After living in, and traveling throughout Western Europe for six months I find myself constantly reminded of ways in which Europe still lives in the shadow of World War II.  In some ways it’s very passive, such as a yearly paid holiday in France to mark V-E day. Sometimes you have to look for it, like … Continue reading Margraten

Mont Tendre

Iconic to Switzerland are the Alps with their sheer snow-capped peaks rising throughout the southeast of the country.  Lesser known are the Jura mountains with rounded tree covered tops running the length of the French border.  The second highest peak in the range is Mont Tendre at 1,679 m (5,509 ft); just 13.5 miles from our apartment it dominates the view … Continue reading Mont Tendre