March 9, 2015 |
A waiter serves champagne cocktails as the vintage 1914 paddle-wheel steamer Savoie gets under way. The ship's dining room is bright and cheery, with picture windows for viewing the stunning mountain scenery. The evening meal, created by a Michelin star chef, includes lobster ceviche, risotto with mussels and clams, and filet steaks in mushroom sauce with asparagus and potato puree. All accompanied by fine wines. Hours later, after dessert and espressos, the sun has set. On a cruise ship, my wife and I might retire to our stateroom.
December 15, 2014 |
I didn't have to think twice when I was offered a chance to spend a week at a French castle. What girl doesn't dream of being a princess in a castle, even if the opportunity presented itself a few decades, or more, after the first blush of youth? " Absolutement !" I shouted. "The Count," a friend of mine, invited me to the family castle, Chateau D'Avully, in the Haute-Savoie region of France, close to Switzerland. The chateau dates to the 12th century, a true medieval castle, and during excavation Roman tiles dating to 50 B.C. were found.
June 4, 2014 |
HENRIETTA Warrick thought she'd like to be a mortician. She also thought she'd like to visit Switzerland. Although she did neither, Henrietta managed to live a full and adventurous life, from trekking through the jungles of Hawaii to visiting Mexico and the Bahamas. But maybe her most fun was line dancing at various venues in Philadelphia, and grooving to Led Zeppelin's "Hey, Hey What Can I Do?" In fact, that song was her ringtone. In other words, Henrietta was something of a free spirit, while also being a devoted family matriarch as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
June 3, 2013
Europe facing flood threat BERLIN - Authorities in parts of central Europe issued disaster warnings and scrambled to reinforce flood defenses Sunday as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks. Several people have died or are missing in the floods in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland since Thursday. Some residents also have been evacuated from flooding in southwestern Poland, as well as in Austria and Switzerland. Czech officials said waters of the Vltava River could reach critical levels in Prague and metal walls were being erected to prevent flooding.
May 20, 2013 |
FLYERS DEFENSEMAN Erik Gustafsson scored to help Sweden become the first home team to win the world hockey championships in 27 years, beating Switzerland, 5-1, yesterday in Stockholm for its ninth title. Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist, and Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves to help Sweden become the first team to win the title on home ice since the Soviet Union in 1986. Switzerland earned its first medal in 60 years. "It was a tight game," Sedin said.
March 7, 2013 |
Switzerland ranks with Delaware and the Cayman Islands as a business-friendly legal environment. So it was a surprise, from this distance, to see every district in that wealthy mountain nation vote to approve a proposal by a Swiss senator , Thomas Minder , an organic-toothpaste baron, to force companies to vote each year on pay levels for bosses and corporate directors, and to outlaw the fat signing, merger, and severance bonuses that have...
September 19, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's prime minister told a Supreme Court panel Tuesday that his government would no longer stand in the way of a revival of a long-standing graft case in Switzerland against President Asif Ali Zardari, a decision that could help tamp down tensions in the bitterly contentious relationship between Zardari's government and the country's judiciary. The decision represents a significant turnaround in strategy for Zardari's ruling Pakistan People's Party, which for nearly three years has resisted the high court's demand to rescind a 2008 notification from the Pakistani government to Swiss authorities that corruption proceedings against Zardari in that country be dropped.
February 13, 2012 |
IVICA KOSTELIC captured his second consecutive World Cup super-combined title with a victory on the 2014 Sochi Olympics course, then hobbled off with an injured right knee that that might need surgery. The Croatian was in visible pain during the victory celebration in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, using his ski poles like crutches and struggling onto the podium on the verge of tears while sister Janica looked on crying. "You saw he could not walk," Croatia team spokesman Vedran Pavlek said.
February 11, 2012
American John Isner shocked Roger Federer , 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2, on an indoor clay court, giving the United States a 2-0 lead against Switzerland in their Davis Cup first-round series Friday. Isner's big serve and booming ground strokes challenged the Swiss star. A partisan crowd of 7,000 in Fribourg, Switzerland, was stunned into silence by Federer's first loss in Davis Cup singles in eight years. The upset was preceded by a thrilling opening singles match, with Mardy Fish outlasting Stanislas Wawrinka , 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 9-7. The United States can eliminate Switzerland in doubles in the best-of-five series on Saturday.
November 7, 2011
Defending champion Roger Federer beat Kei Nishikori , 6-1, 6-3, in the Swiss Indoors final in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday to win his first tennis title in 10 months. The former top-ranked Swiss was emotional as he thanked his hometown fans after winning for the fifth time in six years at the event where he once worked as a ball boy. Federer had a complete game on display to dominate the 32d-ranked Japanese, who stunned top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. The Czech Republic won its first Fed Cup title in 23 years after Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke beat Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina , 6-4, 6-2, in the decisive doubles match to secure a 3-2 win over Russia in the final in Moscow.