In the Swiss citizen system states the hometown of every Swiss citizen. This system is quite old and thus 90% of Swiss have no connection with their official hometown. But in case you should become incapable to care for yourself, it is still this hometown that has to take care of you.
Even though I was born and raised in Zurich and neither my parents nor my grandparents ever lived in Appenzell, a small rural canton in eastern Switzerland, it is still my official hometown. I had to grow to 52 years to visit the place for the first time this weekend.
Appenzell is well renewed for its still intact direct democracy in the purest sense. When a poll on any theme is in order, the people of Appenzell meet at the central square in town and vote by holding their hands aloof. It was the last canton in Switzerland to introduce the right to vote to women, it was in shockingly 1971 that the Swiss government finally overruled the men of Appenzell and introduced it in Appenzell to. So quite a scary place to end up in the end ...
On the other hand, the canton is well known for its rich rural heritage with many old customs still alive. The decorated houses seen in this picture are a landmark of Appenzell to.
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korbee (6553) 2013-10-29 15:23
Ive seen some articles about the appenzeller culture Daniel,but I never knew about the housing style like in this village ,beatyful painting ..
An last but not least a very good autumn shot,I like the yellow carpet in the street ;=]
jan (51 yrs)
Always good to think about your roots if you come to a certain age ;=]
worldcitizen (5617) 2013-10-29 17:05
Smaller towns can be so picturesque. The architecture is traditional and colorful, and it's wonderful to spend time viewing it. These particular buildings are lovely, and I also like the rainy atmosphere. The wet street is nice, and so is the yellow carpet made by the falling leaves. It's definitely amazing that women couldn't vote here until 1971! I wonder why they didn't protest a bit more to get the vote earlier...
PaulVDV (17243) 2013-10-29 20:24
Very beautiful houses with well decorated facades.
The yellow leaves add a nice autumn aspect and create a strong contrast with the dark wet street.
I think I would have cropped a bit of the foreground.
Best regards, Paul
Nicou (105767) 2013-10-29 21:48
Fantastique vue c jaune qui ressort cet arbre et son tapis d'orient de feuilles jaunes tombées c'est merveilleux quelle compo et iamge quel captage et vue sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
Kugart (1770) 2013-10-30 2:18
An interesting insight into the Swiss political system and traditions.you present here a scene of a corner of a beautiful looking little village with the buildings so well kept, the people must take a lot of pride in the appearance of them. Nice capture on a dull wet day with nice colours and the tree and leaves on the ground really stand out.
holmertz (31260) 2013-10-30 3:29
This is a very pretty view with well kept houses and beautiful colours. The yellow tree and the heap of leaves covering the ground are outstanding and eye-catching features. Your interesting note tells us some amazing things about Switzerland. Possible modernity and traditions go hand in hand here more than in most European countries.
saxo042 (33912) 2013-10-30 9:12
The wet street provides some reflections here and the yellow leaves, that seem to have just being rinsed away from the tree, add a very good colour. There is a fine colour balance between the tree, the leaves and the beautifully decorated houses. A very attractive picture.
macjake (45588) 2013-10-30 11:29
well, thats quite the note!
amazing to think people come to the square and simply raise their hand in order to vote. That way you know which people voted for what, its not secret.
and how on earth did women not have the right to vote until 1971, yikes!
great story and peak into the culture here.
a fine autumn photo to go along with it.
nicely done, a perfect post for TE
SnapRJW (23602) 2013-10-30 23:38
Hello Daniel - My mind finds it difficult to grasp the fact that this shot is a result of your first ever visit to your hometown... that seems bizarre to me but a very interesting and instructive note. So .... by the looks of it your hometown is very lovely with attractive, traditional buildings. Thanks to the wet weather you have some lovely reflections on the ground and the carpet of yellow leaves and autumn-hued tree make a wonderful FP. Nicely seen and well managed shot. Warm regards Rosemary
subhendu_bagchi (21024) 2013-10-31 2:28
wow! A nice view with those beautiful buildings. Nice composition. Depth and clarity are superb. Pleasant colours all around the frame. Excellent catch. Tfs.
