Discovering the Ancient Guilds of Zurich

The streets of Zurich are full of flags. Not just Swiss flags, with their distinctive white crosses and red backgrounds. But there are others with apparently random designs: a camel, some scissors, or a pair of scales. These images appear in other places too, on the...

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Vaduz Then and Now: A Personal Pilgrimage

In 1930 my grandfather, a keen amateur photographer, wrote an article for the Kodak Magazine about his trip to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. As a teenager I listened to him reminiscing about the “snowy mountains”, and I’ve been intrigued by this tiny...

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The Historic Houses of Alamo Square, San Francisco

One of the pleasures of San Francisco is its historic architecture. Of course, the city is full of the impressive modern buildings that you’d expect in any American city. However there are also rows of well preserved Victorian houses. They seem to be everywhere, on...

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City of Troy: The Dalby Turf Maze

The Dalby Turf Maze, in a remote part of North Yorkshire, may be one of the oldest turf mazes in England. Or it could be a relative newcomer, dating back only to the 19th century. Like all of England’s remaining turf mazes, its history and origins are mysterious and...

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