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A Journey Through the Secrets of the Universe at CERN

Geneva held no fascination for me. It was just another Swiss city with a pretty lake and exorbitant prices. But it offered one thing that other destinations in Switzerland could not: tours of CERN, the European Council for Nuclear Research, where scientists and physicists are studying the basic constituents of matter. For more…

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Bernina Express – The Little Engine That Could

“I think I can, I think I can!” The mantra made famous by the children’s book, The Little Engine That Could, ran through my mind as the Bernina Express train climbed toward the Swiss Alps. I had chosen to make this particular journey from Tirano, Italy to Chur, Switzerland, because it is the…

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PHOTO: Zschaler House in the Old Town of Chur, Switzerland

Click on title to view photo in large format. The Old Town of Chur is among the best preserved in Switzerland. One of its most interesting buildings is the Zschaler House, shown at the center of this photo. The exquisite frescoes on its facade were recently restored to their Gothic glory. Today the…

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PHOTO: Buildings Around the Episcopal Courtyard in Chur, Switzerland

Click on title to view photo in large format. In Chur, Switzerland, pretty buildings surround the courtyard of Saint Mary Assumption Episcopal Cathedral. Modern versions of historic wood chalets, they incorporate traditional architectural details such as the colorful shutters. The 800-year old Cathedral, located on the opposite side of the square, was reopened…

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PHOTO: Monte San Salvatore on the Shores of Lake Lugano, Switzerland

Click on title to view photo in large format. The iconic Monte San Salvatore, rising abruptly from the shore of Lake Lugano, is the most famous sight in the city of Lugano, Switzerland. Lugano has long been a favorite destination with the rich and famous. Not so well-heeled tourists, however, will also find…

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HoleInTheDonut Helps Man Find Long Sought Swiss Family Roots

A couple of weeks ago I received an email thanking me for posting photos of the old buildings in the village of Matten, Switzerland on my blog. The message, which was from a William Diesslin, read in part: “You didn’t know it at the time, but you photographed my great grandfather’s store front!…

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