tea light lamp with photo of Richard Burton at Céligny

Finding Richard Burton’s Wales in Céligny

I GREW up in a movie-loving family, with a fondness for the classics — dramas, musicals, romances, almost anything — of the 30s, 40s and 50s.

By the time the 70s rolled around and I was old enough to process newspaper headlines, many of the famous thespians from those great Hollywood eras were receding from public view.

Swiss Heritage walking trails

Swiss Heritage’s Historic Trails

THE Swiss Heritage Society — (Schweizer Heimatschutz / Patrimoine Suisse) dedicates itself to preserving Swiss culture in the shape of its buildings and national monuments as well as its open spaces, including parks and walking trails.  IF, like me, you enjoy combining walking and discovering landscapes, architecture, history and local culture, […]

Meyrin Geneva Alpine botanical garden

Meyrin’s award-winning Alpine Botanical Garden

EVERY year since 1998, the Swiss Heritage Society recognises one garden in Switzerland for its outstanding achievements in the garden arts, placing as much value on efforts to conserve and maintain valuable historic green spaces as it does on the creation of new, contemporary ones. On Saturday, 18 May, the […]

Parting shots of winter in the charming village of Zermatt

  I LOVED Zermatt the first time I saw it during a one-day stopover almost 30 years ago. I continued to love it every year for ten years when my husband and I celebrated his birthday with a ski-week vacation every mid-January. We saw its fortunes rise and fall and rise again and with […]

hiking through Swiss vineyards

Walking Switzerland’s breathtaking Lavaux terraced vineyards.

THE TERRACED vineyards of the Lavaux region, stretching from Lausanne to Montreux, offer breathtaking views over land and lake that can be enjoyed on foot with relative ease. First terraced by monks in the 11th century, the region received UNESCO World Heritage-site status in 2007 and doubtless is one of […]

Swiss swimming pools

Fancy a cool dip? Visit one of the country’s “Loveliest Swimming Spots”

A MAJOR heatwave is descending on Switzerland this week so there’s no better moment to take a cool dip in one of the country’s loveliest swimming pools or outdoor nature spots. If you’re looking for something special near you, a pocket-sized French-German booklet published by the Swiss Heritage Society entitled “Les plus beaux bains de la Suisse” (Switzerland’s Loveliest […]

Traveller’s tip: When in Lugano, Switzerland, remember to look up!

I HAVE been longing to get back to Lugano in the southeast, Italian-speaking part of Switzerland since I last visited it about 23 years ago with my sister Virginia, who was visiting us at our home in Basel in northwest Switzerland for Christmas. It was only a 4-hour train journey […]

A winter walk in Vaud delights, heals and inspires

AT THIS chilly time of year it’s easy to hunker down at home and not cross the threshold except when I have to, especially on a Sunday afternoon free of the usual obligations of a weekday or shopping Saturday. Yet I’ve developed the habit of putting on my no-frills clothes […]