MOUNTAIN HOPPING at Brücke 49, Vals, Switzerland

Vals is a mountain village that sits snug in the deep verdant valley in Grisons (Graubünden) some 1250m above sea level. A natural beauty, the Jurassic landscapes carved by the glaciers never ceases to entertain the eye. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Ski Holiday Just Went Underground

There’s no escaping that inevitable question on any ski holiday: What do you do when you’re not on the slopes? It’s certainly a dilemma that falls into the category that a dear friend of mine calls — with all due gratitude for being lucky enough to have  this kind — “posh problems”, but a question to be answered nonetheless. If cozy chairs near flickering fires still hold their appeal, but this year you find yourself dreaming of something slightly less usual, it’s time to take your holiday down-time underground. Into Bad Gastein’s healing caves.

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MOUNTAIN HOPPING at Le Chalet Zannier, Megève, France

Inspired by a Baroness of the famous Rothschild family a century ago, the Haute-Savoie village of Megève, just an hour from Geneva, is a suave French ski resort that marries both original 13th century Gallic ambience and glamorous sophistication near the Mont-Blanc in the French Rhône-Alpes region.

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Skiing in Alta Badia

As The New York Times, The Guardian, and international travel sections begin to fill up with articles about winter getaways, we’re going to throw our recommendation into the mix. Tried and true, Alta Badia, on the border of Austria and Italy, offers unparalleled winter sports, relaxation, and cuisine.

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Imagine a design tradeshow where you can meet the designers in person…

Stefan Scholten & Carole Baijings with the first casting of the synthetic wheel in Vincent de Rijk’s workshop in Rotterdam/Photography Inga Powilleit

…and buy their products on the spot. Better yet, imagine a design tradeshow that takes place at a carefully selected central location that reflects the design culture of the city, far from soulless trade halls.

For all of you design-savvy readers unfamiliar with blickfang, prepare to be impressed.

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