Dwight Peck's personal website

General index

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Leysin, Switzerland

American College

American College of Switzerland

Leysin village & environs

Chalet Pollux



Deirdre Peck




American College

American College of Switzerland

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

American Library of Geneva

Ramsar COP8, Spain, 2002

Ramsar COP9, Uganda, 2005

COP10, South Korea, 2008

Standing Comm., Georgia, 2010

Ramsar COP11, Romania, 2012

Ramsar COP12, Uruguay, 2015

Various Travels

Travels Index

Tunisia 1981

Scotland 1983

Turkey 1987

Scotland 1985, 1988, 1990

New Mexico 1997

Québec on a bicycle, 2001

Vienna, Austria, 2003

Gran Paradiso, Italy, 2003

Devon & Cornwall 2003

Olympic NP, Washington, 2004

Devon & Cornwall 2004

Vanoise NP, France, 2005

Uganda's Mabamba Bay 2005

Newport, Rhode Island, 2005

Devon & Cornwall 2006

Newfoundland 2006

Rome, Italy, 2006

Cinque Terre, Italy, 2007

Northern Ireland 2007

Maine, USA, 2007

Corsica hikes 2007

Back to Rome 2008

Bernese Oberland 2008

Southwestern France 2008

Southwestern France 2009

Wisconsin USA 2009

Cornwall and Devon 2009

Northern Corsica 2009

Rome 2010

Georgia 2010

Venice region 2010

Wisconsin USA 2010

Naples and Amalfi coast 2010

Florence, Pisa, Mantua, 2011

Wisconsin USA 2011

Southern Italy 2011

Northern Italy 2011

Andalucia, Southern Spain, 2011

Genoa region, Italy, 2012

Chartres, Le Mans 2012

Wisconsin USA 2012

Toledo & Madrid 2012

Sicily 2012

Ferrara & Ravenna 2013

Wisconsin USA 2013

Trento & Brescia 2013

Bologna & Modena 2014

Northern Wisconsin 2014

Aosta & the Valpelline 2014

Piemonte & Tuscany 2014

Southern France 2014

Southern Tuscany 2015

Montevideo, Uruguay 2015

Northern Wisconsin 2015

Umbria & Marche, Italy 2015

Fort Bard & Turin, Italy 2015

Parma & Emilia Romagna 2016

Sirmione, Verona, Vicenza 2016

Northern Wisconsin 2016

Viterbo, Orvieto, & Lazio 2016

Treviso, Padua in Veneto 2017

Southern Veneto, Italy, 2017

Northern Wisconsin 2017

Lisbon, Portugal, 2017

San Marino & Romagna 2017

Lodi & Lombardy sights 2018

Langhe region, Piemonte, Italy, 2018

Northern Wisconsin
and Virginia 2018

Bobbio, Mondovì in Piemonte,
Italy, 2018

Torino, Canavese district, Piemonte, Italy, 2019

Northern Wisconsin, USA,
again, 2019

The lake in northern
Wisconsin 2020

3 Kentucky visits: Carter Caves, Natural Bridge, Cumberland Falls, 2020-2021

A road trip in South and North Carolina 2021

Back to northern Wisconsin & Upper Michigan 2021

The Outer Banks of North Carolina 2022

Back to Wisconsin & Upper Michigan (& Duluth) 2022

Two weeks in Rome, Italy,

Ascoli Piceno & hilltop
villages in Marche 2022

Wisconsin Northwoods & the UP's Keweenaw Peninsula, 2023

Three weeks in Castel Gandolfo & Naples, Italy, October 2023

Back to the Northwoods for a special Xmas party, 2023



A little background

Ten Mile Stare

Physiognomy: an essay on faces

Recent events

Winter 2023-2024  
Winter 2022-2023 Summer 2023
Winter 2021-2022 Summer 2022
Winter 2020-2021 Summer 2021
Winter 2019-2020 Summer 2020
Winter 2018-2019 Summer 2019
Winter 2017-2018 Summer 2018
Winter 2016-2017 Summer 2017
Winter 2015-2016 Summer 2016
Winter 2014-2015 Summer 2015
Winter 2013-2014 Summer 2014
Winter 2012-2013 Summer 2013
Winter 2011-2012 Summer 2012
Winter 2010-2011 Summer 2011

