Have Your Say
Aurora checks herself out in the mirror in the Chalet Hotel room before going on stage. MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Aurora checks .. Then that guy will think it's OK for the next girl. And it's not. You're giving the rest of the girls a bad ...
May 4, 2014
Ready, steady, snow: get set for the new ski season
Stay at Chalet Bruson, a converted 18th-century mazot, from £854 room only, mybruson.ch Unsurprisingly, it looks like the inside of a cuckoo clock, with springs as seat bases, cogs and clock faces as tables, pendulums swinging on the wall. Tables ...
October 2, 2013
Family trip of a lifetime
A cuckoo entertained us with its clock-like call as we walked through a larch forest. A hostess in Trient, A few days later we'd leave the stone architecture of Italy's mountain buildings for Switzerland, where colorful geraniums highlighted ...
September 16, 2012
How's the weather up there? All aboard the flying Scotsman
Snowy peaks, lush green slopes stretching for miles down to Gruyeres and its Cinderella schloss. A smaller American balloon does not judge the ridge quite as well, though, and seems to prang a tree on the way over, which sends his basket swinging like ...
January 25, 2008
Kimberley goes cuckoo
Even the young girl who has just put a quarter in the clock and has been waiting patiently for its tiny wooden door to swing open seems ready to give up and head for the hills. Suddenly "They say we have the biggest cuckoo clock in the world, but ...
December 8, 2007
So what’s going through Aurora’s mind as her driver, another former exotic dancer named Chelsea, tries in vain to find a parking spot. A biting March wind only exacerbates a temperature hovering around -20 C. Yet Aurora, who wears only a fishnet wrap over a bra top and leather shorts, is oblivious. After all, she has already made a couple stops in her "jamming session" — an only-in-Winnipeg phenomenon for dancers that goes back almost 50 years — and has seven more gigs to go. Her final show won’t be finished until after midnight. Now, though, Aurora frantically fishes around in her purse, as her 5 p. m. showtime fast approaches, before finally locating the CD of her music — inside a DVD case of Monsters Inc. Aurora shrugs at the irony: "Some of the DJs make fun of it, but. I don’t care," she says. A few young girls are playing pool in the back. But the "who" or "where" matters little to Aurora, who has spent her entire adult life in a business that — for all its literal exposure — operates largely in the shadows. Women like Aurora are leered at, fantasized about, marginalized and shunned. In her other life, Aurora (her real given name) has raised two children and works part-time as a health-care aide, where she performs such glamorous tasks as cleaning bed pans and washing patients. She has a long-time boyfriend who works construction.
• Elevation gain: 22,000 feet. • Highest point: 6,700 feet. • Elevation gain: 8,290 feet. • Elevation gain: 4,100 feet. • Highest point: 4,800 feet. Loop trails program Outdoors editor Rich Landers will present a program “Hiking Full Circle: The Pains and Pleasures of the Tour du Mont Blanc and other Loop Trips,” Thursday, 7 p. m. , at REI, 1125 N. Monroe. Landers has written several regional outdoor guidebooks, including “100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest. Photo gallery: See a slide show following the Landers family around the Tour du Mont Blanc. Hiking guidebooks for Mont Blanc. Two hiking guidebooks are especially useful to Tour du Mont Blanc hikers, for planning and on the trail. • “Tour of Mont Blanc,” by Kev Reynolds (Cicerone), the most commonly seen guidebook on the TMB, gives good general directions, quality maps for each day, elevation and mileage charts for the route as well as a useful list of refuges along the way... • “Tour du Mont Blanc,” by Jim Manthorpe (Trailblazer) has good general directions and descriptions, detailed pen and ink maps (several per day) plus tables at the back for camping, food shops, and other services, plus info on public transportation.
All aboard the flying Scotsman By ROBERT HARDMAN. Like me, around 20,000 people are staring straight up it to discover nothing more than a lot of hot air. The sound of amplified bagpipes is ringing round the valley and when there is finally sufficient heat beneath these vast folds of tartan, this giant piper slowly drifts off towards Mont Blanc. It's an extraordinary sight - a 156ft flying Scotsman floating over the cuckoo-clock chalets, snow-caked slopes and rocky peaks of Switzerland. This is not exactly a conventional, purse-shaped sporran, but a wicker basket containing five people plus four tanks of propane which will heat up the air to keep us aloft. From here, I see the spectators shrinking into ants as we are wafted away from the Swiss village of Chateau d'Oex and down the valley. The pretty little mountain train chuff- chuffs its way up the hill in the opposite direction. An awesome silence is broken only by the occasional roar from the propane tanks as the skipper, Muir Moffat, fires another burst of hot air into the piper's bowels. This thing would put the burn into any Burns Night party.
Use wall clocks to enhance home decor
Even today, think wall-clocks and somewhere the thought of a cuckoo clock is bound to cross your mind. Most of these clocks are made either in the shape of a birdhouse or chalet. They have a small mechanical cuckoo bird pop out of a door on the hour to ...
May 23, 2014
Keeping things ticking with the Maryland Clock Company
nautical and cuckoo clocks from the United States, England, France and Germany fill the showroom floor. Two grandmother clocks, distinguished from grandfather clocks by their “cinched waists” and shorter height, were made by the Maryland Clock Company ...
December 5, 2014
River City Bird and Well Quartz Novelty Clock - German Chalet
This chalet ... swinging couple on the pendulum. The case also has hand-painted flowers and a water-pump. The blue bird above the clock dial continuously moves back and forth as the brass pendulum beneath the clock swings. This clock does not have a cuckoo ...
December 10, 2013
That will drive you cuckoo! Curators of Swiss clock museum begin onerous task of winding them forward an hour in preparation for British Summer Time
Cuckoo clocks are typically made of wood, shaped like a chalet, and have carved leaves and braches around the edge, with a small cuckoo singing the hour. In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back 1 hour at 2am on ...
March 29, 2013
Uber Realistic Silicone Baby Mold: Cute or Creepy?
rustic chalet in the Alps. In the lobby of the Inn, facing the check-in desk, was a bassinet with a very realistic baby doll swaddled inside of it. It was just sitting there beside a magazine rack and under the requisite Cuckoo clock. I thought it was the ...
March 12, 2012
Woman may be the last in family to run Clock Manor
"I've been around clocks ... cuckoo clocks since she inherited the business when her mother, Marian, died. She estimates the inventory is worth $200,000. After more than a decade of running the specialized business on her own, Nelson, a self-described ...
January 19, 2012
1-Day Black Forest House Cuckoo Clock in Natural Finish
Chalet style. 1-day rack strike movement. Wooden cuckoo, dial with roman numerals and hands. Individual handlaid wooden shingles. Moving wood chopper and dog at every full hour. Cuckoo calls and strikes every half and full hour. Shut-off lever on left side ...
September 7, 2010