July 20, 2016 |
At exactly 8:35 p.m. local time Monday in Etoy, Switzerland, Michael Brooks picked up the phone and - who can say the last time he did this? - dialed a Philadelphia number. He had decided to explain where he has been, why he has been there, and why he has been so quiet for so long. It was his first opportunity, he said, to respond to the phone messages I had left and the emails I had sent him last week. When he called me Monday, he had not yet read a column that had been published on Philly.com on Friday and in the Sunday Inquirer - a column that I had wanted to be about his reflections on the 1980 U.S. Olympic boycott but that, as I reported the piece, became something else entirely.
June 13, 2016 |
On a snowy day in January 2015, Jeanne Stark fell in love with a storied homestead on five acres of lush countryside in West Brandywine Township. Named for a family who once owned it, the Reason Farm had been part of a larger 19th-century estate, and supposedly had been a hub for the Underground Railroad, then later a hideaway for a bootlegging operation. Stark had recently taken a marketing job nearby and was searching for a home for her and Chris Scherler, her partner of 10 years.
May 27, 2016
There is a wild-eyed look of mischief to the tousle-haired youth whose face is stamped on the rind of Chällerhocker. But that boy is the imaginary "cellar sitter" for which this cult cheese from Switzerland is named, and I could imagine looking a little loony, too, if I were locked up for 10 months of aging on a wooden shelf. The upside is that this Swiss cheese has fast become one of my favorites in the world. Cheesemaker Walter Rass at Kaserei Tufertschwil in the canton of St. Gallen created it in 2003 as a variation on classic Appenzeller (for which he is also renowned)
January 4, 2016 |
FELSBERG, Switzerland - "I'm no longer a typical Walser," says Andres. "They've stayed in the valley, while I left it. " He still feels a special pride, though, whenever someone recognizes his distinctly accented German. "Oh, but you are typical," his wife, Margit, chimes in, laughing. "The Walsers all initially emigrated," although that was nearly 800 years ago. My wife and I are staying with longtime friends Andres and Margit in Felsberg, a picturesque lowland village along the Rhine in eastern Switzerland's Graubünden.
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...