Lake Geneva

11 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

© Matthieu valentin/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Matthieu valentin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lake Geneva (French: le Léman, lac Léman, rarely lac de Genève; Italian: Lago Lemano; German: Genfersee; Romansh: Lai da Genevra) is a deep lake on the north side of the Alps, shared between Switzerland and France. It is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe and the largest on the course of the Rhône. Sixty per cent (345.31 km² or 133.32 sq mi) of the lake belongs to Switzerland (the cantons of Vaud, Geneva and Valais) and forty per cent (234.71 km² or 90.62 sq mi) to France (the department of Haute-Savoie). Lake Geneva is divided into three parts because of its different types of formation (sedimentation, tectonic folding, glacial erosion):   read more…

The S.S. Antoinette

1 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  8 minutes

at Oberwesel © Alf van Beem

at Oberwesel © Alf van Beem

The S.S. Antoinette (long form: Super Ship Antoinette) is a cabin passenger ship of the Swiss S.S. Antoinette GmbH that went into service in 2011, which is used in the time charter by the American tour operator Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection on the Rhine.   read more…

Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz

7 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport Reading Time:  7 minutes

Cartier vs Ralph Lauren © Clement Bucco-Lechat/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cartier vs Ralph Lauren © Clement Bucco-Lechat/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz (formerly Polo World Cup on Snow, or Cartier Polo World Cup on Snow Sankt Moritz) is a polo tournament that has been held annually since 1985 (the world premiere of polo on snow) on the frozen Lake St. Moritz in the Switzerland will be held.   read more…

Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich

19 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  6 minutes

Hauptbahnhof © Roland zh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hauptbahnhof © Roland zh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bahnhofstrasse is Zürich‘s main downtown street and one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. In 2011, a study named the Bahnhofstrasse the most expensive street for retail property in Europe, and the third most expensive worldwide. In 2016, the street ranked ninth. It came into existence when the city fortifications were demolished in 1864 and the ditch in front of the walls was filled in. Until that time, the name of the location had been Fröschengraben (“Ditch Of The Frogs”), which then was changed to Bahnhofstrasse (“Railway Station Street”).   read more…

Erlenbach in Switzerland

20 October 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Roland zh/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Roland zh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Erlenbach is a municipality in the district of Meilen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. It is located on the north bank of the lake of Zürich, opposite Thalwil. The village is located on the Erlen stream (Erlen Bach) and along the Zürich-Rapperswil road. It includes the village and the outlying sections of Wyden, Winkel, Isler, Bindschädler and Lerchenberg.   read more…

Einsiedeln in Switzerland

5 October 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Einsiedeln Abbey © Dominik Landwehr/cc-by-sa-4.0

Einsiedeln Abbey © Dominik Landwehr/cc-by-sa-4.0

Einsiedeln is a municipality and district in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland known for its monastery, the Benedictine Einsiedeln Abbey, established in the 10th century.   read more…

Küsnacht on Lake Zurich

29 September 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

Küsnacht on Lake Zürich © Roland zh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Küsnacht on Lake Zürich © Roland zh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Küsnacht is a municipality on the Goldcoast of Lake Zurich in the district of Meilen in the canton of Zürich, Switzerland. Küsnacht is first mentioned in 1188 as de Cussenacho.   read more…

The European Union: European Sky Shield Initiative

12 September 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Editorial, EU blog post series, European Union Reading Time:  6 minutes

Flag_of_Europe European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) is a project to build a ground-based integrated European air defense system which includes anti-ballistic missile capability. As of July 2023, nineteen European states participate in the initiative. ESSI is part of the Common Security and Defense Policy and as such is designed to complement and relieve the burden on NATO.   read more…

Federal Palace of Switzerland in Bern

15 March 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  6 minutes

Federal Palace of Switzerland © flicker.com - Flooffy/cc-by-2.0

Federal Palace of Switzerland © flicker.com – Flooffy/cc-by-2.0

The Federal Palace is a building in Bern housing the Swiss Federal Assembly (legislature) and the Federal Council (executive). It is the seat of the government of Switzerland and parliament of the country. The building is a listed symmetrical complex just over 300 metres (980 ft) long. It is considered one of the most important historic buildings in the country and listed in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Assets of National Importance. It consists of three interconnected buildings in the southwest of Bern’s old city. The two chambers of the Federal Assembly, the National Council and Council of States, meet in the parliament building on Bundesplatz.   read more…

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