Author Archive for: ‘Gayle’

  • Bird-Watching in the Netherlands

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    Millions of people the world over identify themselves as bird-watchers. I certainly enjoyed bird-watching while on board the steel-hulled boat we rented to cruise the lakes and canals of Friesland in the north of the Netherlands. Friesland and the neighboring area of Overijssel are known …

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  • Handmade Swiss Cheese

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    High in the Swiss Alps above the town of Grindelwald is a hamlet called Alpiglen, where my husband and I came upon a cheese hut. Cheese huts in the Swiss Alps are earthy cabins where industrious people spend the summer months making artisan Swiss cheese …

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  • Swiss Chocolate Frogs

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    I’m having trouble forgiving American chocolate makers for not taking chocolate to the sensory peaks I have experienced in Switzerland. Yes, I know most cows in the US don’t get to eat wildflowers all day in Alpine splendor. I also know we don’t have the …

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  • French Wine with Cookies Improves the Appetite

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    Who ever heard of drinking fine French wine with cookies? I hadn’t until my husband and I found ourselves in Sancerre, France. There we were introduced to the croquet de Sancerre, a twice-baked almond cookie best described as a French biscotto. This small, deliciously crunchy …

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  • The Wind in Our Beer

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    On a warm, cloudy day one May, my husband and I were exploring an absolutely out-of-the-way, non-touristy Dutch village in Friesland, a region in the north of the Netherlands. Our trajectory from the canal where we left our boat was unquestionably toward the slowly revolving …

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  • A Yodeling Serenade in Switzerland

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    While having lunch in Bern, Switzerland, last June, we expected to enjoy the cobblestone streets and 15th-century terraced buildings near the café. We expected to savor the food—we had ordered an Alpine specialty called käseschnitte, which is bread sprinkled with white wine, covered with ham, …

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  • Historic Music Continues to Move Us

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    Throughout history, young female musicians have generally not had access to the large and celebrated organs in the churches and cathedrals of Western Europe and North America. On my vacation last summer in Geneva, Switzerland, I was stunned to see that times are changing. After …

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  • Free Geography Lesson Plan

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    Teach your students the names and locations of the countries of Central Asia with this free geography lesson plan. This lesson is appropriate for students in grades 4 through 12.

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  • Library Subsidy Program: Second Bottom Line

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    Big subsidies for small libraries. World Trade Press is committed to serving the library community by providing high-quality, affordable electronic resources.

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