Postcards from a Lake Zurich Cruise

The August weather didn’t seem too promising, dark, brooding clouds climbing over the surrounding hills, and descending on the Swiss city of Zurich. A perfect day to take a Lake Zurich cruise then! I’d already been given a basic grounding by Maggie, my local guide on using the tram system to get around the city. After the shortest walk possible from …

Guide Tales; Finding Hidden Zurich

The benefits of exploring a city, and remaining observant are topics of a recent post. The chances of finding the unexpected, hidden side of a destination is easier with the help of a local guide. Maggie, my friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic guide to Zurich, certainly showed me the nooks, and crannies. It’s unlikely many of these would have been found exploring alone. Guides …

Postcard from Lucerne; Favourite Destinations Photo Series

Switzerland would be many peoples choice as their favourite country in Europe or even in the world. The cities often feel almost surgically clean, public transport runs like clockwork, the alpine air is fresh, spectacular mountains seem to be everywhere, picture postcard villages dot the landscape, there are clear lakes like small inland seas and the cows wear huge bells …

Smart Travel; Cultural Survival Guide for Travellers

The recent spate of horrific sex attacks on female travellers in India have highlighted a problem which as existed for many years. There have been numerous other attacks but the ferocity and aggression involved resulting in the death of one victim has received worldwide condemnation. Extensive media coverage has fuelled the feelings of revulsion aimed at the sub-continent. “Reported rape …