Sion Domaine du Mont d’Or vineyards with steep terraces – Credit: Deborah Grossman
This post (the third of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.
There’s no denying that Lausanne and the Montreux Riviera of Lake Geneva offer many attractions. But the charming wine country and mountain area of Valais is a short drive or train ride southeast of the lake. The name is derived from the Roman word for valley. The Rhone River begins in the Valais Alps and flows through the plains, meandering south to the celebrated wine region of France.
With a similar terroir to the French Rhone Valley, the Valais is the largest wine-producing region in Switzerland. Though much of Swiss wine is produced by smaller wineries and consumed in-country, some wineries present creative and alluring tasting rooms and a few export to the U.S.
In addition to oenophiles, skiers and hikers will also be at home in this Alpine region. The spas of Leukerbad and other villages are famous for R&R of the water-plunge sort. As for gastronomy, the specialty is raclette, the warmed Alpine cheese served with accoutrements.
Lausanne old harbor with classic hotels – Credit: Deborah Grossman
This post (the second of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.
In South West Switzerland, Geneva may get the fame. But Lausanne has won my heart. Some cities are the perfect size, and Lausanne fits the bill. As the fourth-largest city in the country and home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne has grand hotels, a bustling tourist life, and an excellent metro system. Yet the many quiet neighborhoods, the mix of historic and trendy venues, plus many local festivals and traditions give the destination a small-town ambiance.
Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular in New York City – Credit: Viator
Get into the holiday spirit! Treat yourself and your family to an unforgettable experience at the “must-see” Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular – our all-time favorite holiday show. This only-in-NY Christmas extravaganza features the legendary Rockettes (the most celebrated precision dance team in the world), an enchanting Nutcracker scene, a Living Nativity with real camels, donkeys and sheep – and the sensational show-stopping “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”
Lavaux tending the vineyards with Lake Geneva and the Alps in the background- Credit: Deborah Grossman
This post (the first of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Switzerland has a mighty mix of attractions considering it’s ten times smaller than California. Though Zurich and Lucerne receive more tourist attention, the towns along the Montreux Riviera hugging Lake Geneva in South West Switzerland are hidden treasures. From Montreux, the famous jazz-obsessed town, to Charlie Chaplain’s town of Vevey with an easy segue to Rougemont in the Alps, you may fall in love with a destination surrounded by natural beauty.
Thinking of visiting Napa and Sonoma Wine Country this year and want to avoid peak season crowds? Consider a visit during the Spring or early Summer. Although both areas are popular year-round tourist destinations, wine country tends to be especially busy from late summer to mid-October during harvest “crush” season.
Take a fun Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour from San Francisco and enjoy a leisurely day of wine-tasting in California’s historic wine country. No need to worry about drinking and driving. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views as you travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach across the Golden Gate Bridge to scenic Napa and Sonoma Valley. And yes… there’s free Wi-Fi onboard, as well as an expert friendly narrated tour guide to answer any questions and keep you entertained as you wind your way through picturesque wine country. Continue reading →
Spectacular 4th of July Fireworks over the water in New York City
What a great way to celebrate Independence Day – cruising on the water watching the biggest and most extravagant fireworks show in the nation. Listen to music from a live DJ and dance the night away as spectacular fireworks illuminate the Manhattan skyline. Whether you’re a first time visitor to New York City, a tourist or a local, it’s a magical sight – and the memories will last you a lifetime!
Beat the 4th of July crowds on the streets of NY and take a leisurely cruise with your honey, family, or friends. It’s one of the best ways to see these magnificent fireworks as they light up the evening sky. Continue reading →
This post was written by Rohit Agarwal from India.
India is a beautiful country and has a lot to offer people who come here. This country is known to be God’s own land and has such appeal that it immediately brings out the awe when one experiences it. Kashmir is the state in this country that happens to be heaven on earth – and the crown on the Indian map. Its beauty is known to all. Kashmir is a jewel for India and also happens to be amongst the major destinations that a huge number of people have on their wish list. If you have a chance to visit here, make sure you don’t miss these beautiful locations. Continue reading →