We Swiss are a slightly quirky, somewhat withdrawn mountain folk who successfully turned a rocky wilderness with the worldwide highest density of four-thousand-meter peaks into a leading location for business. A rather improbable achievement. So how did we manage it? An attempt at an explanation. Read More
The pocket knife has always been very versatile. Although originally only intended to replace the dagger, people quickly noticed that it could be used to cut wood, castrate boars, pluck chickens and sew sacks of potatoes. In Italy it was hung over the marital bed as the “coltello d’amore”, so the groom was under no illusions what to expect if he didn’t take monogamy as seriously as expected. Read More
The area was even once voted the Swiss countryside of the year. Which brought with it a bit of notoriety – but only for a short period of time. As always, when it comes to the Valle di Muggio, some might say. Yet, the valley is the undisputed insider tip among Ticino’s mountain valleys, hidden away in Ticino’s southernmost corner, largely intact, very beautiful indeed. And with a very flavour-intensive cheese that is as authentic as the valley itself. Read More
Although making sweeping statements, or being full of “hot air” as we say, isn’t perhaps very Swiss, we often have the feeling that the rest of the world only recognises the air pockets in our most famous dairy export and is happy to refer to just about every cheese with holes as Emmentaler. Read More
It was night-time over the Atlantic, on a red-eye flight from New York to London, and Alessandro Merga (27) would have loved to have stopped the plane right where it was – the night sky was crystal clear and the Milky Way was too beautiful to be true.