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- Scratching the Cobblestone Surface in Mechelen 1 week ago We’re just back from a quick scouting expedition to the deceptively handsome historic town of Mechelen, Belgium, an hour’s flight north of our Geneva home. Outwardly civilized and friendly, its streets lined with ornate buildings from the 16th, 17thand 18thcenturies, Mechelen’s center...
- Is this really Switzerland's oldest town? 2 months ago The town of Chur in Canton Graubünden, says it's the oldest in Switzerland. But that all depends on your definition of "town," as archaeologists explained for my story on swissinfo. And how does Chur's age compare to the city that's widely accepted as one of the world's oldest? Not in question...
- My Swiss Story 6 months ago My self-interview for "My Swiss Story" at my favorite Swiss online newspaper, Le News.
- Switzerland: Four Official Languages, an Unofficial Fifth, Lots of Translators 7 months ago With a population of only 8.3 million, Switzerland has four official languages and that pushy unofficial fifth. And so too do we have lots of professional translators with opinions about the spread of English.
- Poetry Found 9 months ago We were wheeling along a neighborhood boardwalk this Monday afternoon and came upon a little table piled with poetry, and two gentlemen offering to read to us and everyone. Claude Thébert reads poems from "Aller Simple" by Erri De Luca. Lionel Brady reads Verlaine. Claude reads Greek...
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