Winter 2009-2010

Summer 2010

Winter 2008-2009

Summer 2009

Winter 2007-2008

Summer 2008

Winter 2006-2007

Summer 2007

Winter 2005-2006

Summer 2006

Winter 2004-2005

Summer 2005

Winter 2003-2004

Summer 2004

Winter 2002-2003

Summer 2003

Winter 2001-2002

Summer 2002

Winter 2000-2001

Summer 2001

Much Better Than Average Places

Towns and Cities

Acqui Terme, Piemonte, Italy

Agde, southern France

Agliè, Piemonte, Italy

Agrigento, Sicily

Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland

Aigues Mortes, France

Alba, Piemonte, Italy

Albano Laziale, Lazio, Italy

Albenga, Liguria, Italy

Alcala la Real, Jaén, Spain

Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Alhama de Granada, Spain

Allaman, Vaud, Switzerland

Altamura, Apulia, Italy

Amalfi, Salerno, Italy

Aosta, Piedmont, Italy

Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Arles, southern France

Arquà Petrarca, Italy

Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy

Ashland, Wisconsin, USA

Asolo, Veneto region, Italy

Assisi, Umbria, Italy

Asti, Piedmont, Italy

Aubonne, Vaud, Switzerland

Avenches, Switzerland

Avignon, France

Bard, Val d'Aosta, Italy

Bari, Apulia, Italy

Barletta, Apulia, Italy

Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Bassins, Vaud, Switzerland

Bastia Mondovì & the frescoes

Bastia, Corsica, France

Bayfield, Wisconsin, USA





Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, France

Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy

Bertinoro, Forlì, Italy

Besançon, Franche-Comté, France

Béziers, southern France

Biella, Piemonte, Italy

Bobbio, Emila-Romagna, Italy

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Bolsena, Lazio, Italy

Bolzano, northern Italy



Brantôme, Dordogne, France

Brescia, Lombardy, Italy



Brisighella, Emila-Romagna, Italy

Brugnello, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Bucharest, Romania

Bulle, Fribourg, Switzerland

Burano, Veneto, Italy

Calci, Tuscany, Italy

Calvi, Corsica, France

Cannobio and Lago Maggiore

Capri, Italy

Carcassonne, southwest France



Casale Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy

Castel Gandolfo, Lazio, Italy



Castelfranco Veneto, Italy

Castiglione del Lago, Italy

Castiglione Olona, Lombardy, Italy

Cefalù, Sicily, Italy

Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Chambéry, Savoie, France

Champagny-en-Vanoise, France

Changwon, South Korea

Chartres, Loire, France

Chioggia, Veneto, Italy

Cittadella, Veneto, Italy

Civita Bagnoregio, Italy

Civitella del Tronto, Italy

Colmar, Alsace, France



Comacchio, Emilia-Romagna

Como, Lombardy, Italy

Conques, southern France

Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain

Corolla, Outer Banks, NC

Corte, Corsica, France

Cortona, Tuscany, Italy

La Couvertoirade, France

Crema, Lombardy, Italy

Cremona, Lombardy, Italy

Culpeper, Virginia, USA

Cuneo, southern Piemonte, Italy

Dijon, Franche-Comté, France

Domme, Dordogne, France

Domodossola, Italy

Dubuque, Iowa, USA

Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Erice, Sicily, Italy

Escanaba, Michigan, USA

Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland

Este, Veneto, Italy

Exeter, Devon, UK

Fano, Marche region, Italy

Féchy, Vaud, Switzerland

Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Rocca di Forlimpopoli, Italy

Fossano, Piemonte, Italy



Frankenmuth, MI (Little Bavaria)



Fribourg, Switzerland

Front Royal, Virginia, USA

Gandria, Ticino, Switzerland

Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Gradara, Marche region, Italy

Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Greensboro, NC, USA



Gubbio, Umbria, Italy

Houghton, UP, Michigan, USA



Huntington, West Virginia, USA

Istanbul, Turkey

Ivrea, Piemonte, Italy

Kampala, Uganda

Kobuleti, Georgia

Le Landeron, Switzerland

Le Mans, France

Lecce, Apulia, Italy

Lerici, Liguria, Italy

Lisbon, Portugal

Locarno, Ticino, Switzerland

Lodi, Lombardy, Italy

Longiano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Lu Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy



Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lyon, Auvergne, France

Manteo, NC Outer Banks

Mantua, Lombardy, Italy

Matera, Basilicata, Italy

Mazara del Vallo, Sicily, Italy

Meyrueis, Lozère, France

Middleburg, Virginia, USA

Milan, Lombardy, Italy 2011

Milan, Lombardy, Italy 2018

Minocqua, Wisconsin, USA

Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Mondovì, Piemonte, Italy

Monselice, Veneto, Italy

Montagnana, Veneto, Italy

Montelimar, Drôme, France

Montevideo, Uruguay

Montpellier, France

Morat (Murten), Switzerland

Morges, Vaud, Switzerland

Naples, Italy



Nemi & the Lago di Nemi, Lazio, Italy



Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Novara, Piedmont, Italy

Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland

Ollon, Vaud, Switzerland

Nîmes, southern France

Occoquan, Virginia

Offida, Marche, Italy



Omegna, Piedmont, Italy

Ontonagon, Michigan, USA



Oradour-sur-Glane, France

Orange, Provence, France

Orta San Giulio, Italy

Orvieto, Umbria, Italy

Ostia Antica, Lazio, Italy

Ostuni, Apulia, Italy

Otranto, Apulia, Italy

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Padua, Veneto region, Italy

Palermo, Sicily, Italy



Palestrina, Lazio, Italy



Paris (Louvre)

Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Pavia, Lombardy, Italy

Périgueux, Dordogne, France

Perroy, Vaud, Switzerland

Perugia, Umbria, Italy

Pesaro, Marche region, Italy

Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Piazza Armerina, Sicily

Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy

Poppi, Tuscany, Italy

Prague, Czech Republic

Prato, Tuscany, Italy

Punta del Este, Uruguay

Ragusa, Sicily, Italy

Ravello, Salerno, Italy

Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ripatransone, Marche, Italy

Riva del Garda, Italy

Rocamadour, Lot, France

Rolle, Vaud, Switzerland

Romainmôtier, Switzerland

Rome, Italy

St-Céré, France

Sainte-Énimie, France

St-Flour, Auvergne, France

St-Prex, Vaud, Switzerland

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France

Salers, Auvergne, France

Saló, northern Italy

Saluzzo, Piemonte, Italy

San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy



San Leo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

San Marino

Sarlat, Dordogne, France

Sarzana, Liguria, Italy

Savigliano, Piemonte, Italy

Savona, Liguria, Italy

Scicli, Sicily, Italy

Sestri Levante & Cinque Terre, Italy

Sète, southern France

Settimo Vittone, Italy

Sevilla, Spain

Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Sintra, Portugal

Sirmione, Lombardy, Italy

Staffarda Abbey, Piedmont, Italy

Staunton, Virginia, USA

Strasbourg, France

Subiaco, Lazio, Italy

Syracuse Ortygia, Sicily

Tarquinia, Lazio, Italy

Thonon, Haute-Savoie, France

Thun, Switzerland

Toledo, Spain

Tournon-sur-Rhône, France

Trani, Puglia, Italy

Trento, northern Italy

Treviso, Veneto region, Italy

Turin, Piemonte, Italy

Urbino, Marche region, Italy



Venice, Italy

Verbania, Piemonte, Italy

Vercelli, Piemonte, Italy

Vers l'Eglise near Diablerets

Verona, Veneto, Italy

Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

Vicoforte Sanctuary, Piedmont

Vienna & Durnstein, Austria

Vignale Monferrato, Italy

Villeneuve, Vaud, Switzerland

Viterbo, Lazio, Italy

Vogogna, Piemonte, Italy

Volterra, Tuscany, Italy

Wells, Somerset, England

Winchester, Virginia, USA

Winona, Minnesota, USA

Wytheville, Virginia, USA

Yvoire, France

Zuccarello, Liguria, Italy



Zürich, Switzerland



Fortezza Medievale di Acquaviva Picenza, Italy

Acqui Terme, Castello Paleologi

Alcalá la Real, Spain


Allaman, Switzerland

Château d'Anjony, France

Forte Malatesta, Ascoli
Piceno, Marche, Italy

Fortezza Pia, Ascoli
Piceno, Italy

Fort Bard, Val d'Aosta, Italy

Castello Falletti di Barolo, Piemonte

Beynac, France



Bobbio, Castello Malaspina, Italy

Bolsena, Castello Monaldeschi

Bourdeilles, Dordogne, France

Bracciano, Castello Orsini, Italy

Brescia, Italy

Brisighella, Rocca Manfrediana, Italy

British castles



Caprarola, Villa Farnese, Italy



Carcassonne, Château Comtal

Cardiff Castle, Wales

Carimate, Italy

Castel del Monte, Italy

Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux, France

Château de Castelnaud, France

Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Liguria, Italy

Castiglione del Lago, Italy

Castello del Catajo, nr. Padua, Italy

Château de Chillon, Switzerland

Córdoba, Alcázar, Spain

Corte, Corsica



La Fortezza di Civitella del
Tronto, Abruzzo, Italy

Doe Castle, Donegal, Ireland

Dunluce, Northern Ireland

Durnstein, Austria

Castel Sant'Elmo, Naples, Italy

Enna, Castello di Lombardia, Sicily

Erice, Castello di Venre, Sicily

Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland

Este, Castello dei Carraresi, Italy




Fenelon, France

Fénis, Val d'Aosta, Italy



Ferrara, Castello Estense, Italy

Forlimpopoli, Italy

Fossano, Castello degli Acaja, Italy

Gradara, Marche region, Italy

Granada, Alcazaba, Spain

Grandson, Switzerland

Grinzane Cavour, Langhe region

Gruyères, Switzerland

Château de Joux, France

Castelli Tapparelli di Lagnasco

Castello di Lerici, Italy

Longiano, Castello Malatestiano

Castello della Manta, nr. Saluzzo



Château de Marqueyssac, Dordogne


Melfi, Italy

Milan, Castello Sforzesco, Italy

Monselice, Castello Ezzolino, Italy

Montagnana, Rocca degli Alberi, Veneto

Château de Montal, France

Castello Roero di Monticello d'Alba


Nyon, Switzerland

Otranto, Italy

Pesaro, Rocca Costanza, Italy

Peyrepertuse, SW France

Castello di Poppi, Italy



Château de Puyguilhem, Dordogne, France



Rimini, Castel Sismondo, Italy

Castello di Roddi, Piemonte

St Mawes, Cornwall, England

Rocca di San Leo, Marche, Italy

San Marino, Torre Cesta

Pyrgi, Castello di Santa Severa

La Sarraz, Switzerland

Fortezze di Sarzanello, Italy

Savona, Priamar Fortress, Italy

Serralunga d'Alba, Langhe area

Sevilla, Alcázar, Spain

Sirmione, Castello Scaligero, Italy

Soave, Castello Scaligero, Italy

Spiez, Switzerland

Syracuse, Maniace Castle, Sicily

Trani, Apulia, Italy

Trento, northern Italy

Castello di Valbona, Italy

Venosa, Basilicata, Italy

Verona, Castello Scaligero, Italy

Château de la Vigne, France

Vogogna, Piemonte, Italy



Castello di Zuccarello, Liguria, Italy




Cabanes, Huts, and Berghotels


Cabane de Carroz



Cabane d'Orny

Plan Nevé

Cabane Rambert

Berghotel Rosenlaui

Pension Sonnenberg

Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II








Grottes de Naye

Trient Glacier

Grottes de Vallorbe

Grotte à Chenuz

Luray Caverns, Virginia, USA

Col du Marchairuz

Mountain stuff

Index of photo essays of the Jura, the Préalps, and other mountains

Some long Alpine walks

The High Route à pied

Swiss Alpine Pass Route

A walk to Italy and back

Deirdre's cross-Suisse hike, 1982

Hikes in Gran Paradiso, 2003

Index of photos of snowcaving and camping in Switzerland

Index of snowshoeing pix

Special Features

Limestone holes of the Jura in winter

Holiday hilarity!

Tourist trains of Europe

Farms of the Jura in winter

Little bundles of attitude

Cats with attitude

Swiss towns and villages

Prepare for the worst

Collectibles: odds and ends

Anthills of the Jura

Forest refuges of the Jura

Steamships of Lake Geneva

Running wherever

World records in relays of the previous century

Monster running routes in the Swiss Alps

Large stories


Faith and doubt in Elizabethan England


Back from the dead in 18th century Switzerland

Bibliography (Trail of Blood)

List of scholarly writings, mainly on the 16th century, some reprinted here.

Feedback and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, . All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 8 February 2003, last revised 19 April 2024.

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