Is summer officially over?
My American friends told me about their weekend plans, going away, getting out of New York City, hanging out on the beach, savoring the day off on Monday for Labor Day weekend. Not to mention enjoying their last few days wearing white linen pants! As for my French friends, talk is all about la rentrée (the return), a much talked about time of year when schools reopen, children don their backpacks once again, and adults go back to work as well – or at least shed their summer attitude in the office. The month of August is pretty much obligatory vacation time in France, as many businesses close, shops put up signs that they too are on summer vacation and the streets lose their hustle and bustle. Everything then goes back to normal on September 1st.
I am not quite ready to turn the page on summer. The sun is still shining here in Zürich and the lake looks like confetti, dotted with a rainbow of sailboats, kayaks, windsurfers, catamarans, swimmers, rowers, swans, fishermen and rafts filled with sunbathers. Oh, and don’t forget your Mercedes pedal boats of course (see below), some of which even come with a children’s slide attached. It’s a regular water zoo out there. Yet somehow, no collisions ever occur, even with large cruise ships charging through. Rather impressive in fact.
Here’s a look at this summer in photos, the months past, but still summer days ahead…
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