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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The View From Here

From the Louvre

From the Louvre

Montmartre Hill: The view from Sacre-Coeur

From the path leading to the UN campus along Lake Geneva

From the bottom in Geneva

The Old City in Bern from the bridge over Aare River

Untertorbrücke: Lower Gate Bridge in Bern from the newer bridge above it

From the conference: Be outraged!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Paris in B & W and Grey

Eiffel Tower 

In the Louvre looking up through the pyramid

Louvre stairs and pyramid

CDG Airport

Louvre Lamps

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Artifacts of Swiss Society

While finding my way around Geneva I stumbled upon some interesting artifacts.  Here are a few pictures of those treasures.

Giant Chess in Promenade des Bations

No peeing, dogs off leash, graffiti, loud music, or littering! That just about covers it- nothing about taking a photo of the sign, so I am in the the clear.

Protest against the Sri Lanka government at the UN

Sailboats on Lake Geneva

Du bitume au grenier: Histoire d'une rue singuliere a Geneve

This is a wonderful book of images from the members of a housing collective in Geneva.  They celebrated 20 years of successfully running the collective.  I stopped by to see what it was all about and was quite impressed- the collective consists of the housing, a lovely restaurant, a movie theater, and some shops.  I'd love to live there.

Rue Lissignol, the site of the collective

Clémentine, a sculpture of an emaciated, and melancholy girl: On the trees and fences around the sculpture, as in this photo, there are often clippings and messages protesting child abuse, female genital mutilation and domestic violence against women. Weekly, for the past thirty years, Clémentine has been given a flower to hold in her hand. She was missing her flower the day I visited.

Rue de Vermont:  There's no place like home, but this was comforting.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Europe Drawings

A day in Bern; pencil and caran d'ache on paper

A day in Paris; black ink on paper

Man and Bird and HAPPY Ghost; black ink on paper

Naked Man (Bush's Whoring of America); black ink on paper

 some more please....

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I had a wonderful adventure in Europe for the past two weeks.  Over the rest of the summer I hope to share with you some pictures and stories from my trip.  Here are a few pictures from Geneva and Bern.

Eglise Russe, also known as the Cathedrale Orthodox Russe, the Russian Orthodox Church in Geneva.

The "Broken Chair" in front of the UN stands 39 feet high; it's huge!  Made of wood by Swiss artist Daniel Berset, it symbolizes opposition to land mines and cluster bombs, and acts as a reminder to politicians and others visiting Geneva. It stands across the street from the Palace of Nations, in Geneva.

The old section of Bern on a Sunday, a good day to visit because as you can see not many people were wandering around.  In Switzerland there are public fountains like this all over the place to fill a water bottle from.  The water is delicious and cold!

Henry Moore reclining woman sculpture in front of the LES MUSÉES D'ART ET D'HISTOIRE 

Stone lion watches the Jet d'Eau

I met Alba, an architecture student from Barcelona, on the train to Bern. We had a lovely chat about the world as we passed by Lausanne.  She was on her way to Germany to visit her boyfriend and I was traveling to Bern to see the works of Paul Klee.  I couldn't help myself and had to snap a few pictures of what looked like a heavenly place.

I spent the most wonderful day at Zentrum Paul Klee.  I plan to do a post focused just on Klee, but in the meanwhile here are a couple of shots I took.  While asking for help on how to buy a ticket for the bus I met Martina, who was dressed in the clothes of my dreams.  Turns out she works in a very upscale clothing store in Lucerne.  Anyhow she decided to go to see the Klee show as well, we had a grand time even with the language barrier!

Zentrum Paul Klee was designed by Renzo Piano 

Abstraction of Klee's painting in sculpture in front of the Zentrum

Well that's all for today.  More to follow.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hampton Beach

Some beach photos from a quick trip to Hampton Beach

Hello Birdie

Pure beach stones

Sarah and Eric came to visit, it was such a lovely time.