Coming Soon in 2017:
First in the Nature Element series
KATHERINE ROEBLING a young woman from Chippewa Falls, WI, embarks on a journey from her quiet academic life studying anthropology at Beloit College to taste the Jet Age. The era of rapid social change, ushered in by faster and bigger jet engines, created stewardesses as the glamor girls. Airlines market these young women as the jet goddess hostess trained to pamper male passengers, mix their martinis, and calm their fears of flying. On the ground these jet goddesses become freedom warriors poised to lead a revolution...read more
Magical Life-Journey Books by Judy Kundert
From the award winning author and storyteller of Women's Fiction and Children's books, come books of self-discovery and journeys into nature and human experience. From air travel to fantasy adventure in a forest, for children age 8-12 to women of any age, Judy Kundert brings us words that inspire self-realizations, leading to success - young or older - in reaching wherever our dreams may take us.
the Legend of the Whispering TreesTwelve year-old Tressi and her friend Ralph Rabbit, a large white rabbit dressed as a medieval prince, open their world to Samantha, a cloistered young violin virtuoso. Tressi’s world consists of trees of all kinds, mythical and real. Forest gnomes help Tressi by transporting a magical chest containing three special volumes of books through the forest. Each book, which she opens for Samantha, contains a story that will inspire and awaken children to enjoy nature and learn to look inside themselves to find their magic. Samantha and the Legend of the Whispering Trees was a 2009 Finalist in the USA News Best Book Awards and a 2014 Mom’s Choice Silver Award Winner. It is the first book in the Magical Chest Series.read more
A new book for children to share with parents, teachers,
and older brothers and sisters packed with helpful tips to
engage and connect them to nature.
From gigantic national forests to the local park in your town to your own backyard, nature is all around us. Join Tressi as she shows children (with a little help from grown-ups!) ten great activities to get outside and back into nature.
Judy Kundert, former airline stewardess in the 1960s, is an award-winning children’s book author and storyteller. She shares her love of travel on her weekly blog. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University, Chicago, a Master’s Degree from DePaul University, Chicago, and a Master’s Certificate in Marketing and Publicity from the University of Denver. She lives with her husband at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.read more
Here are some of the reasons to add an Amazon River cruise on the top of your travel list:
The region’s amazing biodiversity since the vast Amazon River is the second-longest river the moves across the continent of South America as it passes through Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.
More than a third of the world’s animal species live in this vast river basin’s rainforest which means you’ll meet encounter wonderful creatures such as squirrel-size tamarin monkeys, three-toed sloths, monk saki monkeys, scarlet macaws, Amazon River dolphins, Amazonian manatees, giant otters, anacondas, caimans, bull sharks, piranhas, electric eels, jaguars, and much more.
There are also opportunities to visit villages deep in the heart of the forest where few outsiders venture.
How to find the right river cruise
The CruiseCritic article by Maria Harding, Cruise Critic U.K. contributor covers all the choices that a cruise passenger has for sailing the Amazon from Brazil to Peru. She offers helpful tips on how to choose a cruise on the vast and magical river.
More cruise suggestions
For more cruise suggestions Fodors offers suggestions for top 5 Amazon River cruises.
How to travel tips
“Everything you “Need to know about visiting the Amazon” is a helpful article in the telegraph provides tips on when to travel, how to travel, and where to travel. How to pack for Amazon River Cruise Carol Morse’s article “What to Pack for an Amazon River Cruises” in smartertravel provides tips on what pack and not forget before your run into a jungle.
More tips for your trip
Tips for Amazon River Cruise in lonelyplanet list 9 helpful tips to make your trip easier and memorable. And some books to read before you travel The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon by Michael Goulding, Melinda Jorge, Gondim Lilly The Amazon River flows more than 4,000 miles through the world’s greatest rainforest, into the Amazon delta, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean. This extraordinary atlas is the first comprehensive view of not only the Amazon River but also its thirteen major tributaries. More than 150 color maps and nearly 300 vivid photographs provide spectacular views of the river and rainforest. One River by Wade Davis The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South America—Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis—an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness.
“You cannot surprise an individual more than twice with the same marvel”
Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi
But the Mississippi River offers three experiences and surprises that you will not find anywhere else.
Feel like an explorer.
