Category: Europe

St. Gallen, Switzerland

St. Gallen: A Swiss Vignette

Crisscrossing Switzerland by rail on a ten-day Spring excursion, my husband Tom and I discover St. Gallen, an elegant medieval town in a high northeastern alpine valley just an hour out of Zurich. The city’s stunning Abbey cathedral and library complex are known...

Trans-Siberian Railway platform

A Journey to the Heart of Siberia

From the quaint port city of Vladivostok to the teeming sprawl of Moscow, the Trans-Siberian Railway is a truly remarkable route unlike any other in the world. An Odyssian route Covering the better part of 10,000 kilometres, across two continents, the...

Amsterdam’s Love Affair with Light

Amsterdam is a city of contrasts. Historic, narrow 17th-century buildings and canals coexist with liberal drug, prostitution and same-sex marriage laws. But no contrast is so clearly embraced as the one that continues to permeate the Netherlands’ approach to artistic...

The Italian Alps: A Mosaic of Landscapes

Picture the Alps. Perhaps you’re imagining a vast mountain chain stretching over 1,200 kilometres across eight alpine countries, including Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Austria to the north, Italy and Monaco to the south, Slovenia to the east, and France to the west....