Mi limón, mi limonero

In our 8th annual edition, yesterday December 1st 2019, we celebrated our version of Thanksgiving. This means a harvest celebration of the fruits of our actions during the year, with friends and loved ones. Petra and I cooked for three days with help from our friend Christophe. We served plenty of food that included garlic-ginger green beans, shiitake mushrooms with bok choy, vegetarian stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potato cornbread muffins, carrots with cumin and herbs, and an organic mojo turkey. For dessert we served a Garam Masala pumpkin pie, and a chestnut-purée cake with birch sugar. Wine was kindly provided by our friend Rolf. One of the highlights of the evening was singing Mi limón, mi limonero with Petra playing the accordion.

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Pa i coques

Al llegar a San Boi de Lluçanès, poblado de quinientos habitantes en la zona catalana de los montes Pirineos, nuestro anfitrión, y panadero del pueblo, me envía un mensaje via WhatsApp invitándonos a pan y coca, pa i coques en catalán.

Hasta ese momento solo conocía dos acepciones de la palabra coca: la bebida azucarada y la planta de hojas estimulantes. No pensé que me estuviera invitando a darme un pase de cocaína, y no me entusiasmó en nada la idea de beber Coca Cola. Presentía que algo no cuadraba.

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La Casa del Horizonte

(English version and video are below.) Siguiendo el sendero sostenible trazado con La Casa Ausente, el arquitecto Fernando Abruña Charneco presenta su más reciente edificación. La Casa del Horizonte incorpora el sol en la solución energética y se apropia de la luz de la luna llena a través de una terraza lunar. Dialoga con el paisaje mediante una fachada que abre en su totalidad permitiendo, desde cualquier lugar de la casa, hermosas vistas del Mar Caribe. La casa se levanta con el Sol y se acuesta con la Luna. Disfruta del video.

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The Boat-Eating Sea Dog

There are many stories about the Loch Ness Monster, the Jeti, Bigfoot, Yeran, and many other large mysterious creatures that inhabit our Planet. They are rarely (or never) seen. But on our recent trip to the island of Ratonneau, off the coast of Marseille, we spotted the Boat-Eating Sea Dog. To our surprise no one else saw it. However, I was lucky enough to have a camera, and snatched a picture before it submerged, as a proof. I tried to look for references to this creature in Google and came up empty. By the way, the photo is not doctored or photoshopped in any shape or form.

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The Fattest Car in the World

During our recent visit to Marseille, we discovered the fattest car in the world inside the Vieille Charité in the old Panier quarter of France’s second largest city. Driving it probably will make you feel skinny. See for yourself.

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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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