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Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) – this is a ski resort in northern Italy. It’s part of the Dolomiti Superski area, which encompasses the Falzarego Pass, with its downhill runs. Sites from the 1956 Winter Games held in Cortina include the Ice Stadium, the Eugenio Monti bobsleigh run and the disused ski jump Trampolino Olimpico Italia. The […]

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Chamonix

Chamonix (France) — Chamonix is like the holy land, and the holy grail of all ski resorts. The resort stretches for over 10 miles, offering a diverse array of topography. Jagged peaks, richly rewarding hiking trails, four ski areas, and one of the best places in the world to experience a skiing adventure. Pro skiers […]

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Bond World 007 exhibit

Bond World 007 exhibit (Mürren, Switzerland) – this is a Swiss mountain village at the foot of the Schilthorn peak, which is accessible by cable car. Featured in the James Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (when actor George Lazenby played 007), the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant contains the Bond World 007 exhibit and […]

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Bolzano

Bolzano (Italy) – this is a city in the South Tyrol province of north Italy, set in a valley amid hilly vineyards. It’s a gateway to the Dolomites mountain range in the Italian Alps. In the medieval city center, the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology features the Neolithic mummy called Ötzi the Iceman. Nearby is […]

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Bellagio

Bellagio (Italy) – nicknamed the “most beautiful town in Italy”, this is a village on a promontory jutting out into Lake Como, in Italy. It’s known for its cobbled lanes, elegant buildings and Villa Serbelloni Park, an 18th-century terraced garden with lake views. Nearby are the Tower of the Arts, a venue for exhibitions and […]

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Annecy

Annecy (France) – this is an alpine town in southeastern France, where Lake Annecy feeds into the Thiou River. It’s known for its Vieille Ville (old town), with cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-colored houses. Overlooking the city, the medieval Château d’Annecy, once home to the Counts of Geneva, contains a museum with regional artifacts […]

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Westside

Westside (Riedbachstrasse 100, Bern) – this is an exciting place to be with international flair. Westside is the new city gate to Bern, a stylish place for everyone to shop, dwell, enjoy and relax. There are 55 retailers, 10 restaurants (from Asian to Mediterranean cuisine), an 11-screen theater, a 4-star hotel, and even the Bernaqua […]

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Wankdorf Center

Wankdorf Center (Papiermühlestrasse 85, Bern) – this Bern area shopping center has over 36 specialty shops and a Coop megastore –offering a wide selection of fresh products, fashion, sports and electronics, top location and exciting and diverse events.

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Rue du Docteur Paccard

Rue du Docteur Paccard (Chamonix, France) – since visitors treat Chamonix as the gateway to the French Alps, there are various retailers found on this main boulevard that cater to skiers and other outdoor sports types. Among the retailers found here are: Patagonia (well-known for reducing their impact on the environment while still producing technical […]

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Palace Galerie

Palace Galerie (Via Serlas, St. Moritz, Switzerland) – this is shortest and highest luxury shopping street in the world. At least 27 upscale retailers are found here, such as Armani, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Cartier, Harry Winston, and many others.