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Summer Camp in Switzerland

Looking for the best summer camp for your child, at home or abroad can be a challenge. certainly you want the best for your child to experience childhood at its best for the rest of their life.

Think of Switzerland with green velvet hills, snow-covered mountains, cow bells heard in the distant, breathing fresh mountain air, hiking through majestic forest with gurgling spring water in a pristine meandering creek. It is just magic.

A British boarding school open their doors for summer camp in July and August. St George’s School located between Vevey and Montreux. A beautiful area surrounded by towering trees, wildflowers field, serenity and tranquility abound.

The summer camp open in July and August runs over 6 weeks, parents can decide to have 3 or 6 weeks staying time. The camp is open to boarding and day students from ages 9 to 18. The mornings dedicated to different activities, intensive language lessons in French and English, action sports or computer skills. In the afternoon devoted for sports and recreational. In the evening boarders can sign up for various activities. Learning how to play music instruments, going to the movies, cooking, visual arts and many more. Excursion within the area is also organized. All activities tought by qualified teachers and monitors.

Parents may want  more information about this camp can go here …. SUMMER CAMP

St. Georges School

Levavi Oculos, alleviating eye, look to a bright future, that is the school motto.  A British private boarding school which was founded by two Oxford graduates Lorna V. Southwell and Osyth Potts in 1927.  When the school first open it was girls only, then in the mid- 70’s they accept boys.

The main campus is in Clarens. The current student body of over 450 aged between 9 and 18 represents over 40 different nationalities with boarding section of 60 students starting age 11. The school is indeed a United Nations.

The Neuchatel campus located in Lacoudre on the Neuchatel lakeside. The current student body 21 students, aged between 10 and 18.

The Verbier campus has recently opened for junior department children.

Curriculum is offered based upon British national guidelines. The school enters students of IB Diploma Programme (International Baccalaureate), Cambridge International Exam, Certificate of secondary Education, Royal School of Music Exams, among others.

Extra curricular activities, involved a variety of sports tought as part of the physical education progam, including skiing in the spring term. Students take part in variety of competition with other schools in hockey, swimming, cross country, tennis badminton, skiing and soccer. The school have seven tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool.

The quality of teaching is exceptional and very much beyond usual academia. The repeated success rate in public exams at St George’s speaks for itself. A large percentage of the students continue on to the most prestigious universities in the world.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Chateau de Chillon

 
 
 

A visit to Montreux will not be complete without Chateau de Chillon located on the shore of Lake Geneva at the eastern end of the lake. It is an imposing castle consist of 100 independent buildings that were gradually connected to become one building as it stands now.The castle was in existence around 1160 or 1005. From the mid 12th century, the castle was home to the counts of Savoy and it was expanded in the 13th century by Pietro II. The castle was never taken siege, but did change hands several time through treaties. The castle was made famous by Lord Byron who wrote the poem The Prisoner of Chillon (1816) on Francois de Bonivard, a Genevois monk and politician who was imprisoned in the castle from 1530 to 1536, Byron also carved his name on a pillar of the dungeon.

The history of Chillon was influenced by three major periods, The Savoy, The Bernese, and The Voudois.

Chateau de Chillon is open to the public for visit or tours. There is a fee for entrance and there are ample parking spaces and a bus stop near by. If you have the energy, you can walk leisurely along the lake to the castle and return by bus. I can assure you it is a beautiful walk.

Inside the castle itself there are four great halls, three courtyards and a series of bedrooms open to the public. One of the oldest is the Camera domini, which was a room occupied by the Duke of Savoy, it is decorated with 14th Century medieval murals.

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Simple Ways to Keep Cool in Hot Weather

While cleaning up my bookshelves, I found this worthwhile article on how to keep cool in hot weather.

Draw the draperies and shades on the dog days of summer or consider installing an awning on a south or west-facing window.  It is most effective to block heat outside the glass.

A window that rattles is a window that lets in hot air.  Seal it with weather-stripping for a cool payoff now and cozy one in winter.

Install dimmer switches on as many lights in the house as you can.  Soft, diffused light is physiologically and physically cooler than bright light.

The sound of splashing water is both soothing and cooling.  Consider buying a small recirculating fountain to place in a room you spend a lot of time in.

Cool from the inside out by keeping a frosty pitcher of ice water or lemonade in the fridge.  Drop a few berries or sliced citrus in it for color and a subtle flavor.

Let a just-picked or purchased watermelon sit on the coldest shelf  in the fridge for at least eight hours.  Slice it into thick wedges and host a family seed-spitting contest in the backyard.

Cook a main dish such as chicken or poached fish early in the cool of the morning to serve later in the heat of the day. 

Bird of Paradise

 
A  bird of paradise flower with a dark background make a perfect image for a mousepad.  You can find this at Zazzle.

Night, by Elie Wiesel

My review,

This was the hardest book I ever read.  Despair, despondent, fear, hopelessness shown on those people faces. What a harrowing journey all of them had to endure. The saddest part was, the author had to witness his father demise. Anyone who want to know about holocaust should read this book.

  

Book Review

Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Weisel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in the substantive new preface, Elie Wiesel reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

The Blue Bedspread, by Raj Kamal

 

In the middle of a steamy Calcutta night the phone rings. An unnamed man in a city of millions answers to a voice telling him that his long-lost sister is dead. He must go to the hospital to identify the body and claim his sister’s orphaned newborn daughter until she can be adopted the next day.

During the long hot night, the baby sleeps on a bedspread that used to be indigo blue, but has faded to almost white. As the child lies where the man and his sister used to sleep as children, he quietly writes stories for her, telling of his own childhood full of intensity, anguish, and poetry. He doesn’t know his place in the world, but with the help of these stories, the baby someday might.
Raj Kamal Jha’s ethereal, poetic prose echoes the loneliness of the human condition. 
 
My review:
 
Beautifully written throughout. With feeling of sensuality, poignant. A truly feast for the mind.  This is indeed an interesting book, it started slowly but it pick up for me after several pages.  If you like sensual, ethereal story,  this is for you.