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Migros bus - when grocery stores had wheels

For eighty-two years - from 1925 to 2007 - the famous Migros bus was a familiar sight, rolling up and down the Swiss countryside in its signature green and orange colors, selling groceries. In the fall of 2016, the bus made one more nostalgic tour. (With two videos) >
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Zürich Cafés: Felix at the Bellevue

It's a very close bucket-list item, this old-world café that charms with its delightful ambiance as much as with its sweet and savoury delicacies. Read about this first of several wonderful coffee houses at the famous Bellevue square in the city of Zürich! >
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Zürich B&Bs: Scandinavian cabins

A green meadow with Highland cattle; a breakfast basket with farm fresh eggs delivered to your doorstep, and every comfort and convenience in your own, personal Scandinavian cabin, in the city of Zurich. Is this for you? >
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Zürich Hotels: Hotel Waldhaus Dolder

For over 100 years, the Hotel Waldhaus Dolder next to the red funicular has been a prominent landmark overlooking the city. Now the current ten story building which dates back to the seventies is being replaced with a stunning new design. >
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Rasa, Ticino: Jewel of a village on the mountaintop

It had been discussed since 1928. In 1957, the cable-car was actually built to connect the last hamlet in the Ticino with the world. By that time Rasa - 958 meters straight up from the valley floor - had been inhabited for centuries! The fascinating history of this village. >
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Vent Negru: traditional folk music from the Ticino (sound samples)

The rugged, untamed Valle Onsernone is a magical place. Through centuries, the people living in this remote alpine area have made music as powerful as their landscape. When Vent Negru plays it, it stirs your soul and touches your heart. >
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A drive around Lake Geneva, by guest writer Sandra Grote

At the end of September, we set out on a tour around the Lake of Geneva. It could not have been better weather; - we drove the whole time with the top down - yahoo! >
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When in Zürich, visit St. Peter's Church

Zürich's history is intimately intertwined with St. Peter's, dating back to the 9th century. Famous for Europe's largest clock face - the minute hand jumps nearly 50 centimetres with each move - there are many lesser known "firsts" this amazing church has to boast. >
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Schweiz-Amerikaner als Rütli Wirt

(German.) Mike McCardell, der 37-jährige Doppelbürger hat den Sturm im Wasserglas als neuer Wirt auf dem Rütli bestens überstanden. Und dazu noch eine Herde Schottischer Hochlandrinder auf der Rütliwiese eingeführt! >
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COOP oder die Liebe geht halt doch durch den Magen (mit nostalgischen TV Spots)

(German.) Ernst Teigwaren - SoSo Biskuits - Cenovis und Biostraht. Erinnert Ihr Euch? Und an die damaligen Fernseh-Werbespots dazu? Ein Streifzug durch den COOP Einkaufskorb von gestern und die Erinnerungen, die er wach ruft. >
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Brissago Islands, Lago Maggiore: legacy of a Russian Princess

How about an around-the-world trip on a sub-tropical island paradise, followed by tea at an elegant palazzo? Eccentric Baronesse Antoinette Fleming-St. Léger and the mild climate in the Ticino make it possible. >
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Esther Gerber's paper scissor cuts (with videos)

A centuries old Swiss tradition practiced today in an Emmental farmhouse. Look over this talented artist's shoulders and watch the magic of how Esther Gerber's paper scissor cuts take shape. >
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Lake Lucerne, Brunnen: Royal approval of the Area for the Swiss abroad

Queen Victoria hit the nail on the head when she wrote: "The lake itself, that wonderful colour - varying from sapphire blue to emerald green - it’s too glorious.” Read here what Her Royal Higness was referring to. >
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Beautifully restored Fischingen Abbey. Two worlds under one roof

A stunningly restored baroque abbey, church and medicinal garden which is home to a Benedictine monk community, and at the same time features a lovely hotel, restaurant, an abbey carpentry of repute as well as the "Pilgrim" craft brewery. >
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So war mein Visp, von Gastautorin Wal Baur

(German.) Seit 18 Jahren lebt Wal Baur in Südkalifornien. Sie ist im Wallis aufgewachsen, aber bald hat es sie in alle Himmelsrichtungen verschlagen. Hier berichtet Wal über in Zuckerwasser getränkte Lockenwickler, einen schwerhörigen Kaplan und vieles mehr aus ihren Jugendjahren in Visp. >
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Scenic drive bypassing the Gotthard tunnel

Three different languages, two mountain passes and a superb 14 points Gault Millau meal, all in the space of less than five hours. A super interesting panoramic drive, crossing Switzerland from north-south. >

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