When you travel along the Mississippi River you can dive deep into the feelings of the Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto who is credited with the European discovery of the Mississippi River in 1541.
Feel American history come alive.
The Mississippi River is where so much of America’s history was written.European immigrants settled the Mississippi River Valley and their influence is active today in everything from cultural traditions to cuisine.
Feel artist and literary inspiration.
Use your imagination and go back in time and awaken Mark Twain’s views along the river. Join his reveling in the history of the river valley and envision Mark Twain’s sights of early America and its pioneers.”
How to take a Mississippi river cruise?
americancruiselines offers a spectacular 22 days/21 nights cruise that will bring these three experiences alive.
Before you go, you may enjoy reading.
Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
“A stirring account of America’s vanished past…
The book that earned Mark Twain his first recognition as a serious writer…
Discover the magic of life on the Mississippi.
At once a romantic history of a mighty river, an autobiographical account of Mark Twain’s early steamboat days, and a storehouse of humorous anecdotes and sketches, Life on the Mississippi is the raw material from which Twain wrote his finest novel-The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
Check out some stops on the cruise’s journey along the Mississippi River.
“No man ever steps in the same river twice for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.” Heraclitus
A river cruise, as it moves with the rhythm of water, is one of the best journeys to help you refresh, recharge, and renew.
How can a river cruise cure your information overload and the effects of our hectic desensitized daily lives?
- A river cruise can be relaxing.
- The river cruise ride is smooth.
- The river ships are usually able to dock downtown in very convenient locations to cities so that exploring the city on your own or through an organized tour.
- The river ships are smaller and accommodate between 100-200 passengers, which allows travelers to get to know their fellow passengers better and form meaningful friendships.
- The river cruise may have themed experiences giving travelers a real sense of the history and the cultures of their journey.
AmericanCruiselines offers a great journey to get your feet wet on a river cruise with its Historic South and Golden Isles Cruise. The eight days/seven nights cruise journeys from Charleston, SC to Jacksonville, Fl.
“The Intracoastal Waterway is a protected network of bays, rivers, and canals with its shores home to some of the most beautiful historic cities in America. Start your journey in Charleston, lined with cobblestone streets and antebellum houses and where the first shots of the Civil War were heard. Continue to scenic Beaufort and learn what life was like on a southern plantation from our resident expert dressed in period costume. Enjoy the scenic beaches and abundant wildlife at Hilton Head, before traveling to Savannah where you will tour historic districts showcasing 19th Century wealth and opulence. In Jekyll Island, visit “Millionaire’s Village,” a National Historic Landmark with 240-acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages built over 100 years ago. On your final stop at Amelia Island, take a river cruise and walking tour through the Victorian seaport of Fernandina Beach.”
Stops along the river.
Each of these ports is full of wonders that will give you experiences that will last long after the journey’s end.
Are you ready for your river cruise?
Check out these helpful travel tips in Irene S. Levine’s article “Cruise Hacks: 8 tips to help you pack for a river cruise” in moretimetotravel.
“During the golden age of commercial air travel, in the 1960s and 1970s, flying was akin to being at a cocktail party on wings when everyone dressed for the occasion.” Christopher Muther, a Boston Globe staff travel writer.
What do leading travel experts say about dressing up for air travel?
Air Travel today compared to the Golden Age of Travel.
From a travel writer:
You may find inspiration to dress better for your next airplane trip in Christopher Muther’s article. WhatHappened toGlamourAirTravel. The juxtaposition was almost too perfect, although perfect is probably not the best adjective to describe it. On a flight to Chicago earlier this summer I was seated next to a college-age woman who hiked up her sweat pants to her calves. She kicked off her filthy flip-flops and pulled a bag of peanut M&M’s out of her backpack, diving in with the decorum of a rabid raccoon.
As she did this, I watched a Smithsonian Channel documentary on my laptop called i-was-a-jet-set-stewardess I saw vintage clips of beaming, bouffanted air hostesses (such a welcoming term!) pushing around well-stocked bar carts while dishing out seven-course meals on fine china. On this flight, my meal was one course, and it consisted of a can of Diet Pepsi. I was immediately nostalgic for an era I never experienced.
“It really was as glamorous as it looks,” said Thor Johnson, a former Pan Am vice president who worked for the airline during the golden age of commercial aviation, considered to be the 1950s and 1960s. “We served those beautiful meals, and people dressed up when they got on the plane. There were dress codes, but people would have dressed well even without rules,” he said in an interview.
