

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