The French Nativity

When I travelled over to the French Riviera last winter, I didn’t expect to be spending an afternoon looking at nativity scenes – but I am so pleased that I did. High up in the hills, an easy 30 minute drive from Nice, is the village of Lucéram, a medieval perched village which in 1988,…

The story of the Christmas Tree

It has to be said, I love a good Christmas Tree.  It brings a joy to my heart with the anticipation of Christmas and the start of a new, better year beyond. I was a little hazy on the origins of the Christmas tree however. It’s a northern Europe tradition, said my brother, and so…

Basel’s most stylish Christmas tree …

From a recent trip to Basel, Switzerland, the home of culture and artistic finesse, I discovered one of the most innovative Christmas trees I have ever seen.  Found at Les Garecons, the gastronomic enclave at the German Railway Station, it is made of recycled plastic bottles, filled with coloured liquid and in the evening, it…