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Blowing Hot Air: Ballooning in Chateau d’Oex

February 9, 2014

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Last week I found a new way to enjoy the mountains here in Switzerland: floating 10,000 feet up in the air in a wicker basket held aloft by a sheet of nylon and a bunch of hot air. Yep, I went hot air ballooning in the Alps! Every January since 1979, the village of Chateau […]

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5 Days in Cinque Terra

April 8, 2013

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The International School of Lausanne is in the midst of a two week break right now, so we decided to take advantage and do some more traveling together as a family. After weighing a number of options, including Morroco and Turkey, we decided to travel down to Cinque Terra, on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, […]

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World Cup Weekend in France

March 19, 2013

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As many readers know, I am a huge fan of competitive cross country skiing and have been involved in the sport as a competitor for many years and, more recently, as a coach with Team Hardwood. While I miss my Team Hardwood family a great deal, as well as the adrenaline and excitement of race […]

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Chateau d’Oex Hot-Air Balloon Festival

March 4, 2013

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The Swiss are very fond of festivals and hold them throughout the year to celebrate everything from music, wine, and cheese, to local handicrafts, farm produce, and livestock, including beauty contests for cows (I kid you not!). Some festivals date back centuries, while others are more contemporary in origin. Looking for something to do as […]

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Awesome Wheels: a photo gallery

November 23, 2012

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One thing you notice in most European cities is how many luxury sports cars there are on the roads, especially in affluent areas like the Swiss Riviera. The restaurant and hotel parking lotsĀ  are full of them. Now, I’m no sports car fanatic, but I do appreciate the looks of a fine automobile, and so […]

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