From a writer, photographer, and filmmaker.
“Looking back to the 1960s, it really was a glamorous age for travel,” said British designer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker Keith Lovegrove, who wrote the book “Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet.” “My father worked for an airline, so we witnessed the posh days of air travel. That really inspired my book. I remember that it was party time on the airplane, and people really dressed as if they were going to a party.” Preview the book in his promotion film: Airline:styleat30,000feet
And air travel today. Dressing up gets you better treatment from airline personnel.
From a syndicated travel writer
Maybe you receive better treatment from airline personnel, according to George Hobica’s Huffington Post article, do-airlines-treat-you-better-if-you-dress-well?‘My guess is that United overbooked economy and they needed to upgrade someone. And that someone was me. In a recent blog post, I asked a gate agent for another airline if he would give preference to a well-dressed passenger in such a scenario and his answer was, “Yes, the better dressed you are, the more likely you are to nab that seat. I am not going to put someone wearing flip flops up front with our best customers. It also pays to be courteous, to smile and to be patient. I would rather give the better seat to someone who makes my life easier.” (He did point out, however, that if the flight isn’t oversold, the computer takes over and assigns upgrades based on frequent flyer status and other factors.)”
Tips on Dressing for your Next Flight
Tips from an expert airline traveler, check out theflightattendantlife
15 ways to look chic at the airport, check out whowhatwear
The best real people Airplane outfit ideas from Europe, check out travelfashiongirl
From the beginning of time to the 21st-century people described certain areas as being holy or magical, as having a concentrated power or presence of spirit.
Ancient legends, historical records, and contemporary reports tell of extraordinary, even miraculous happenings at these places where the sick become well; deities appear; artists receive inspiration, prophets see visions and sages attain spiritual enlightenment.
In addition to all the magical wonders offered by these sites, here are six real benefits to help you add zest to your life.
Benefit #1: Relaxation and Sightseeing
The sacredness of an area contributes to a relaxing atmosphere, but people must remember to show the proper respect.
Crater Lake in Oregon. This deep lake’s location is in the center of a collapsed inactive volcano.
Benefit #2: Vortex of Energy – Geological Sites
Sedona, Arizona, has long drawn people interested in healing, spirituality, mysticism, and metaphysics, who come for more than just the dramatic, red-rock beauty.
Benefit #3: Cross of Energies Ancient Monuments
Many people say that ancient ruins have a soft place in the hearts of geomancers and shamans when asked if they consider these as among their favored sacred locations in the world.
Bighorn Medicine Wheel is a famed monument in Wyoming. It got its name because of the healing energies believed to be emanating from it
Benefit #4: Undisturbed Natural Life –Sacred Waterfalls
Spending time in the dark recesses of nature, you will feel a connection with the high levels of energy. People believe that these holy places in the world have a strong presence of unfathomable spirits that most spirit-questors have encountered at several times.
Sacred Falls, originally known as Kaliuwa’a, is the sight of the leaking canoe.
The name derives from Hawaiian folklore of a demigod, Kamapua’a, who could transform into a pig, giant pig, or a herd of pigs, plus be a man.
Benefit #5: Spiritual and Divine Energies – Man-made Sacred Temples
What is Holy and sacred in these places is the presence of divine energy that moves religious fanatics or pilgrims to take in the stillness of the area.
Machu Picchu is virtually synonymous with Peru,
Sometimes you hike to get back to nature, other times you walk to discover another culture or a religious site.
Benefit #6: The Energy Signature – Where Great Masters Roam
Aside from the places of worship and the traditional summoning of spirits both elemental and human, there are a handful of tourists who prefer visiting sacred hills where great masters of various faiths once lived.
Arunachala in India is the temple of Lord Shiva. Every year during the months of October and November, the Karthigai Deepam, the Indian term for light, is lit on the top of the hill.
See all these sacred sites in this video.
What are the benefits for children from reading literature?
Many educators agree that reading literature gives children these valuable life skills:
Literature provides pleasure to listeners and readers. It is a relaxing escape from daily problems, and it fills leisure moments.
