Sunday, June 28, 2009

Going South (part 1)

The South of Switzerland, full of valleys and lakes between the mountains, offer tens of small towns to visit. Going down from Bern and going past Lucerne; I installed myself for three days at Mendrisio and devoted some time to travel around.

In this first part, photographs from Lucerne (just passing by), Milan (the Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco), Como (idyllic lake when it's clear), Locarno (the Madonna del Sasso), and Ascona (the Swiss Monaco).

Update: Going South (part 2)

"After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified: -I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me-."
The Bible, John 13:21

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The garden of the roses

Across the Aare river, with a panoramic view of the old Bern, it is located the Rose Garden (Rosengarten). With tens of varieties, it must be a place worth seeing in spring...

"-But, if you domesticate me, we will need each other. You will be unique in the world for me. I will be unique in the world for you...
-I start to understand, the little prince said. There is a flower... I think that she has domesticated me...
-It is possible, the fox said. One see all kinds of things on Earth..."
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

The old Bern

History tells that an unknown assistant at the patent office of Bern shook the physic's world in 1905. His inspiration might well have come from walking the streets of the beautiful old quarter of this city. The cobbled paving, the arcs, the fountains, the views from the gullies and the bridges, invite us to visit her peacefully (including, at one tip, the roses' garden).

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery -- even if mixed with fear -- that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man."
The World As I See It, Albert Einstein

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