18 October 2016

Frankenstein's Monster's First Murder in Geneva

We've always felt sorry for Dr. Frankenstein's creature, haven't we? Like all of us, he didn't ask to be born -- nor to become an early empathetic anti-hero. Why did he kill? Will he ever find his bride? His soul? What will he do if he ever finds Dr. Frankenstein again? His questions still walk the earth, as does he to this day in Geneva.

11 October 2016

Only One Day in Geneva? Seriously?

No worries. You can see a lot even if you only have one day in Geneva. Here's my story in Le News. Plus three more pix from last autumn at beautiful Parc des Bastions.

Parc des Bastions
Giant chess at Parc des Bastions
The Protestant Reformation's Founding Fathers still thinking about things at Parc des Bastions

07 October 2016

Five Gorgeous Swiss City Parks

A great thing about little Switzerland is that you can hop on the train and visit five parks in five cities in just two days -- without even rushing. I got to do that for my latest Le News assignment. Here are some more pix.

Bern: The Botanical Garden
Bern: In the Palm House
Bern: My drinking buddy by the kiosk
Basel: Klannenfeldpark
Basel: Klannenfeldpark kinden on a "play island". 
Zürich: the Old Botanical Garden
Zürich: Old trees in the Old Botanical Garden
Lucerne: Konispark
Lucerne: Konispark
Lucerne: Konispark

19 September 2016

Please Don't Eat the Swiss Chocolate Train

Visits to a cheese factory and chocolate factory, each with its own rather remarkable self-guided tour, plus a stroll through one of Switzerland's most intriguing medieval villages. We traveled in beautiful, Belle Epoque train cars.

You can read about The Chocolate Train tour in my latest story for Le News.

Here are some more photos of Gruyères village, and getting up there.

12 August 2016

Switzerland's Biggest Street Music Festival

The 13th annual amazing Bern Busker's Festival is going on this weekend. I got to cover it for Le News. Here are some more photos.

28 July 2016

Alps Art Expedition Goes Above and Beyond

Pantelis Makkas needed a location to shoot a video art project. "I want to rewrite that Aesop fable, the story of the battle between the Sun and the wind. This time, the wind will win."

Pantelis, iconoclast to the last.

He is one of 15 international artists who've been invited by an avant-garde Greek fashion designer to contribute a video to be shown at the debut of her weird new tunic. 

I suggested to Pantelis he shoot somewhere in the Alps above Gstaad, because it wasn't far from us in Geneva, and because, yeah, it looked perfect. 

We hoped and found above Rougement.

Afterwards, we returned below by cable car to the village of Rougement. 

It's a place to see and be seen. 

Come and see for yourself. Pantelis says he's going back

08 July 2016

Ohio 4th

Almost by accident we found ourselves in heartland Ohio, U.S.A., during the 4th of July Independence Day weekend.

Marietta, Ohio has a cemetery filled with Revolutionary War veterans and their descendants.

 The town of some 14,000 stands at the confluence of the muddy Muskingum River and bluer Ohio.

Marietta began as a small outpost within the Northwest Territory that eventually comprised six states. In the 18th-century, fur traders from France and Britain lived uneasily by each other and native tribes, leading to the French and Indian War.

During the American Civil War this area was part of the Underground Railroad smuggling Southern slaves to "freedom" in the North.

Long before that, between about 800 BCE and 400 CE, this area was home to tribes who built mounds to bury their dead and for other reasons we may never learn.

Today you can still touch Marietta's history, its red brick buildings, clapboard homes and streets shaded by grand old trees.

And always the rivers.

Sometimes we travel to see a particular place, sometimes to see friends or family. And sometimes, yeah baby, both.