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The heart of summer

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“The morning is full of storm

in the heart of summer.

The clouds travel like white handkerchiefs of good-bye,

the wind, traveling, waving them in its hands.

The numberless heart of the wind

beating above our loving silence.

Orchestral and divine, resounding among the trees

like a language full of wars and songs.

(…)

Her mass of kisses breaks and sinks,

assailed in the door of the summer’s wind.”

from Pablo Neruda, “The Morning Is Full” in Twenty Love Poems And A Song of Despair  (beautiful translation by W.S. Merwin)

Have a magnanimous, magical summer! Have a book.

 

Swiss wonders 2015

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There are countries you can always count on. Countries that never let you down. Countries that make you walk on cloud nine. Literally.

Switzerland is one of them.

Jagged, proud mountain peaks as cathedrals of humility where human beings realize their smallness and settle in the eternal peace of their essential selves. All else is a surrogate, a delusion. The climb, the muscles burning, nails screeching on stone, the thirst. That’s all that matters. The cutting winds, the cold.

And then an evening in front of the fireplace in a pretty chalet or the generous, balmy afternoons around Lake Geneva.

The beauty, the calmness of a steady pace, the cleanliness. Marmots squeaking and ibex prancing at 2500 m above sea level.

The post bus worming its way on narrow ribbons of asphalt facing the abyss, sounding its horn before a hairpin curve.

Rain and drizzle and searing sun in August.

Switzerland. Expensive with good reason and worth every “centime“.

Typical chalet in Grimentz, Val d'Anniviers, Valais.

Typical chalet in Grimentz, Val d’Anniviers, Valais

Keeping those skis ready - Valais.

Keeping those skis ready – Grimentz, Valais

“Downtown” Grimentz, VS

Sorrebois Cablecar - Valais

Sorebois Cablecar – Val d’Anniviers (VS)

Cloudy afternoon above Grimentz, Valais

Cloudy and damp August afternoon – Alpage de Moiry, Val d’Anniviers (VS)

Lake Geneva (Leman) with beautiful gardens at Montreux (VD)

Lake Geneva (Leman) with lush gardens at Montreux (VD)

Lac Leman above Montreux at sunset - VD.

Montreux, home to perfect lawns and finest hotels, at sunset – VD

Lausanne (VD), home of the Olympic Museum (and the Olympic flame!)

Lausanne (VD), home of the Olympic Museum (and the Olympic flame!)

United Nations HQ in Geneva, Switzerland (GE)

United Nations HQ in Geneva, Switzerland (GE)

Place des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Place des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Typical Alpine village in Switzerland

Typical Alpine village in Switzerland

Moiry Glacier, Grimentz, Valais

Moiry Glacier, Grimentz, Valais

Artsy shot of Moiry lodge perched on a cliff, Valais

Artsy shot of Moiry lodge perched on a cliff, Valais

Steep slopes kissing, Valais

Steep slopes kissing, Valais

Look at all that rock!

Look at all that rock and ice!

Quiet bold climbers on ice, Moiry Glacier - Valais

Quiet bold climbers on ice, Moiry Glacier – Valais

Humbling greatness - Moriy Glacier, VS

Humbling, overpowering greatness – Moriy Glacier, VS

Jumble boutique with kind owner in St. Luc, VS

Jumble boutique with kind owner in St. Luc, VS

Flowerpots, St. Luc (VS)

Flowerpots, St. Luc (VS)

Glorious view of Matterhorn (Mt. Cervin - 4478 m) and Hotel Weisshorn (above St. Luc, VS)

Breathtaking view of Matterhorn (Mt. Cervin – 4478 m) and Hotel Weisshorn (above St. Luc, VS)

Not far from Matterhorn - Weißhorn (Dent Blanche), Zinalrothorn - view from Tignousa (VS)

Not far from Matterhorn –  possibly Weißhorn or Obergabelhorn more than 4,000 m high – view from Tignousa (VS)

On the planets trek (Sentier des Planetes) - Touno (VS)

Along the planets trek (Sentier des Planetes) – Touno (VS)

Glorious morning on Moiry dam (VS)

Glorious morning on Moiry dam (VS)

Moiry dam above Grimentz (VS)

Moiry dam above Grimentz (VS)

Bikers training for the Grand Raid - Moiry dam (VS)

Bikers training for the Grand Raid – Moiry dam (VS)

Moiry dam (VS) with typical alpine flora

Moiry dam (VS) with typical alpine flora

Roughness in stone

Roughness in stone (VS)

After the Simplon pass on the road to Italy. Au revoir, Suisse! Bis bald!

After the Simplon pass on the road to Italy. Au revoir, Suisse! Bis bald!

Copyright photography: Andreea Sepi 2015.

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10 Reasons I Love The Summer Vacation (My Son’s Version)

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1. Sleep

2. Sleep

3. More sleep

4. Cartoons

5. Cartoons

6. More cartoons

7. Sun, sand, water, ice cream

8. Sun, rocks, water, ice cream

9. Sun, grass, water, ice cream

10. Reading, LEGO, board games, trees, voyages of discovery, pebbles and insects (except mosquitoes!).

Sirmione – Garda Lake, Italy

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It was almost a case of force majeure.  We had to find a destination.  The hallowed Italian seaside around Venice had failed us this time, with dark rain pouring down for days on end. We had a choice between staying and facing the deluge at Lido di Jesolo or quickly finding a destination within a practicable distance where we could still enjoy a mild sunburn.

(By the way, if you want to witness monster truck races in their natural environment, as well as Brownian overtaking maneuvers only seconds before impact, a busy Italian highway is the place to go.)

So we unfolded our (digital) maps, put our finger down on a place, buckled up the kids and off we went. Luckily, the place on the map was breezy Sirmione, on the southern shore of Garda Lake. Only a Shakespeare sonnet away from Verona, where Juliet’s polished boob shines in the midday sun like some kind of sacred grapefruit rubbed by too many.

Take a walk along the quay...

Take a walk along the quay…

... or enter the castle...

… or enter the castle…

... stop to think...

… stop to think…

... or take a boat ride...

… or take a boat ride…

... check out the dungeons...

… check out the dungeons…

... or shop for souvenirs...

… or shop for souvenirs…

... wrap your mind around the beauty...

… wrap your mind around the beauty…

... or let yourself be wrapped in it...

… or let yourself get wrapped in it…

... relish the mountains far away...

… relish the mountains far away…

... or be moved by the flute of a 55-year-old jobless man...

… or be moved by the flute of a 55-year-old jobless man…

... have a frugal bruschette picknick by the water front...

… have a frugal bruschette picnic by the water front…

... or whiz through the waves...

… or whiz through the waves…

... take in the scenery from the promontory...

… take in the scenery from the promontory…

... or get sun soaked like a stranded colony of seals...

… or get sun soaked like a stranded colony of seals…

 

Copyright photos: Andreea Sepi & Armand Csordas 2014.