Browsing Category : Traditions

Defending Geneva: Celebrating the Escalade in 2018

In Geneva, 8th December 2018 Having written at some length about the three-day 2017 Escalade celebrations in Geneva, I will not be adding anything except some pictures from the 2018 event (including some from the infrequently opened Arquebus Museum).  It really is a wonderful time for the city, full of families and tourists all enjoying the fun atmosphere over the…

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Bringing in the Cows of Albeuve

In Albeuve, Switzerland One of the most beautiful aspects of the farming life – from the point of view of a townie who doesn’t do any of the work – is the consistency of the traditions by which farmers regulate their year.  Transhumance – that is, taking the cows up the mountains to feast on the grasses in summer and…

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