Gallery: June 3 — Ballenberg Museum 4

From the third day I visited the Ballenberg Museum. All the buildings on this page are from Canton Ticino.

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This is a forge from Bodio, built in the 19th century.

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Stone and iron.

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Old, cryptic inscriptions on the wall of a 16th-century house from Malvaglia.

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This is a very old torba (granary) from Campo Vallemaggia, built in 1515.

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A detail of one of the anti-mice stones.

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That Ballenberg was able to move the whole Novazzano estate onto its campus is incredibly impressive.

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It's an intriguing mix of masonry and wooden structure.

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There's now a café operating in it.

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A very elegantly-shaped (despite being sealed up) hearth.

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Another sealed-up hearth, but a tiny one that has an air of mystery.

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An upper porch. The amount of light that the bright sun glancing off the courtyard brings in is quite something.

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For some reason I was having hell of problems keeping the camera strap out of shot today I mean here you basically cannot see anything else at all.

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Lovely painted trim, reminiscent of Engadin traditions.

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One outside wall of the estate.

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Some rather spooky-looking vineyard frames.

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An intriguing and attractive conglomeration of houses from Cugnasco.

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A well-used hearth.

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I think this blue stripe is fantastic. The little accents at the corners of the trim are nice too.

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Inside, there was a small passageway to an attic that was open and mirrored, and in the mirror you can see this rocking horse hanging from the ceiling. Inexplicable: yes. Creepy: deliciously!

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There's the camera strap again, upsetting an otherwise sweet shot of the houses with the Aare valley way down yonder.

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Here's a clearer shot of the valley. You can see the Meiringen airstrip receding to the left.

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This was a cute shaggy mule before the camera strap beheaded it.

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AAAUUGHHHHH