Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Solid as a rock: the place of power in Engstlenalp, canton Bern

Switzerland is rich in mystical places where the weary can supposedly refuel by soaking up geobiological energy. I decided to check out a few such spots.

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Taxidermist René Heim works on a 60,000-year-old mammoth tusk.

Wide-bucket excavators aren’t the tools of choice for archaeological digs, but sometimes you can’t be too picky. An astute workman was quick to realize the machine he was operating struck something special at a Lucerne-area gravel pit. That “something” was a 45,000-year-old mammoth tusk, about 180 centimetres long and about 50 centimetres in diameter at its thickest part.

Read the whole story here: http://www.swisster.ch/news/society/mammoth-findings-display-lucerne-museum.html

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For serious bag ladies

The "flat hat" collection by bombdesign -- fun!

Picking a single handbag for a trip can be hard, and cramming a second one into your suitcase means sacrificing precious wardrobe space. Not so with the “flat hat” bag line from bombdesign.

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Affordable treat: the magical ice palaces of Schwarzsee

The holidays may be over, but the winter is just getting started. Low on cash? No problem. Even in Switzerland, there are plenty of deals to be had – if you know where to look. Here’s a selection of ideas for getting through the hard Helvetian winter with spending money leftover for the spring.

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Winter at "Rosenlaui" in the Bernese Oberland

It’s expected to be a hard but hopefully cozy winter in the Swiss tourism industry. For the coming season, Switzerland Tourism is heavily promoting mountain cabin magic in resorts around the country.

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What's so funny about that?

Brawny, Bounty, Plenty … paper towels typically have a name that implies strength and absorbency. Not this brand, spotted in a Zurich ladies room.

“Funny” must be for people who like to have a good time while drying their hands and wiping up spills. It made me smile, anyway!

(Apologies for the poor-quality photo — I took it with my phone.)

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© Augenklinik Heuberger AG

A young cataract patient being prepared for surgery

Every year, a team of international doctors flies from Switzerland to Mexico. There they visit the poorest communities, where nutritional deficiencies often lead to cataracts. In addition to performing free operations, they educate local doctors and bring much-needed supplies.

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