Thursday, September 24, 2009

TICINO IN THE TIMES: I DIGS IN


A preview of Sunday's New York Times T Travel Magazine is up now. Check out the story here. Ticino is the Italian speaking canton of Switzerland. There is a lot of polenta up there. And men arguing about cheese, and old stone grotto restaurants and twisty crazy roads and chestnuts that fall on your head and funiculars and a waterfall that starred in a Leni Riefenstahl movie and lots of other stuff. Have a look.

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

THE SCARIEST SIGNS IN THE WORLD



Skull and crossbones? Check. Little girl in pigtails running away from the death wave? Check. Top is from Ticino, Switzerland. These signs are everywhere, next to the most innocent looking little quiet mountain streams. Bottom is from Montreal and is just plain evil. What is the instruction here? Simply: death is coming from above.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

REFLECTION ON REFLECTIONS (SUNDAY DIGRESSION)


"Reflections in water belong to this kind of poetic strangeness. It is a great joy for me to observe them, especially on hot days, when the the light is perfect and the strangest symmetries are generated: two swans swim toward each other, with two other reflected swans, perhaps a heraldic insignia. Tropical islands, doubled ships, trains passing upside down over a bridge, the moon. Everything with perfect colors. If you look only at the reflection, and not at the reflecting part, you see a gratuitous reality that exists for you alone… In New York you may happen to see a sunset on the East Side, the sky there acting as a mirror to the sunset. The real sunset, coming from New Jersey, is uglier, as though the fact of coming from New Jersey made it in bad taste."—Saul Steinberg, Reflections and Shadows.
(Above: Lago Ritom, Piora, Switzerland. 10.5.08)

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

COLD PIZZA


I'm no graphic designer but I'm not sure how I feel about the use of the universal frosty-cold font for a pizzeria. Even if it is a pizzeria high up in the Swiss mountains. (Cimetta, Switzerland, 5485 ft. 10.6.08)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

McTerroir


Locarno, Switzerland. 10.6.08.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

BEFORE/AFTER: CHESTNUT EDITION







Left: Ticino. Right: my refrigerator.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

TUE: CH-MXP-NYC





My week in polenta-lake-and-mountain country up, I'm leaving the pretty resort town of Ascona this morning. Early morning drive via Milan w/ as many early AM espresso Autogrill stops as it takes to get me there & then home. Some pictures of Ticino above. More later.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

AUTUNNO



It's fall in Ticino, Switzerland. Hiking on Monte Tamaro the following things fell on my head:
1. Hail. 2. Chestnuts.

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