Sunday, 21 October 2007

Beautiful, blustery days

That strange Genevan speciality "la bise" has been blowing these past few days. The skies have been clear and blue and the sunshine still strong but I still don't understand why this icy wind is called the kiss when its strong, cold blast is more like a slap in the face. And I've still not quite worked out the difference between la bise noire and the ordinary seemingly colourless bise. But I like the idea of giving local winds names - even if le mistral and the sirrocco are sometimes used to package fast forms of transport or overpriced technology.