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Harder makes it easy to enjoy the views

June 29, 2021, 11 Comments

In an area with so many mighty peaks, it’s easy to overlook one which is only 1322m high. But that would be...

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Welcome to Interlaken, the Paris of the Alps

June 28, 2021, 30 Comments

I like Interlaken. There, I’ve said it. I might not agree with Hans Christian Andersen, who called it ‘the Paris of the...

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Old meets new in a stunning Giubiasco hotel

June 22, 2021, No comments

Wouldn’t you love to stay in an immaculate palazzo that’s the epitome of a boutique hotel? It’s the stuff that dreams are...

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When I was directly involved in direct democracy

June 15, 2021, 4 Comments

I vote every time I can, always have and always will. In Switzerland that means voting fairly frequently but this time I...

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Unwrapping the material wealth of St Gallen

May 21, 2021, 2 Comments

Once upon a time over half the world’s embroidery came from St Gallen, and the industry was Switzerland’s largest export. Then came...

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Central stylish business hotel that almost gets it right

May 20, 2021, No comments

If the estate agent mantra about location is right, then the Hotel Walhalla has a trump card: its postion directly across from...

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The pleasure of St Gallen’s enticingly unique shops

May 19, 2021, No comments

It was the goats that caught my eye. A family of five lined up along the pavement, begging me to stop and...

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St Gallen, a wonderful city of windows and walls

May 18, 2021, 1 Comment

The medieval Berlin. Yes, St Gallen was once a divided city, with a wall separating the Catholic monastery from the Protestant city...

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Discover the Swiss city full of eastern promise

May 17, 2021, 3 Comments

St Gallen is only an hour east of Zurich but for some people that means it’s completely off the map. It’s not...

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Art that you fall in love with at first sight

May 12, 2021, 23 Comments

There’s nothing quite like Joanne’s art, probably because there’s no one quite like Joanne. She is as original and authentic as her...

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