09 October 2014

A Glass with a Swiss Winemaker in his Vineyard

My idea of a wonderful morning: sharing a glass (or three) of superb Chasselas wine with the winemaker right in the sunny vineyard where the grapes were grown. You can read about this fine gentleman in my piece for Newly Swissed.

04 October 2014

Street Art Apart in Vevey

Sorry to be sadistic, but I'm going to share a glimpse of the Images Festival of Arts in Vevey, which ends Sunday, Oct. 5th, so probably too late for you this year. For three weeks the lovely town of Vevey has been an open-air art gallery, most of the art devoted to photography -- whatever that word even means anymore.

One minute you're strolling past interesting little boutiques and cafés by shimmering Lac Léman, the next minute you're staring at a photograph that covers the side of a building.

That's just for starters. This year there were 65 international artists -- not only photographers -- exhibiting in spaces outdoors and indoors around this cozy town. I saw all too little during two visits, but still ...

One of my favorite exhibits was Dutch artist Eric Kessels' "24 Hours in Photos," a pile of 350,000 prints of all the photos he found on Flickr in one day. These objects of fleeting worship were provocatively placed in a beautiful Catholic church, where anyone was invited to pick them up, rearrange them or take them.

I looked and looked for a print I'd like to take and finally found this one.

At various places around the festival you were encouraged to get interactive.

Vevey is also home to an excellent museum of the history of photography, which has the Swiss touch.

OK, so you missed the Images Festival this year. But some of Vevey's artworks are permanent fixtures.

And if you spend a few days in this charming town, you might become a permanent fixture yourself.

Meanwhile, if you want to know the artists of any of the works above, shoot me an email.

15 September 2014

Wiith Odysseus and the Greek Pirates

Cruising the Aegean, just offshore the southern coast of Milos island in the Greek Cyclades, I can't help but imagining Odysseus raising his sword against the pirates who once lurked here. We're near the low white cliffs of Kleftiko whose caves were once pirates' lairs from which to attack ships.

We are on the good ship Zephyros,

piloted by Captain Dimitris and his captain, Tania.

Soon we are swimming where pirates once lay in wait.

And too soon, we are heading back, Aegean salt on our lips, a tow rope in our hands, pulling history and legend back with us.

14 September 2014

Neuchâtel Art Expo at Galerie 2016

Cool paintings right now at our favorite contemporary art gallery in Neuchâtel, Galerie 2016. They're showing the work of Belgian painter Marc Kennes.

We love the expos at this gallery because the owners -- our friends, Ella, Marc and Jade -- bring interesting artists to an interesting space.

08 September 2014

The Natives of Plaka on Milos island, Greece.

During our explorations of Plaka on Milos island, we encountered a few of the natives.

Volumes shall be written about the charming, savvy street cats of Milos.

Artists Natalia and David of Kymbe Ceramics.

Dimitris and Manolis, son and father owners of Two Doors
taverna, where I had stewed goat and didn't regret it.

A habitué of the Archeological Museum.
The original donors of the the Plaka Folk Museum. He a harbor pilot, she a
housewife. Oddly, they had no children.

Co-propietor and expert tummy cooler at the Plaka Taverna.

Just an interesting manhole cover.

02 September 2014

CERN Preps to Smash More Protons

In 2012, the physicists at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), outside Geneva proved the existence of the Higgs boson, the extremely tiny and enormously important sub-atomic particle that gives mass to the matter of the universe we can see.
The CMS collider will search for dark matter.

Now, after shutting down in February 2013 for planned maintenance and upgrades, CERN is again powering up its Large Hadron Collider to fling protons in opposite directions around its circular 27-km accelerator at nearly the speed of light before smashing them into each other to form new even tinier sub-atomic particles. And this time, the LHC will be operating at nearly double the beam energy.

Why is more energy important? You can find out in my new article for swissinfo.com