Tag Archives: Switzerland

Built To Last

Stein Am Rhein, Switzerland, is a tourist mecca – primarily I think because of its architecture. This house in particular caught my eye. Haus Vetter (Cousin’s House) dates back to 1473, though I suspect there may have been an upgrade or two since then. Canadian houses aren’t expected to last that long. I’m wondering why […]

Preserving Cultural Heritage

I almost missed it. Probably because it obviously didn’t apply to me. I’m sure it wasn’t directed at you either. The sign was in one of the courtyards of a thousand-year-old monastery in the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein. We had just determined that we weren’t going to tour the monastery, deterred not by […]

But Is It Really A Church?

It was quite different from what expected. I walked by this church on a couple occasions last year, but didn’t have the opportunity to go in. Turns out it is a church, and not a church at the same time. They call it an “open church,” whatever that means. St. Elizabeth’s is trying to do […]

Train Confusion

When life gets busy my memory gets hazy, or so it seems sometimes. I remember writing this post. I thought I remembered posting it. But it turns out I didn’t, which may be a good thing: by now the statute of limitations on my crime has probably expired. And by the way, if you haven’t […]

Sunnier Days

It has been gray in Sulzburg recently. Very little sunshine. It seems like we get 10 minutes in the morning and that is it for the day. Sulzburg sits in a valley. If I walk to a neighbouring town, a couple of kilometres or so, there is usually sunshine, though there’s no guarantee. At least […]

Inflated Prices

It was a taste of home, almost. Admittedly Dunkin’ Donuts isn’t Tim Hortons, but the products do have similarities. At least I think they do – it must be 20 years since I last had one of their donuts. In Canada there is a Tim Hortons on every street corner, or so it seems. The […]

Urban Floating

It didn’t appeal to me as a family outing, but I was outvoted. So, I carried the bags.  For several months my wife has been intrigued by the idea of floating down the Rhine river in Basel, Switzerland. Turns out it is very popular – thousands of people do it, and there are usually only […]