september saturday in lucerne

Two months ago, when the weather was still warm, Martin and I visited Lucerne. I had never been before, and Martin thought it would be a fun Saturday afternoon getaway. It was so much fun to spend a couple of hours lazily wandering the streets and taking in all the sights. We walked through the old town (and a cool craft market), found a great lounge chair (we will be going back for it next spring), and squeezed in with all the shoppers at the flagship Bucherer store to check out the watch displays. Read more


views from rigi

After an evening with Sting, we spend Sunday heading in the mountains. Rigi is Martin’s favorite Swiss mountain and it was green and beautiful when we reached the top. It was the Rigi Schwingfest (Swiss wrestling) and Stone Throw so Martin took part and then we hiked around before the torrential downpour arrived. Unfortunately the fog and chill made it impossible to see the Schwingen, but it was still a fun day. I anticipate we will be spending many more days on Rigi, whether hiking in summer or snowshoeing in winter. Read more

an evening with sting

Martin surprised me with tickets to see Sting Symphonicity at Locarno’s Moon & Stars Festival on July 9th. We got up early Saturday morning and took the train south. It was another beautiful trip, and we enjoyed a sunny day filled with gelato, cappuccino, and time enjoying the cool lake water. Read more

an evening at baselworld

Last Friday afternoon Martin and I hopped on a train to Basel for a trip to the Baselworld watch fair. Martin’s new sponsor, Maurice Lacroix, had invited us to attend several events announcing their new line and celebrating their recent design sponsorship with Wallpaper* magazine. Since the events didn’t start until 5:00pm we took advantage of a free Friday afternoon, and a lot of sun, to explore a bit of Basel before heading to the watch fair. Read more

ticino weekend

Last Friday evening Martin and I drove with several of his hammer throwing friends down to Tenero, a small town on Lago Maggiore in Ticino (Italian-speaking Switzerland). Tenero is home to one of Switzerland’s national sports training centers, the Centro Sportivo Tenero, which was hosting a small hammer-throwing conference sponsored by the Swiss Federation. I was a bit car sick on the drive down so I slept through my first trip thorugh the St. Gotthard auto tunnel going underneath the Alps to Ticino. Read more


st. gallen saturday

Last Saturday afternoon Martin and I took the train to St. Gallen, the largest city in NE Switzerland. St. Gallen originated in 613 when an Irish monk, Gallus, chose the site for his hermitage. The Benedictine Abbey of St. Gall was founded there in 747 and when its library was established in the 9th century, St. Gallen became an academic and cultural center. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site. By the Middle Ages, the city was also well known for the production of fine linens and textiles and it continues to be a provider of exquisite fabric and embroidery today. Read more