Switzerland: Europe’s Jewel Box

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Zurich – Switzerland’s alpine peaks glisten like a magnificent tiara on top of the European continent.On this tour I opened my treasure map to explore some of the gems lying within Europe’s little jewel box: culinary destinations, vineyards, luxury hotels, the pristine lakes, and the urban treasures of preserved medieval neighborhoods, galleries and traditional festivals. […]

Sechseläuten – A Zurich Festival to Welcome the Summer


There are many traditions that herald the end of winter and the warming of the weather. On Groundhog Day, if a hibernating rodent awakens and sees its shadow, there will be six more months of winter. The religious holidays of Passover and Easter coincide with the first full moon of spring. Shipyard workers in Annapolis, […]

Papua New Guinea

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By Francis DiScala Jr.: Everything is starting to feel the same. I can’t tell the difference between Disney World and Venice. Cultural adventure is harder to find. And for that very reason alone it is worth the 15-hour flight and the expense to travel to the other side of the world. But for surfers, divers, […]