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Beauty In The Alps: Best Places To Visit In Switzerland

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Beauty In The Alps: Best Places To Visit In Switzerland

One of the most visited holiday destinations in the world, Switzerland is home to beautiful landscapes, active volcanoes, snowy mountains, and glistening lakes. Skiing, along with other winter sports like hang gliding, hiking, biking, and climbing make Switzerland the busy tourist destination it is. There is no particular time to visit Switzerland, as the country is enjoyable throughout the year offering different activities. Also suitable for a laid back vacation, there are many places to visit in Switzerland. You can dive into the historic districts or take a train up the mountain or gorge on delicious chocolate. 

Places To Visit In Switzerland

1. Beauties From The Past: Lucerne 

Winter-night composition of Lucerne/Luzern (Switzerland) skyline seen from Seebrucke, with the famous Chapel Bridge, the City-Hall Tower and Lucerne waterfront. On a hill in the foreground Chateau de Guetsch is visible. Winter, overcast evening
Lucerne, Switzerland

With the Alps in the background, the stunning city of Lucerne is popular because of its medieval Altstadt (Old Town) and Kapellbrücke, a 14th century Chapel Bridge made of wood. Lucerne is a buzzing city that offers ethereal views of Lake Lucerne. Local delicacies like the Luzerner Chügelipastete, made of mushroom, cream sauce, and veal, make Lucerne more enjoyable. Other attractions in Lucerne include the Water Tower, Swiss Transport museum, and Dying Lion. Lucerne is also famous for its festivals and music concerts making it one of the places to visit in Switzerland. 

2. Where Einstein Lived: Bern

Bern, Switzerland
Bern, Switzerland

The medieval past of the city places Bern among the places to visit in Switzerland. The Old Town in Bern also called the Altstadt, is a UNESCO Heritage Site because of its 12th century structures. Also the capital city, Bern is famous for an astronomical clock with puppets called Zytglogge. It is believed that while coming up with his Theory of Relativity, Einstein studied this very clock. More attractions include Zentrum Paul Klee, Kunstmuseum, Einstein Haus, and Museum. Bern’s music scene is also very vibrant with Summer and Winter Jazz festivals and other festivals like the Gurten festival making the city a very exciting place to visit. 

3. Where The Money And Museums Are: Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland

One of the most famous and the largest cities in Switzerland, Zurich is the business capital. Zurich is filled with thriving locations like the Old Town, Zurich Opera House, Uetliberg, Paradeplatz, and more. The city is adorned with natural attractions like Lake Zurich, the Chinese Garden, and more. The city also overflows with culture and has many museums like the Swiss National Museum, Kunsthaus Zurich and Money Museum and churches like Grossmunsterand St Peter’s Church with a great legacy attached to them. The city also offers some of the best restaurants and shopping areas like Bahnhofstrasse. 

4. Between Countries: Lake Geneva

Geneva city and Lake Geneva in winter
Geneva city and Lake Geneva

Among the mighty Alps, Lake Geneva lies on the border of Switzerland and France. Tourist cities of Geneva, Lausanne and Montreux lie on the Swiss side of the lake. In the north, Lake Geneva is also surrounded by the Jura mountains that give tourists a lot of hiking, skiing, and trekking options. You can take regular boats to enjoy the lake but travelling on a cruise is recommended. 

5. Take The Ride To The Elevation Of 2033 Metres: St Moritz

Mountain lake, St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz, Switzerland

A natural treasure, St Moritz is surrounded by glaciers, forests, 25 mountain lakes and peaks like Piz Surlej, Piz Rosatsch, Piz della Margna and Piz Corvatsch. They are most well known for outdoor activities and winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. What makes it one of the best places to visit in Switzerland is the Glacier Express that runs between St Moritz and Zermatt. The ride goes through deep valleys, mountains, gorges, crosses 291 bridges and lasts seven hours. The train travels up to an elevation of 2,033 metres. Other attractions include St Moritz Lake, Engadine Museum and Silvaplana. 

6. Green Everywhere: Geneva

Street view of Geneva’s City Center in winter.