Silvio1953 (105467) 2013-10-31 11:01
Ciao Daniel, great view of fantastic houses, lovely composition with fascinating reflections, wonderful autuimnal colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (20772) 2013-10-31 13:49
Looks like autumn has arrived and with the rain. I like the contrast between the autumn colors against the buildings. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
delpeoples (48592) 2013-11-01 4:37
Salut cher Daniel
What a strange system and I have learnt something new and unusual today. The colours and reflections are stunning. I love that splash of gold. The only small criticism I have is that the roof is cut a bit too tightly. But this is a small matter.
Thanks for sharing this fascinating photo
bukitgolfb301 (32622) 2013-11-01 17:43
Hi Bonsior dear Daniel
Sorry for my late reaction as so busy recently.
Wow another greatly fantastic seasonal posting presenting so well one secne for Autumn in your own special way. Outstanding sharpness and perefct framework is your trademark as usual.
All the best and have a good weekend! Takero
fabbs99 (11102) 2013-11-01 23:05
Lovely scene from the street with cute buildings.The fresh rains and the strewn flowers gives this place an image of romanticism. Very well done, TFS.
Energysavingelk (725) 2013-11-07 12:43
it was a difficult decision whether to cut off the lowest 20 percent of the image (and thus emphasize the yellow tree and leaves) or refrain from cutting and allow the full reflection of the houses to appear in the frame.
I assume I would have cropped, as I don't like gullies.
BTW: Have been to Geneva last weekend, it was great, as usual. Seems to become my third residence...
Einen schönen Abend
mesutilgim (72978) 2013-11-09 7:38
Amazing autumnal scenery quite unusual than the similar ones here at TE ; autumn in the town rather than in forest. The fallen yellow leafs of the tree on wet Street creates a perfect effect. Nice fassades.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TYS and have a nice weekend
adores (30817) 2013-11-10 4:04
A really beautiful autumn shot! I like the wet ground with the carpet of yellow leaves and reflections. The architecture is very beautiful also.
claudeD (26946) 2013-11-11 9:05
very fine colors and perfect light managment for this very interesting picture. Very good sharpnesss and clarity.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxcembourg
Romano46 (11461) 2013-11-11 9:17
questa ripresa autunnale è straordinaria per come riflette a perfezione il clima autunnale.
L'albero e le foglie che la pioggia ha trascinato al suolo rimpieno con il loro giallo parte della composizione e diventano oggetto della foto, mentre l'asfalto divenuto lucente grazie alla pioggia appare si è trasformato in uno specchio che riflette le case ed il cielo dando un perfetto equilibrio alla composizione.
Nitidezza eccellente e colori molto delicati la rendono di grande qualità.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
adramad (30905) 2013-11-14 13:06
A wonderful composition, splendid facades group, the rain on the pavement gives some nice reflections and that tree with yellow leaves add a touch fantastic.
A splendid work, with good light, as well as perfect clarity, all this makes us enjoy this beautiful image.
Have a good night.
mcmtanyel (5219) 2013-11-14 19:20
The Turkish census bureau works in a similar way. Everyone belongs to a specific census log, usually in the place where one's ancestors lived. Now in the Turkish system, one may transport one's records to a new place but almost no one does it. For example, I was born in Ankara, lived most of my life in Turkey in Istanbul, but my census log is in Nazilli, the town where my dad's father was registered, though he, too, lived in Istanbul. I had heard that the civil code for the Republic of Turkey had been adopted from the Swiss code, I wonder if that has anything to do with the similarity.
Anyway, a beautiful photo of your ancestral town. From the thumbnail, I was afraid this was a photo of a flood, but I am happy to see that it's just a wet street.
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-11-18 18:38
Daniel, what a magnificent note and what a fabulous picture!!
I really like your work here, very nicely done and a very beautiful theme!!
all the best
SWEETFREEDOM (19926) 2013-11-23 12:01
i have visited this town in spring many years ago, i like this autumn shot with beautiful fall colors.
nice buildings too.
s_lush (16048) 2013-11-28 4:57
Due to the well designed and artistically decorated houses and bright-yellow deciduous leaves, your picture looks very colorful and attractive, despite the gloomy weather at the moment of capturing. Excellent composition, nice reflections in the wet pavement, beautiful colors and perfect quality of the image!