All posts tagged: Nature

Discover open spaces with Swiss Heritage’s Historic Trails booklets

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, then you’ll enjoy the Society’s Destination Heritage guidebooks. The first guidebook, Destination Heritage, Volume 1: Historic Trails is dedicated to connecting history and nature-lovers with the 35 most beautiful and historically significant transit routes in the country. From bridges with a daring structure, old mule tracks, and Napoleonic alpine roads to romantic Belle Époque routes through the countryside, these historic trails shine a light on the country’s social and political developments as much as its architectural and technical ones.   Routes of communication are cultural property   In Destination Guidebook Volume 2, entitled Ripe Fruit and Golden Hay, walkers are led to discover the beauty and diversity of 23 traditional rural landscapes, many of which have been transformed over the centuries. And Volume 3 will set …

Meyrin Geneva Alpine botanical garden

Meyrin’s award-winning Alpine Botanical Garden + Botanica 2019: 70 events at 20 Swiss Gardens

  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 Society awarded its Schultess Prize, named after the award’s benefactors Georg and Marianne von Schulthess-Schweizer and worth CHF 25’000.00, to the Jardin Botanique Alpin Meyrin, located in the Geneva suburb of Meyrin.

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 it the opening and closing and opening again of shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and luxury villas. The last few years, as foreign money rolled in, it was hard to view an unobstructed skyline free of construction cranes. It was worrying, but somehow through it all, the village maintained its charm and authenticity even as free green spaces were eaten up, prices climbed, and the slopes became more crowded (especially with the new ski lifts). So what would we find — or not, I wondered, after a five year absence devoted to the needs of a house and garden and two adorable cats that were unable to handle our absence for more than a few hours at a time. Good to be back — and reassured Happily, we found that many …