City Walls

I like city walls, especially those that leave space to the imagination. This one around a tight corner is unique. It looks like a musician left a big horn leaning on the wall, and forgot about it. That’s why the graffiti is perfect. Actually the vertical metal structures are meant to protect the wall from damages by cars and trucks that cannot make the sharp turn.

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L’Amour des Trois Oranges et L’Amour du Vin.

Every two years the Troupe de Serreaux-Dessus an ensemble of amateur and semi-professional actors performs a quality theatre show under the summer sky. The stage is set on the backyard of the house of Antoine and Henriette Nicolas, winemakers with over forty years of experience producing good white wine in the hills of Begnins, overlooking Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

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Pitching Holy Shit

I am happy to have pitched our film “Holy Shit” during the “Rendez-Vous de la Coproduction Rhénane” at the Ciné Cité in beautiful Strasbourg, France.

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Three cinemagraphic moments in Marseille

The Mediterranean Sea, the mistral winds, and its history make Marseille a sensorially captivating city. Petra and I spent the last two weeks of May exploring many of its arrondissements. We even sailed to Frioul Island, the shy sister of the Chateau d’If Island, where the Count of Montecristo spent 14 years as a prisoner before swimming to freedom.

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Frauenstreik – huelga de mujeres – womens’s strike -Zürich

Last Friday June 14, 2019, thousands of people – mostly women – held demonstrations throughout Switzerland demanding equal pay, equal treatment, and denouncing gender violence.

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Portraits of Marseille

Marseille, the second largest city of France, is a melting pot of cultures, races, and traditions. Many Parisians deride it as a dirty city, “where Africa begins”. Obviously a racist comment. To me it is a vibrant, dirty, noisy, sunny, colorful, warm city, washed by the wonderful Mediteranean Sea, with people who are generally friendlier than their Parisian counterparts. Please enjoy these 12 portraits from Marseille.

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The Skinniest House in the World

During our recent visit to Marseille, we discovered the skinniest house in the world, designed by Erwin Wurm. It is located inside the Vieille Charité in the old Panier quarter of France’s second largest city. Make room and enjoy the photos.

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Héctor Abruña: a new member of the National Academy of Sciences

On April 27th 2019, I had the honor to see my brother Héctor Abruña being inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington DC.

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Japanese Cherry No. 5

Take 1 minute of your day to enjoy the view of a Prunus serrulata or Japanese Cherry tree. It is in full spring bloom in the middle of a residential complex nearby, oblivious to traffic noise, waltzing to the tune of the slight wind. It will calm and re-center you like a yoga Asana. Namaste.

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Ich bin ein Schweizer: Part 2

On January 28, 2019, I received my Swiss passport, but on March 28, along with over a thousand other new citizens, I celebrated it. Mayor Corine Mauch had extended an invitation to all new Swiss citizens residing in the city of Zürich to join her in a celebration. I am now the citizen of the USA, Spain, and Switzerland.

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