Dec 20 2008

Fêtes and Photos

by at 6:26 pm

Classes are out for the semester!  Yippee!!!!  I still have two papers to write, but that’ll be ok.

We put some new photos on our flickr account, so now some of the updates from last week have illustrations:


At the Montreux Christmas Market, there was a stand roasting chestnuts the old-fashioned way.  It was beautiful at dusk for us spectators, although a rather charcoaly experience for those doing the roasting.

L'Escalade in Geneva

We went to the Cortege of the celebration of the Escalade in Geneva last weekend.  It marks a great military victory for Geneva—which took place in 1602!  It featured lots of people gathered to watch a procession of costumed Genevans, some of whom were riding or toting farm animals, some with bread or wine, some carrying torches, some playing piccolos or drums.  Then a proclamation was read and everyone joined in the Genevan anthem.  The restaurants in the old city were all happily serving up mulled wine, raclette, and vegetable soup to the crowd.

Fountain in Place de la Riponne Holiday Tram in Zurich

Here are two examples of beautiful light decorations in Switzerland.  Lausanne on the the left: a fountain of blue lights with purple-lit pillars of the main museum/library of the city at Place de la Rippone.  Zurich on the right: the bahnhoffstrasse with a Christmas trolley whizzing under lights dangling down from the tram cables above.

Sad Christmas tree at University of Lausanne Unbelievably Awful Christmas Decorations

Here are some examples of less-than-gorgeous decorations.  As I said before, Swiss people do not know how to use string lights.  Neither do they know what snowmen look like, apparently (is one of them a teddy bear?  a scarecrow? dressed in white and Christmas colors?).

As usual, you can see more of/bigger versions of our pictures on the photostream.

In other news, apparently Knut is no longer the only star at the Berlin Zoo.  As of a week ago, they now have a new baby hippo!  This one is for you, Miriam:

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6 Responses to “Fêtes and Photos”

  1. Tianon 22 Dec 2008 at 5:54 am

    It looks beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful winter (notice the winter) vacation. Should be amazing in Switzerland. I hope you have a great Hanukkah (I looked up the date, just for you). Anyway, hope to see you soon. Have a great time!


  2. Jackieon 22 Dec 2008 at 11:53 am

    Thanks, Tian! Happy holidays to you, too!

  3. Alexon 23 Dec 2008 at 11:23 pm

    It’s weird to think of Swiss people doing anything martial. The chestnut photo is beautiful, though.

    Happy Hannukah to both of you.


    PS Your captcha is unusually hard to read

  4. Jackieon 23 Dec 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Swiss men all have required military service (though it’s not nearly as intense, or as long, say, Israel’s)!

    Thank you regarding the chestnut photo.

    Happy Hannukah! Have fun with Russell–we miss you both!

  5. Lizon 28 Dec 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Oh my god I want that hippo.

  6. Jackieon 28 Dec 2008 at 9:57 pm

    You’re a hippo fanatic, too? Those things are scary when big and wild in Africa. But this baby one is pretty cute, for now.

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