Literature builds experience. Children expand their horizons through vicarious experiences
Literature provides a language model for those who hear and read it. Good literature exposes children to correct sentence patterns, standard story structures, and varied word usage
Literature develops thinking skills.
What special life lessons have British authors taught children about life?
For example, let’s look at the life lesson from A.A. Milne’s classic, Winnie-the-Pooh. In quirkbooks Elizabeth Browne’s “Ten Things Winnie the Pooh taught me about life,” she lists ten items. For instance, she lists such character aspects as, positive thinking, empathy, and gratitude.
The list of British authors, who gave us life long lesson and memories, is varied and remarkable. Authors such as Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, and Michael Bond still fill bookshelves and libraries around the world.
So wouldn’t it be a wonderful gift to you adults, who’ve probably read many of their works, and your children to walk through their worlds and experience their creativity in their homeland?
Where to find the adventure.
Here’s some tours that to get you started on planning a trip to this spring or summer.
In LondonPerfect, “A Tour of Children’s’ Literary Land,” reviews such authors’ sights as: A.A. Milne, Michael Bond, and Warner Brother’s Studio where all the Harry Potter movies were made.
In ciabambino “Discovery literary London with kids,” gives pointers on such sights as: the London Zoo for a statute of Winnie the bear, who became the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh; Peter Pan’s Statue in Kenning ton Garden; and the Imperial War Museum where an exhibition of author Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories Spies exhibition is based.
Finally, for the budding young authors there is the Discover Children’s Story Center at Stratford-on-Avon where children 11 and up can create their own stories
The VisitOxfordandOxfordshire, provides information on the Oxfords’ Children’s story tours to experience the Oxford of Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and Phillip Pulman.
Thanks for visiting.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewi
We’d love hear your responses to:
“What’s the best thing you’ve learned from reading literature?”
Why should you get outdoors?
Numerous scientific studies found that nature improves our health and well-being in at least three ways:
- Physical activity increases when we get outdoors. Nature makes us move.
- Nature revives and helps us recover from stress. We find our concentration improves, and we can also reduce our pulse rate and blood pressure.
- Outdoor activities promote our social well-being and sense of community. We look at others in a more positive way, and our mood is quickly improved.
Why visit Finland?
Finland offers a broad range of outdoor activities, whether you like to walk in the wilderness along well-used tracks or a short nature trip with your family, or just wander around picking berries in the forest. The country’s unique national parks are the gateways to Finnish natural wonders.
Finland is a clean and quiet country where the feeling of space, the calm of the wilderness and the bustle of the lake districts is present throughout the year.
What are some things to see and do in Finland?
Would you like more details on a vacation in Finland?
For a visit to Finland, you may want to visit: visitfinland
For a visit to Helsinki, you may want to visit: visithelsinki
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Norway the 4th happiest country in the world beckons travelers to come and find happiness and much more. Travelers to Norway continue to find inspiration in its combination of gorgeous, harsh landscape, myths, and legends.
For many people when they think of Norway they think of the Vikings, and it’s colorful images of horned helmets, berserkers, longships, Valhalla, the one-eyed god Odin and men dying sword in hand or drinking out of skulls. The intrigue of the Vikings calls them to come and see their ancient world.
And they will find that Viking sites in Norway are among the oldest in the world. And it’s amazing that Viking history is still alive in pop culture since more and more people are gaining interest in the Viking Age.
As Ivar Peersen, co-founder and guitarist in the Norwegian “Viking metal” band Enslaved says, “At some point, you realize that there’s a lot more to the mythology and history. It’s about philosophy as much as anything else,” says Peersen. “You start discovering the nuances and appreciating the things that are more … subtle. The beautiful things.”
For the traveler longing to visit Norway’s Viking Sites here are some must-see sites.
Lofotr Museum in the Lofoten Islands
In the Iron Age, 10-15 Chieftains held seats in northern Norway. One of these seats was at Borg in Lofoten and is the only original Chieftan’s home. The Lofotr museum consists of several rooms such as living quarters, guildhall (dining hall), and an animal stable. The stable is also an exhibition room.
Stiklestad Cultural Center, outside Trondheim
The location for Norway’s most historic battle, the Battle of Stiklestad. The battle occurred in 1030, and it became the most important marker as the country’s transition from paganism to Christianity. At the end of July, visitors can experience “St. Olav Days at Stiklestad” with concerts, plays, guided tours, lectures, excursions, and activities.
