Staircase at the café du Soleil

The Café du Soleil was my ‘local’ when we lived in Geneva, Switzerland. It was close to the office and I would often go there with colleagues for a “quick pint” after work. These stairs connect the main, downstairs area and a smaller upstairs room. After a few beers they can be a bit daunting to navigate.

They also do an amazing cheese fondue.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3.

A walk around downtown Peekskill at night

I don’t often take pictures at night, but this time I found myself at a loose end in Peekskill and after having a bite to eat I decided to have a walk around. I quite like the results. Maybe I should do some more.

This is where I ate: a very pleasant Irish pub with good food and beer. Unfortunately it has since closed – not because of COVID, but because the owner chose not to renew the lease. Apparently he has another use for the property. Too bad.

I love this place. One of the most interesting second hand bookstores I know.

Ford Piano. Also now closed.

Couldn’t ignore a photography store.

Taken with a Sony RX100M3

A walk around White Plains

White Plains is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States. An inner suburb of New York City, it is the county seat and commercial hub of Westchester, a densely populated suburban county that is home to approximately one million people. White Plains is located in south-central Westchester, with its downtown (Mamaroneck Avenue) 25 miles (40 km) north of Midtown Manhattan.

I’d always thought of it being a fairly large city with little of interest to photograph. However, one day my wife had things to do in White Plains so I went for a walk around and discovered a Revolutionary War battle site; some interesting buildings; and some nice statues.

The inscription reads: The Battle of While Plains, October 28 1776. Near this spot the British under Howe forded the Bronx River and attacked the right wing of Washington’s army located above on Chatterton Hill. Erected by Act of Congress, May 18 1926.

House on Battle Hill.

Statue near the Metro North railway station.

The Gates of Remembrance. The Garden of Remembrance, located at the Michaelian Office Building at 148 Martine Avenue in White Plains, was created by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center, formerly known as both the Westchester Holocaust Education Center and the Westchester Holocaust Commission, to honor the memories of the millions of men, women and children destroyed in the Holocaust and to pay tribute to the brave people of all faiths who risked their lives to save others.

Within the Garden stand the “Gates of Remembrance,” created by sculptor Rita Rapaport to memorialize the suffering and death of millions during the Nazi era from 1933 to 1945.

The posts supporting the gates look blown by the wind. They evoke the memories of the flames or chimneys of the crematoria. To some, they will resemble the Hebrew letter Vov, which represents the number six, for the six days of creation, or the six million Jewish victims. The gates themselves may symbolize the bars of a prison or the entrances to concentration camps.

The five plaques on the gates depict images meaning Zachor, or Remember, torn fabric bearing a prisoner’s number; barbed wire representing concentration camps; the Bible in flames commemorating Kristallnacht, when the Holocaust began; and the broken tablets of the Ten Commandments.

The garden walls are inscribed with the names of 26 places where Jews and other victims of Nazi persecution were tortured and murdered. These names represent only some of the many hundreds of locations where recorded and unrecorded atrocities occurred. Other stones in the garden bear inscriptions of inspirational quotes from philosophers and authors.

Taken with a Panasonic GF-1 and Panasonic G Vario 45-150mm f4.0-5.6.