Discovering the Swiss Alps Part 1: Interlaken & Adelboden

Saturday morning, Julian and I set off bright and early for a weekend of exploring the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps. During my time in Switzerland, we’ve tried to take full advantage of Basel’s location in the heart of central Europe. We have traveled both near and far– from across the border to Alsace to Milan and Beirut. But in the process we inadvertently neglected Switzerland! For my last weekend in the country, I wanted to remedy this by going somewhere to revel in the natural beauty of […]

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12 Must-dos in and around Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon

Last week, Julian and I took an extremely last-minute trip to Beirut to attend the wedding of two college friends. The bride is Jordanian and the groom Kuwaiti and they decided to host a destination wedding in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Though we really wanted to attend the wedding, it seemed incompatible with Julian’s work schedule. It wasn’t until we spoke with another couple going that we realized we couldn’t miss this. After all, when else would we have the opportunity to attend a wedding in Beirut?? While we […]

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Exploring the fairytale-like towns of Riquewihr and Colmar

Alsace, France

Since moving to Basel, I’ve been dying to explore the nearby towns and villages across the border in France. There are dozens of charming towns to choose from. But after hearing Colmar inspired Belle’s town in Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to visit. Last weekend we decided to rent a car and make it happen. The best part is, Colmar is less than an hour away from Basel and it’s a beautiful drive through the French countryside. While in Alsace you’ll notice that this region has many Germanic elements, […]

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Art Basel 2017

A look inside the world's most prestigious art fair
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The Fair If you’re into art, you know Art Basel is the world’s top art fair and a destination event for collectors, gallerists, curators, artists, and art lovers. Conceived by Basel gallerists in 1970, today Art Basel brings the international art world together with 291 of the world’s leading galleries showing the works of over 4,000 artists. In 2002, a Miami Beach show was launched and in 2013, a Hong Kong show was added. However, the Basel fair in June remains the main attraction on a global scale. Last week, […]

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Shopping in Le Marais

Paris, France

Shopping Often referred to as “Old Paris”, I had heard Le Marais was the closest you could get to the feel of medieval Paris. What’s more, its winding cobblestone alleys are full of chic boutiques. Naturally, I was dying to explore this neighborhood on our last day in Paris for the French Open. Whenever I’m in a new city, one of my favorite things to do is find speciality boutiques and discover brands I’ve never heard of before. For me, this is more than just shopping, it’s a way to […]

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Weekend in Paris for the French Open

This past weekend Julian and I were lucky enough to get tickets to the French Open final in Paris. Of the four major Grand Slam tournaments (the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open), Roland-Garros, as the French Open is called, is the only one to be played on a clay court. Needless to say, Julian and I were thrilled to be attending the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and to see two of the best players, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, face off during the […]

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A Dinner to Remember at Cheval Blanc

Basel, Switzerland

In the week leading up to my birthday, Julian repeatedly told me he’d be taking me somewhere really special for my birthday dinner. The day of my birthday, he said I’d better not ruin my appetite because he was taking me to a local pizzeria and had been saving up to order three pizzas just for me! While I will happily eat pizza any night, I had a feeling he was pulling my leg. This feeling was confirmed when he told me to dress up (he said it was a […]

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Milan for the Weekend

Since moving to Basel, Milan has been top on my list of nearby cities to visit. Julian and I have several friends who live there and they all rave about this city. While Milan is far from the prettiest city in Italy, it’s where the action is happening. It’s the financial capital of Italy and competes with Paris as the fashion capital of the world. For young people, it’s the hot place to be and so we had to check it out for ourselves. From Basel, Milan is only four […]

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Road Trip through Burgundy Part 2

Day 3 & 4: Vezelay to Paris

If you didn’t catch the first leg of our road trip through Burgundy’s wine country, you can find it here! Day 3: Vezelay to Paris Vezelay Monday morning we rose early in order to get a head start on our busy day. After a quick breakfast, we headed to the medieval town of Vezelay. Vezelay is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the revered Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene and its well-preserved 15th, 16th and 17th century houses, gates and ramparts. In the 9th century, the relics […]

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Road Trip through Burgundy Part 1

Day 1 & 2: Beaune, Dijon, and Avallon

One of the great things about Basel is that it’s located in the heart of Europe. A ten minute drive and you’re across the border in France or Germany. A few hours by train and you’re in Paris, Munich or Milan. A quick flight and you’re in London, Rome, Barcelona, or Berlin. Last Friday, Julian and I decided to take advantage of our location and do a road trip from Basel to Paris, exploring the beautiful wine region of Burgundy (or Bourgogne in French) on our way. Like many of […]

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