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Exploring Airolo, Switzerland

Coming Home to Airolo, Switzerland Airolo is Switzerland! When I think about Switzerland, I think of Airolo. Airolo is a Swiss village that holds a special place in my heart. It is part of my family history and where I was baptized. While I am Canadian – it’s where I...

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A Walking Tour of Bern Switzerland

A Walking Tour of Bern Switzerland   Bern Switzerland – A UNESCO World Heritage City Switzerland’s capital city, Bern, dates back to 1191 – and much of the city still retains its old-world atmosphere. In the Old Town of Bern Switzerland, which is a UNESCO World...

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Emerald Waterways Lauches in 2014

NEW RIVER CRUISE LAUNCHES FOR 2014 EMERALD WATERWAYS TO OFFER HIGH QUALITY EUROPEAN SAILINGS AND EXCEPTIONAL VALUE – AND THE INDUSTRY’S NEWEST SHIPS Boston, MA, August 2013 – The rumors of a new river cruise line have been floating around for a number of months – and...

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TourCrafters Escorted Tours of Europe

Libertyville, IL, November 27, 2012 — What could be better than a relaxing trip to Europe with a small group. great hotels, authentic restaurants, friendly English-speaking guides and—most important—no hassles or worries. TourCrafters has designed a brand new...

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Zürich’s Magical Musical History Tour

Zürich has won awards for its high quality of life. With Swiss Alps stretching on the horizon across a tranquil lake, this “Little Big City” of 380,000 boasts safe, spotless streets and unsurpassed mass transit. Zürich’s Altstadt, or Old Town, is especially alluring....

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Tramping Switzerland: the Cascades, part 5

Part V: The Reichenbachfall and Giessbach Cascades In A Tramp Abroad Mark Twain mentioned in passing two waterfalls located in central Switzerland. Meiringen has “beautiful cascades that leap from those rugged heights, robed in powdery spray, ruffled with foam, and...

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Tramping Switzerland: Wagner Mania, part 4

The Richard Wagner Museum is perched near exquisite Lake Lucerne (Luzern in Swiss German), surrounded by dramatic vistas of the Swiss Alps. The three-storey mansion where the German composer lived from 1866 to 1872 now documents and celebrates Wagner’s music and life...

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Tramping Switzerland, Part III

Part III: Magritte’s Matterhorn and Zermatt Today Zermatt is a hustle-bustle hamlet with 7,000 residents and 23,000 daily peak season visitors at one of the Continent’s most popular destinations. True too in Mark Twain’s era, with actual and armchair Alpenists drawn...

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Tramping Switzerland, Part II

Part II: Lucerne, the “City of Lights” In addition to writing about sightseeing at Lucerne’s lake and Alps in his1880 A Tramp Abroad Mark Twain reported on its city sights. To enjoy them as fully as possible I embarked on a walking tour set up by Luzern Tourismus led...

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Tramping Switzerland, Part I

Part I: Lucerne in the Sky With Diamonds Mark Twain, who died 100 years ago, is primarily remembered as the fictional chronicler of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn’s Mississippi River adventures. But Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens) is also one of the best travel...

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