One of the most expensive cities to live in Europe, Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland. The city was the centre of the Swiss Reformation and has a strong history. Some of the most visited tourist attractions are Jet d’Eau, Temple de Saint-Pierre, Jardin Botanique and more. The city has an abundance of green spaces as 20 per cent of Geneva is made up of parks. Geneva also has spectacular views of Lake Geneva and promenades. This is also where the International Red Cross and the United Nations’ European Headquarters have their homes. 

7. Train Ride Up The Glacier: Jungfrau

Sphinx Observatory, Jungfrau Plateau, Top of Europe, Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Sphinx Observatory, Jungfrau Plateau, Top of Europe, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

One of the best places to visit in Switzerland, Jungfrau has four towns namely Grindelwald, Murren, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen. Situated in the Alps, the entire region was not very accessible in the past but now the railway networks and biking and walking paths have made travelling to Jungfrau easy. The train ride called the Jungfraubahn starts from the Kleine Scheidegg peak, passes the Eiger and Mönch, and goes till Jungfraujoch. The highest railway station in Europe, Jungfraujoch is home to Great Aletsch Glacier, the longest in Europe. You can indulge in skiing, explore the Ice Palace (Eispalast), and visit different peaks. 

8. Home To One Of The Highest Peaks: Zermatt

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Zermatt Valley and Matterhorn Peak Switzerland

Another town famous for skiing, the Matterhorn towers over Zermatt. The town has great views and has ice-climbing in winter and hiking in the summer. The Matterhorn, one of the highest mountains in Switzerland, attracts crowds to Zermatt. It is among the places to visit in Switzerland because it is ideal for winter sports with altitudes like 2,500 and 3,900 metres. The city is also car-free where vehicles fuelled by gasoline are not allowed. 

Country For All

Home to various snow-capped mountains, glaciers, lakes, and international resorts, the best places to visit in Switzerland offer a wide range of activities and views. Along with modern galleries and cafes there are historic quarters in the country. Other places to visit in Switzerland include the Swiss National Park, Lugano, Interlaken, Lausanne, and more. 

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Pelosi: ‘Americans Celebrate the Beauty, Bravery and Vibrancy of Our Cherished LGBTQ Communities’

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, June 28, 2015. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Tuesday—the beginning of LGBTQ Pride Month—to express her commitment to serving the LGBTQ community in the United States.

“Every June, Americans celebrate the beauty, bravery and vibrancy of our cherished LGBTQ communities and commemorate the remarkable progress our nation has made toward full equality,” Pelosi said.

“Tragically, hatred and bigotry still linger today: an alarming wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation is sweeping statehouses across the nation, while transgender women of color are suffering rising violence in our communities,” said Pelosi.

“As these dark forces threaten to erode our hard-won progress, we cannot relent until our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors can live with safety, dignity and pride,” she said.

“Pelosi Statement on LGBTQ Pride Month

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month:

“‘Every June, Americans celebrate the beauty, bravery and vibrancy of our cherished LGBTQ communities and commemorate the remarkable progress our nation has made toward full equality.  Just five decades ago, proud activists at the Stonewall Inn boldly rejected centuries of hatred and persecution in a moment that changed America and, indeed, the world.  During Pride Month, we carry on what began in the streets of New York City, proudly marching to demand an end to bigotry and to advance the cause of justice.

“‘Our nation has taken important strides toward full equality, thanks to generations of leaders and activists who rallied support for the gay community during the HIV/AIDS crisis, passed protections against discrimination and hate crimes, defeated the appalling ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, secured the right to marriage equality and more.  Tragically, hatred and bigotry still linger today: an alarming wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation is sweeping statehouses across the nation, while transgender women of color are suffering rising violence in our communities.  As these dark forces threaten to erode our hard-won progress, we cannot relent until our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors can live with safety, dignity and pride.

“‘That is why, in February, the Democratic House once again passed the landmark Equality Act, which must become law.  The House salutes President Biden and Vice President Harris for their leadership, ensuring that LGBTQ Americans are protected against discrimination under the Civil Rights Act, ending the shameful ban on transgender service members, working to protect transgender youth and stopping anti-LGBTQ discrimination in our health care system.  This Pride Month, let us recommit ourselves to finally realizing our nation’s founding creed: that all are equal.’”

