Review of Restaurant Storchen la cuisine, Schoenenwerd, between Olten & Aarau/Switzerland


French cuisine with a twist – a retro approach

Restaurant la cuisine is the place at Hotel Storchen in the Swiss Mittelland where upscale French food, modernly inspired, is on offer. In the following, I will go into the re-design of this dining-spot which involves a retro approach in terms of furnishing and food: some nostalgic dishes are completed in front of the diners on a historic kitchen pass stemming from a renowned five-star hotel. In such a way, having a meal becomes a special experience. Together with an immaculate service and with good value for money, this restaurant – awarded 14 points by Gault-Millau – is one of the better places in the area to go as fine food lover.


Skiing in style in Zermatt/Switzerland


Ski-in/ski-out in one of the best & biggest ski resorts worldwide

The annual ski vacation has been an important marker in my family as long as I can think of. When I was a child, we used to go into the mountains to spend a week skiing every year. This tradition was continued after being married and having a family of my own. Whereas in earlier days we always chose a Swiss ski resort for this purpose, we headed to the Austrian Alps instead the last decade or so because of some not so good experiences made in Switzerland. This year, we decided to give the Swiss Alps a try after all. After spending ten years in the same mountain hotel in Austria – see here


A California trip along the coast, third stop Cambria


Where to stay & eat and what to do when traveling in style

On our trip along the Californian Coast from north to south my husband and I left northern California (Mendocino, San Francisco hotels/restaurants/activities) behind us and reached Cambria, a picturesque village in Central California, situated midway between San Francisco & Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1).


A California road trip along the coast, second stop San Francisco III (activities)

How to walk & explore the City by the Bay in 4 days

After giving tips where to stay and where to eat as travelers in San Francisco appreciating the finer things in life, there is no way around mentioning some worthwhile things to do. I am sure that you are able to name at least a few of the well-known landmarks of the city but it does not harm to recall some of them. In addition,


Review of Restaurant National da Sergio, Olten/Switzerland


My long-time favorite amongst local restaurants is back

I had been a regular at Restaurant Felsenburg in Olten for almost 40 years. This long-time local favorite featuring an upscale Italian-French cuisine never ceased to amaze me with its delicious dishes – see my review and my obituary – and I was very sad when this establishment closed down end of February 2017. Then came the news in September that the popular dining-spot would be reopened in a new


A California road trip along the coast, second stop San Francisco II (restaurants)

8 great restaurants for foodies in the City by the Bay

In my last post about San Francisco I informed about 3 recommended hotels to stay when traveling in style and choosing a location away from the Union Square district for reasons explained there. Now, I want to advise on restaurants to go when visiting this city and putting emphasis on gourmet


A California road trip along the coast, second stop San Francisco (hotels)


Which location & hotel to choose when traveling in style in the City by the Bay

San Francisco is by no doubt one of the most scenic cities in the west if not the United States! It is big when it comes to its offerings – think of its hilly terrain, liberal views, diverse architecture styles, beautiful landmarks and of course its unique climate. It is also nick-named Fog City and I can confirm this from previous visits. I had read that is very


A California road trip along the coast, first stop Mendocino


Where to stay & eat and what to do on a trip in style

For our 8th (!) visit to the Golden State my husband and I decided to concentrate (once again) on the beautiful coastal area. This time we traveled from north to south. The starting point was Mendocino and the final destination was Laguna Beach south of Los Angeles in the Orange County. We included also a side trip to Palm Springs east of


Review of Hotel Chateau de Germigney, Port-Lesney in French Jura/France


Lovely property in a cute village in the region of Jura

In case you are looking for a hotel to enjoy a romantic weekend in the eastern part of France offering a wonderful setting, impeccable facilities, a great hospitality and outstanding food, do not look further. Chateau de Germigney in the French Jura, about a 2 hours’ drive from Geneva/Switzerland, is your choice! The area is beautiful