Europe

Switzerland

One Week in Switzerland

I was slouched on the floor of my tiny London bedsit, with very little to my name, when I decided to head to Switzerland. My friend read out the first sentence in the Lonely Planet guide book before letting out a snort of laughter. “Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in the world.” …

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Chartres Cathedral

Speeding on a train from Paris, I was headed toward what’s been a place of communion for travellers since the 12th century. Tall skinny ones (like me), round ones, grumpy ones, happy ones and more often today, secular ones too. Being a traveller myself, I felt an urge to head to this old adventurer’s den …

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Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre, Paris, is a bit of a rock star as far as Parisian towns go. Attractive and famous with a rebellious past, it lured me, I admit, because it was the setting for the movie Amelie. However, a visit with my local friend Carole revealed a very different world (unsurprisingly) than the one created by …

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