Located in a heritage rich landscape echoing the Viking era, Middle Ages, and World War II, the Trondenes Historical Center offers an exhibition of multimedia, featuring vision, music, light, and smell.
Viking Swords Monument, Stavagner
Commanding visitors’ attention at Hafrsfjord is the Three Swords in Stone monument. This towering monument commemorates the legendary Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872, after which Viking King Harald Fair Hair united the three districts of Norway into one kingdom.
Historical Borre at Borrehaugene, Horten
This is the largest Viking graveyard of Scandinavia with significant discoveries from ancient times. The Midgard Canter has information on the barrows and graves. Local folklore tells that early in the mornings you can hear the elves play on “The Fiddler’s Mound” on the vicarage field.
Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
The most popular Viking site in Norway is The Viking Ship Museum, which presents Viking ship discoveries from Gokstad, Oseberg, and Tune and other finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord. Things to see in the museum are an incredible collection of artifacts and information on the world’s two best-preserved Viking longships from the 9th Century.
The Viking City Kaupang, Larvik
Kaupang, the first city in Norway, was established around year 800. It became a center for skilled craftsmen and did business with visitors from near and far.
This Viking site is a reconstructed settlement from the Viking Bronze Age. It’s known for its fertility labyrinth, archery, and story telling.
Avaldsnes, once the seat of the highest Viking Kings of Norway, is a pristine Viking settlement surrounded by breathtaking landscape. This site is just a 10-minute walk from the historic St. Olav’s Church. To see how the Vikings lived from day to day, Norwegian History Center offers an incredible permanent show on Vikings and their ancestors, inclusive of their beliefs, which are the Norse Mythology.
Kvernes Kirkeomrade, Averoy
This site consists of a museum and ancient burial ground that span 4,000 years of Norwegian history. There’s also a church and cemetery that’s still in use.
Want more details for an adventurous Viking vacation to Norway?
More details for a Norway vacation, please visit. visitnorway
Iceland, the 3rd happiest country in the world, is a land of magic. Starting with the name Iceland, which may inspire you to conjure up images of ice and icy landscapes. You’ll have to trek to Greenland for the ice and icy wonders of your dreams. Vikings from Norway settled Iceland sometime in the 800s. Connecting the Icelandic horses in the country today is unique in the fact since they are direct descendants from their ancestral Vikings’ horses.
Magical sites to explore in Iceland
The tallest building in Iceland and one of the most visually impressive, rising 244 feet above the streets of Reykjavik is Hallgrimskirkja, It is situated in the capital city’s center and has become one of Reykjavik’s best-known symbols.
Learn about Iceland’s hidden folk at this school dedicated to the study of elves.Road crews in Iceland will sometimes hire folklore experts to determine if certain boulders are homes to elves, and will divert the road around the boulder if it turns out there are little people living within it.
The Volcano Show at Red Rock Cinema
A charmingly eccentric magma chaser presents his complete history of the island’s eruptions since 1947, in cinematic form, just for you. Hidden on the back quarters of a house on one of Reykjavik’s many hills is a bright red oversized garage known as the Red Rock Cinema. Inside, a man by the name of Villi Knudson has spent years showing just one movie, albeit in three languages depending on the day.
Magic abounds around Iceland’s “Smoky Valley” which is a beautiful river that is shrouded in a constant cover of steam clouds. It’s located within the vicinity of the quaint town of Hveragerði, just 45 kilometers away from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. This smoke-shrouded, hidden valley is a part of one of the largest geothermal areas in the country. For the adventurous, there is also a popular local hiking trail leading into the valley after about an hour’s trek, which is eventually dominated by a gorgeous geothermal river.
This natural Icelandic fissure allows divers to swim right between two volatile tectonic plates. The rift sits in the gap between the North American and Eurasian continental plates, where an imperfect seam allows explorers into the watery depths an opportunity to dive towards the center of the Earth
It rises from the sea like a stone monster. Starting as the plug of a volcano, over the years the craters surrounding the rock plug gave way to the pounding Atlantic Ocean to leave the outcropping Hvítserkur behind. Icelandic legend has it that the rock was a troll who forgot to retreat from the light and was turned to stone in the sunrise, though from some angles it is said to look like a dragon drinking from the water.
