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  • ALPS Extreme 3-Season
    The all-around best tent for SoCal Camping
    What's the difference between laying in a field and camping? One essential product, arguably the most important part of anybody's camping setup — a tent.Tents can cost hundreds and, for some 4-season beasts, thousands of dollars. But...
  • Missing climber's frozens body discovered on mountain 32 years after he went missing.
    Climber 32 years missing: Frozen body on mountain since 1982 found by hikers
    A missing climber has been found on top of the mountain he set out to hike and then ski back down in 1982. Hikers scaling Mont Blanc in the Alps came across the frozen remains of Patrice Hyvert and notified authorities, according to the Huffington...
  • Eating out in the French Alps
    Eating out in the French Alps
    Skiing holidays in the Les Trois Vallées and Espace Killy resorts of French Savoy are not complete without fine dining experiences and there is certainly no shortage of choice. Here are twelve of the best.Val ThorensLa Laiterie – a cozy,...
  • Skiing the Matterhorn Region
    Mad about the Matterhorn
    It's the most famous and iconic peak in Switzerland: The mighty Matterhorn. Pyramid-shaped, isolated and powerful, it rules over the storybook village of Zermatt and its surrounding, snow-draped valley with a mystic presence. No wonder it'...
  • Cross nude hiking in Switzerland off of your list
    Cross nude hiking in Switzerland off of your list
    If your bucket list includes hiking nude in the Alps, forget it. The highest court in Switzerland recently ruled that authorities can fine anyone who decides to stroll the mountains naked.By a vote of three to two, the federal Supreme Court tossed...
  • Lake Tergernsee
    Travel snapshot: Lake Tegernsee
    Although much of German Bavaria is idyllic and picturesque, Lake Tegernsee is one of the most postcard-worthy destinations in the state. About 30 miles southeast of Munich, the lake is surrounded by the Alps, which are capped with snow much of the...
  • Springtime in Stockholm
    Rick Steves' Europe: Travel events and classes via Europe Through the Back Door
    One of the many items on my travel bucket list is to go on a Rick Steves' trip. Although I'm not big on group travel, I've been a fan of Rick's since he started his Europe Through the Back Door guide book series. I own his books...
  • An Italian Winter Holiday
    An Italian Winter Holiday
    Italy is famous for its scrumptious cuisine and spectacular coastline, but few realize that this charming boot-shaped European country also boasts some of the most spectacular ski resorts on the continent. Hidden away in Italy’s far northern...
  • Geneva
    Ski season getting a late start in Europe
    The upcoming forecast for numerous European countries brings good news for skiers and snowboarders: snow, finally. Europe has been experiencing atypical weather for this time of year and the opening day for many of the popular ski resorts has been...
  • American Dream Vacation
    American Dream: Luxury vacation escapes to the mountains, beach, and islands
    Today's American dream involves an escape from everyday concerns. With negativity infringing on us from all directions, the true luxury of today is a serene vacation. Whether you're strolling in the Swiss Alps, along the beaches of...
  • Hiking Zugspitz - against all odds
    Hiking Zugspitz - against all odds
    This whole story started at a friend's birthday party. Over cocktails we were telling stories about prior trips and tours until at one point the idea was born: let's go on a hike to Zugspitz summit!Only two weeks later we were standing at...
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    Green travel on a snowy white mountaintop
    A mountaintop might be the last place you would expect to find traffic congestion, but if you lived in one of the six countries sharing the European Alps, that’s exactly what you were faced with. The countries of Switzerland, Austria,...
  • Villa e Palazzo Aminta
    Lake Maggiore: Jewel of the Italian lakes
    Lake Maggiore, or Lago di Maggiore, located on the south side of the Alps is an exquisite travel destination. The most popular resorts are on the western part of the lake, including the pristine town of Stresa lined with beautiful villas and...
  • 20 years of drilling breaks through for world’s longest tunnel
    20 years of drilling breaks through for world’s longest tunnel (Photos, Video)
    Switzerland – It is a $10 billion tunnel and a project that has been 60 years in the making.Today Swiss officials declared it a day of joy as they celebrated a breakthrough for the remaining 8,200 feet which makes this the world’s...
  • Gotthard tunnel completed
    Swiss Gotthard tunnel completed
    Drilling that completed today at the Gotthard tunnel in the Swiss Alps was met with celebration not only by the workers, but by the nation of Switzerland. Now completed, its 35 mile length makes it the longest tunnel int the world.The $10 billion...