Travel Photography: Oeschinensee, Switzerland

Oeschinensee, known as Switzerland’s most beautiful lake, lives up to the hype. This lake is nestled in the mountains surrounded by waterfalls. We managed to get some really beautiful shots and wanted to share them here. Enjoy! First, we took the early train to Kandersteg in an attempt to avoid the crowds. It worked, despiteContinue reading “Travel Photography: Oeschinensee, Switzerland”

Caves, Castles and Covered Bridges: A Tour Around Stunning Lake Thun

Lake Thun is a beautiful lake to the west of Interlaken, Switzerland. There are numerous small towns along the shores and just gorgeous places to take in the view. We made our way around Lake Thun (pronounced “Tune”) stopping first at St. Beatus Caves, then at Oberhofen Castle, then the town of Thun. Here’s theContinue reading “Caves, Castles and Covered Bridges: A Tour Around Stunning Lake Thun”

Book Review: From Here to Eternity

Ever wonder if how the way your culture approaches death is the best way to approach death? Ever wonder about it all? From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty discusses the methods and traditions regarding death in cultures around the world. She gives brilliant descriptions of rituals and traditions from the people of Tana Toraja,Continue reading “Book Review: From Here to Eternity”

Chur: 24 Hours in the Oldest Town in Switzerland

Sometimes I like to pretend NYC is an old city. I mean, come on, people started living here IN THE 1600s!! Yeah, I know, Europeans have bread older than that. And Switzerland is no exception. We got up close and personal with Switzerland’s oldest city, Chur, for 24 hours on our trip throughout the country.Continue reading “Chur: 24 Hours in the Oldest Town in Switzerland”

Our Favorite Things To See, Do and Eat in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Picturesque does not even begin to describe the scene in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. We agonized over where to have our homebase for a week in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. Lauterbrunnen turned out to be a gem of a location. With glorious mountain and waterfall views, easy access to trains, lots of restaurants, and aContinue reading “Our Favorite Things To See, Do and Eat in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland”

Hiking Anthony’s Nose: A Day Trip from NYC

Exploring the Hudson Valley by Metro-North is one of the greatest discoveries I’ve made while living in NYC. It can get so concrete around here, if you know what I mean. Life is elevators and subways and street noise. When you get on the Metro-North, you start to see the city fall away to rollingContinue reading “Hiking Anthony’s Nose: A Day Trip from NYC”

Our Favorite Utah Slot Canyons: Zebra Canyon and Kanarra Creek

When you visit Utah, the desert reminds you just how beautiful the US can be. Utah has natural arches. It has amazing hoodoos in Goblin Valley and Bryce Canyon. And it’s home to some gorgeous, secluded slot canyons with multi-colored, multi-layered sand walls. Exploring the slot canyons was one of our favorite things to doContinue reading “Our Favorite Utah Slot Canyons: Zebra Canyon and Kanarra Creek”

Book Review: This Is How You Lose the Time War

by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone Blueberry. Raspberry. Sea foam. Blood. This Is How You Lose the Time War is a new SF novella. It’s a love story told through a series of love letters threaded between a war that’s been raging for God knows how long. Red and Blue are adversaries who just happenContinue reading “Book Review: This Is How You Lose the Time War”

Hiking the Swiss Alps: Northface Trail Photo Guide

Neal and I hiked over 100km while we were in Switzerland! We did several hikes in Zermatt and the Lauterbrunnen area. I think, of all the hikes, our favorite was the Northface Trail. It had stunning backdrops, interesting varied trail and it took you from one village to another. This trail is an absolute MUSTContinue reading “Hiking the Swiss Alps: Northface Trail Photo Guide”