Víddaflakk (Interdimensional Hopscotch)
Check out the plaque that tells one part of Eliala Mei-Ning’s story in an imagined parallel universe. Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.” It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place.
A “simple-hearted artist” turns an isolated Icelandic valley into his own art museum. Farmer-turned-Folk artist Samúel Jónsson never managed to make much of a living as a painter, but after he retired the “simple-hearted artist” devoted his last years to churning out as much creativity as possible.
Stykkisholmur, Iceland- The Library of Water
This collection of unique liquids allows visitors to wander the waters of Iceland’s glaciers Known as “Vatnasafn” in the native Icelandic, the Library of Water is a long-term project that has set out to capture the spirit of Iceland through its waters, weather, and words.
Are you interested in more Iceland magic?
Pick up this book.
The Little Book of the Hidden People: Twenty stories of elves from Icelandic folklore by Alda Sigmundsdottir (Author, Translator)
Icelandic folklore is rife with tales of elves and hidden people that inhabited hills and rocks in the landscape. But what do those elf stories really tell us about the Iceland of old and the people who lived there? In this book, author Alda Sigmundsdóttir presents twenty translated elf stories from Icelandic folklore, along with fascinating notes on the context from which they sprung.
Not only is Switzerland the United Nations’ 2nd Happiest country in the world, but it has most interesting secret places to expand and add wonder to any weary tourist’s vacation hopes.
So let’s hop aboard and let’s visit Switzerland ‘s best trains.
Where to start: Transportation
The best way to explore Switzerland, whether it’s the secret parts or not, is on the country’s super-efficient rail network. Trains are clean, comfortable, run on time, and offer a moving view of some of the world’s most postcard-perfect scenery. For the best value is the SwissPass.
Best secret places to add to your travels through Switzerland:
Despite thousands of years of human settlement, Chur, the capital of the Graubünden region, is rooted in the present as much as in the past. A regional center for culture, the city is also an adventure lovers’ dream town, with summer mountain biking and winter skiing opportunities all around.
Founded in the 8th century, Disentis Monastery is today the spiritual and educational center of the Upper Rhine Valley (Vorderrheintal). A cultural history exhibition depicts the history of the Benedictine Abbey as well as ecclesiastical art.
The most scenic railway in the entire world, the GlacierExpress runs through central Switzerland. For a true Old World experience, order a delicious three-course meal and enjoy it in the historic dining car.
St. Beatus Cave
The legend of the cave revolves around its namesake, St. Beatus, a monk living around 100 AD, who chose the cave in which to spend his pious hermitage. However, he discovered someone was already living there; a horrible dragon, who shot lasers of fire from his blazing eyes. St. Beatus held his ground and did not run out of his cave, He fought the beast by holding up his cross to the beast. The monk’s action invoked the Holy Trinity. Thrown into a hysteric fit, the dragon ran down the cliff and threw himself into Lake Thun below, causing the placid clear water to rise and boil.
Stretching over an arm of Lake Triftsee (itself a product of the Trift glacier), hidden among the high Swiss Alps, the Trift Bridge is a thin modern suspension bridge that looks like it could blow over with one stray wind, but is in fact quite safe.
Maison d’Ailleurs, or the “House of Elsewhere,” revolves around extraordinary journeys. It is a museum of science fiction, utopias, and other futurist writings. The museum has had an intense history since its creation in 1976 and originally located in a three-story townhouse. In 1991 the collection moved to former prison built in 1806 in the middle of the city.
There are wonderful waterfalls in the world, such as the Niagara and the Victoria, that draw thousands of tourists each year to marvel at their natural wonder, but there is one hidden away in the alps of Switzerland the notorious Reichenbach Falls. It looms larger than other falls in the world, since it’s the final and deadly confrontation between Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis, the Napoleon of Crime, Professor Moriarty.
In July 1916 German artist and poet Hugo Ball stood in the tiny performance space at Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire, and read the first Manifesto introducing the world to a new concept in thought and culture. This was Dada: “An International word. Just a word, and the word a movement.”
Lucerne’s Spreuer Bridge looks to be a peacefully bucolic old-world span, the kind where medieval lovers might have met on a warm spring day, but hanging beneath the covered roof are dozens of historic paintings of skeletons and reapers collecting souls. They all remind travelers that every second is one closer to death.
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