City Tour Tip

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This tip is short and sweet, but powerful.  Whenever touring a city regardless of what continent you are on, don’t forget to look up.  We typically focus our gaze on the ground or in front of us, but I promise you, if you look up you will see incredible details engraved into buildings.  Architecture that surprises you, colors that burst into sight, intricacies and sculptures, a whole other world awaits if you just look up.

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winter can be tough.  Many of us would rather stay indoors away from the rain and cold temperatures, cozy in our homes, but when you have children, staying indoors all day simply isn’t an option.  If you are looking for a beautiful exhibit that the entire family will enjoy, then don’t miss the beautiful Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit currently on display at the Natural History Museum of Basel.

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This child–friendly museum houses live bugs, microscopes for hands-on discovery, large dinosaur skeletons, a woolly mammoth and a great deal of other opportunities to keep children occupied.  The top floor is currently home to some spectacular images shot from professional and novice photographers from around the globe.  Children will be inspired by the gorgeous images of animals, natural landscapes and might even be keen to take – up photography when they see the child section on display profiling budding artists.  There is one section that shows man vs. animals, which provides graphic images of how man uses/abuses animals. This section can easily be skipped over if one finds the images too disturbing, or better yet, may just provide a wonderful opportunity to teach children compassion and kindness.

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The exhibit will be on display until April 3, 2016.

Address: Augustinergasse 2, 4051 Basel
Hours: Closed Monday     Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission –Museum Pass Accepted or CHF Adults CHF 7 and Youth/Students – CHF 5
1st Sunday of the month – Free Admission -I believe the last hour of museum operation  is open free of charge under their “happy hour” admission.

The Year in Pictures

The best way to summarize our year is through images.  We were grateful to make the most of another year by seeing some pretty incredible places in this vast world.  Feeling very grateful and indeed blessed!

Landskron Castle, France

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Snowshoeing Adventure, Switzerland

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Basler Fasnacht

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Toulouse, France

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Sardinia, Italy

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Merian Gärtens, Basel, Switzerland

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Brand, Austria

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Melchsee Frutt, Switzerland

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Trift, Switzerland

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Grimselwelt, Switzerland

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Norway

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Engstlenalp, Switzerland

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Engelberg, Switzerland

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Morschach, Switzerland

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Weggis, Switzerland

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and here’s to getting out there and making the most of this incredible life!

Holiday Gift Giving – What I Know

People value thought over abundance.

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There is always someone in need. Find that person, that family, or that organization and give generously.

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No one needs another sweater. Honestly, do not buy the sweater!

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Consumable gifts are amazing. Think massages, a dinner, or breakfast out with a loved one, wine, coffee, baked goods, tea, etc.

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Amazing Meals

The gift of time is invaluable.

 Give experiences as gifts as opposed to tangible objects. Experiences will be remembered long after those socks have worn out.

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While I love the idea of supporting charities, don’t forget those charities need support throughout the year. After working for non-profits, I learned first – hand that we were often inundated with gifts, donations and money during the holidays and forgotten the rest of the year. Grateful as we were, giving at different times throughout the year is also a beautiful thing.

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Lake Luzern

Over consumption is never a good thing, especially for: young children, our wallets, our souls and certainly wrecks havoc on the environment.

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Truly being present is the greatest gift of all.

Teaching our children the power of giving is ever so important.

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There is no greater gift than sharing the holidays with loved ones gathered close, delicious smells filling a house that is warmed by a fire.  Bliss!

Happy Holidays to everyone!