Monday, February 27, 2017

Even More Architectural Features

Chillon Castle, Switzerland


I've noticed that persons representing the Socialist Alternative organization have showed up at several of the anti-Trump rallies around D.C. I took the trouble to look them up online and agree with many of their ideas, although I disagree with their estimation that "big businesses" are always and everywhere a bad thing. 

I frankly rather appreciate some big businesses, especially the ones that give evidence of possessing a social conscience. In fact, I would go so far as to say we ought to encourage big businesses to become more socially engaged rather to simply disparage them.  

Heck! Apple is a big business and it's greatest fault is that it produced the product that I use every day to maintain this blog. Microsoft is a big business and I use it's word processor more than I use my toothbrush. Google is a big business. . . Well, you get the idea. 

So I don't agree that big businesses are in and of themselves a problem. There are some big businesses that do a tremendous amount of good. We just need to better regulate the ones that don't.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

More Features

Chillon Castle, Switzerland


Speakers at the Not My President's Day Rally included Lee Carter (above), a candidate for the Virginia State House of Delegates (50th District), and Native American activist, Gray Michael Parson (below).

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Architectural Features

Panelled ceiling

Prisoner graffiti

Wooden column & capital


I totally support this young lady's opposition to many of the Trump administration's "fascist" policies. Before you can say yes to something, you almost certainly have to say no to something else. Yes, I support humanitarian values, but what exactly are those values? Once we're rid of Trump and his troop of misfits, who will we elect to represent us both at the local and national levels? 

Fortunately, I know I'm not alone in this opinion. Others, too, are already looking to what we call our mid-term elections here in the United States in 2020 when a number of key congressional positions will be determined. And as I'll show you here, there were a few candidates for those seats present at the rally. The great question everyone must be asking themselves at this point is do these candidates represent the way forward for our country and the world?

Rally for the Affordable Care Act
Lafayette Square, H St. and 17th St. NW
Washington, D.C.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have called for nationwide rallies in support of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. Join us on Saturday, February 25, to do just that. Send a message that taking healthcare away from millions of Americans is NOT OK! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Dungeon

Chillon Castle, Switzerland

Lake Leman lies by Chillon's walls: 
A thousand feet in depth below 
Its massy waters meet and flow; 
Thus much the fathom-line was sent 
From Chillon's snow-white battlement, 
Which round about the wave inthralls: 
A double dungeon wall and wave 
Have made—and like a living grave 
Below the surface of the lake 
The dark vault lies wherein we lay: 
We heard it ripple night and day; 
Sounding o'er our heads it knock'd; 
And I have felt the winter's spray 
Wash through the bars when winds were high 
And wanton in the happy sky; 
And then the very rock hath rock'd, 
And I have felt it shake, unshock'd, 
Because I could have smiled to see 
The death that would have set me free.
~ Lord Byron

Some Signs

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chillon Castle

Chillon Castle (French: Château de Chillon) is an island castle located on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud. It is situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve, which gives access to the Alpine valley of the Rhone. Chillon is amongst the most visited castles in Switzerland and Europe. It is also known to be the inspiration behind the castle in The Little Mermaid movie.


Camera crews and organizers setting up for Monday's rally. One of the organizers below being interviewed by our local ABC affiliate.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Caught a bus one day from were I was staying in Villars and traveled to Chillon Castle, passing these magnificent mountains along the way.

Not My President's Day Rally

Maybe you heard about the Not My President's Day rallies held yesterday in cities all across the United States. Here in D.C., ours started at Dupont Circle. You can see some folks in the photo below arriving. Looks like they may have taken one of the Red Line trains and emerged from the Dupont Circle station. 

"The park within the circle is maintained by the National Park Service. The central fountain designed by Daniel Chester French provides seating, and long, curved benches around the central area were installed in 1964. The park within the circle is a gathering place for those wishing to play chess on the permanent stone chessboards. Tom Murphy, a homeless championship chess player, is a resident. The park has also been the location of political rallies, such as those supporting gay rights and those protesting the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund." ~ Wikipedia

Monday, February 20, 2017



Crazy! Stayed a couple of nights at the Eurotel Victoria. The first day there was no snow on the ground at all. The next morning I awoke to this scene (below), and this was in late May. Well, I guess it wasn't that crazy; after all, this is alpine country.

The Houses of Parliament

Ah, now back to the sanity of the National Gallery of Art.

Claude Monet, "The Houses of Parliament, Sunset", 1903, oil on canvas at the National Gallery of Art.

UPDATE: #NotMyPresidentsDay rally this afternoon from 2-4 p.m. at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Aiglon College

Aiglon College is a private co-educational boarding school in Switzerland broadly modelled on British boarding school lines. It is an independent, non-profit school located in the Swiss Alps.

D.C. Police

These people certainly have been busy and will remain busy for days and weeks to come protecting protesters as well as helping to maintain law and order.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Villars English Church
Villars, Switzerland


"Because impeachment and conviction of officials involves an overturning of the normal Constitutional procedures by which individuals achieve high office (election, ratification, or appointment) and because it generally requires a supermajority, it is usually only reserved for those deemed to have committed serious abuses of their office. In the United States, for example, impeachment at the Federal level is reserved for those who may have committed "high crimes and misdemeanors". Several Federal officials, including two Presidents (Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, who were both acquitted) and several judges, have been impeached over the course of US history. US President Richard Nixon resigned before Watergate scandal impeachment proceedings could begin." ~ Wikipedia

Given the rules for impeachment, I figure it's much more likely that Trump will be forced to resign before the 2018 mid-term elections. After the mid-term elections. . . who knows? As a lawyer friend of mine likes to say, "stay tuned". :-)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Villars Church

The Anglican Church was established in Villars in 1883. The Chapel was the property of the Commonwealth & Continental Church Society for over a century and was then bought by Aiglon College in 1996. Villars is home to a large population of English-speakers due in part to students at international schools and tourists. So the Aiglon College Chapel offers a service in English to satisfy and meet local demand.


After gathering at the White House to protest the President's executive order. . .

the crowd began marching toward the Trump Hotel (below right) and finally to the Capitol.