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Dolly Parton on New Fragrance, Going Into Beauty – WWD

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Two years after signing a licensing deal with IMG, multihyphenate entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton is making her first plays in beauty.

In her first bid for the beauty consumer, Parton — who has had a busy year, from funding coronavirus vaccine research to the opening of Dollywood, her theme park in Tennessee — is introducing Dolly — Scent From Above, her first fragrance line in partnership with Scent Beauty.

The fragrance line includes two eau de parfums, which will launch on HSN on July 28; a body cream; an eau de toilette, and a body mist in Walmart, Walgreens, Scent Beauty’s website and an Instagram store. Prices range from $40 to $65; industry sources think the range will surpass $40 million in sales during its first year at retail.

Fragrance made perfect sense for her first beauty product, Parton told WWD, given her own relationship with scent. “When I signed my branding deal with IMG, I thought, ‘I’m going to start with perfume.’ Everybody has always told me how good I smell,” Parton said. “I felt like a mad scientist trying to find the right combination, but we did and it took us about two years. I’m going to be doing wigs and accessories and makeup.”

Scent Beauty’s licensing deal with Parton was a coup for the company, which is optimistic about the line’s performance — and its tailored approach to distribution. “Dolly Parton is a cultural icon that’s resonating with Americans and people all over the world — she’s cross-generational,” said Steve Mormoris, chief executive officer of Scent Beauty. “Given this broad appeal and icon status, we decided to not pursue any one channel, but to have a broad-base distribution strategy from luxury channels to mass.”

HSN shared Mormoris’ enthusiasm. “As an admired musical icon and adored philanthropist with her endless contributions spanning over several decades, we are excited to add Dolly’s fragrance to our portfolio and share her inspirational story with our customers,” Bridget Love, general merchandising manager, vice president of beauty merchandising, QVC and HSN, said in an email.

Mormoris added that Scent is eyeing other categories, such as hair mists and home fragrances, for expansion, and will be sold internationally as well.

Parton has more products in mind, too. “I’m going to be doing wigs, and accessories and makeup,” she said. “I’m going to hopefully create a scent for the men in my life, too. Although Dolly — Scent from Above smells so good, I think the boys will want to wear it.”

Although Parton and Scent Beauty are casting a wide net with the distribution strategy, Parton is still making the process her own. “I actually wrote a song for it, called Sent From Above,” Parton said. “I don’t think that Liz Taylor ever wrote songs [for her perfume].”

“I think I’ll have a fun time promoting it and enjoy getting out there and talking about it,” Parton continued. “I really want to see how people respond to it.”

She has no plans to slow down, either in or out of beauty. “I’m working on a lot of new music and some fun, exciting things at the end of the year,” she said. “I’m working on different projects, but right now I’m occupied with hawking my goods.”

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Exquisite Oil Paintings Capture the Beauty of Cloudy Skies

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Exquisite Oil Paintings Capture the Beauty of Cloudy Skies

Exquisite Oil Paintings Capture the Beauty of Cloudy Skies

Cloud Paintings by Ksenya Verse

Looking at one of Ksenya Verse‘s paintings is a good reminder to look at the sky more often. The Arizona-based artist captures the nebulous forms of clouds and their numerous colors in her exquisite oil paintings.

Originally from Russia, Verse moved to Arizona at the age of 19 to “broaden her visual and cultural perspectives.” There, she fell in love with the striking landscape of the American Southwest, finding particular fascination with the uninterrupted horizons, dramatic cloud formations, and shimmering bodies of water. “My work is all about the innate connection between the external sky and our internal emotions,” she explains on her website.

Verse creates her mutable clouds by layering different colors in soft, rounded shapes, and by emphasizes light and shadow. This connection to the sun and how it affects the appearance of the clouds is what brings the amorphous shapes to life. In addition, the artist uses composition to accentuate the size of her cloud formations by taking up most of the space with the sky and leaving the landscape as a thin strip at the bottom of the panel.

You can purchase original artwork via Verse’s website, and learn more about her painting process by following the artist on Instagram.

Arizona-based artist Ksenya Verse creates exquisite paintings of cloudy skies.

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