Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A superb moisturiser for less than 12 euro, is it possible?

Drinking water, eating fruit and vegetables, sleeping well and skin cleansing are excellent routines for healthy and beautiful skin.

But our faces also need a good moisturiser, which is why I want to talk about this certified 100% natural cosmetic and vegan formula from a German manufacturer.

I have been using Lavera cream, in alternation with other creams, for many years now and I truly love it.

I love the creamy (and not at all oily) texture of this cream, its gentle scent and its simple and practical packaging, Above all, I LOVE its price - less than Euro 12.00!

At the moment I am using these two along with the Caudelia serum.. They are my best skin care allies…

Lavera Basis Sensitive Moisturising Cream - Aloe Vera (50 ml)
*This intensive moisturiser for normal skin provides long-lasting moisture, soothes and softens the skin and makes it healthy and radiant as well as protecting against premature ageing.

Lavera Mattifying Balancing Cream with Organic Green Tea & Calendula (50 ml)
*For a matte complexion all day: this cream perfectly moisturises and reduces the brightness of the skin. With its harmonising properties, it regulates excess sebum for an even complexion.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Parc de la Mare and Signal de Bernex

Ona a grey, cloudy and rainy Sunday, we went to Parc de la Mare and its surrounding area to get some fresh air and stretch our legs.

This park, away from the city, has plenty of charm.  It is part of the territory of Bernex, a village with typical houses and many vineyard landscapes.

We climbed to the top of the Signal de Bernex, which is a hill that dominates the plain of the local area. It is the second highest point in the canton of Geneva and stands at 509.8 meters.
This area is well worth a visit for its nice observation point over Geneva and for a walk in the cute park garden with its marvellous pond.

Hope you enjoyed this tour.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Happy First Day of Autumn

Oops! I almost forgot about Autumn Day this month. The day just crept up on me. Can it really be the first day of Autumn?

Anyway, we are now in my favourite season…Stay tuned for nature's fashion show when my beloved city is covered with amazing tones of warm colours…

I'm looking to create a gorgeous photo album, it is truly cool to document all the different colours of the leaves and landscapes as they gradually change.

Happy Autumn to you all.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Healthy Yellow Drink

Today, instead of a cocktail recipe, I suggest a healthy drink to you. In the morning, after I turn on the radio, I like to start the day nicely by having my breakfast. I have got into the good habit of drinking a warm lemon tea. I squeeze half an untreated lemon and I add warm, easy and cheap. Then, I eat Birchermüesli (see my bio Swiss recipe from August 20, 2015).

I leave you with a few of the healthy effects of lemon.

1) It facilitates digestion, helps eliminate waste and toxins and fights bloating.

2) It purifies the urinary system because it is a diuretic.

3) It stimulates the immune system. Rich in vitamin C, potassium, citric acid, it helps combat colds, sore throat, etc.

4) It cleanses the skin. The vitamin C and other antioxidants it contains help to erase wrinkles and blemishes. The skin is brighter.

5) It gives energy and improves morale. The lemon aroma has energising powers that activate good humour. The smell of lemon juice helps reduce the level of anxiety and depressive symptoms.

6) It freshens breath, it relieves toothache and gum disease.

7) It helps to lose weight. It is an excellent appetite suppressant, in addition to being an excellent detoxifyer and anti-inflammatory.

Monday, 19 September 2016

To Lord Alfred Douglas by Oscar Wilde (1897 - Version 2009)

Only love, whatever its nature, can explain the enormous suffering in the world.
This is the tone of the letter written by Oscar Wilde to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, from his Reading prison cell, where he was serving a sentence for “gross indecency” with men (he had been convicted of sodomy). A victim of the destructive passion he felt for Douglas, a monster with an angel face whom he affectionately called “Bosie”, Wilde’s life is divided into two phases.  Before, he enjoyed the success and glory of a dandy. After, he endured the decline that culminated in humiliation and disgrace.
Albert Camus refers to this letter as “one of the most beautiful books born of the suffering of a man.”

Author: Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. A paradigm dandy, a spokesman for turn of the century aestheticism and the protagonist of scandals, Wilde enjoyed a huge reputation as a writer in Victorian society.
In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd and during the following years published several works in London. They had two sons.
Wilde became famous at the time, especially as a playwright with plays such as “A Woman of No Importance” and “An Ideal Husband”, to name but two.
In 1895 he moved a libel suit against the 9th Marquess of Queensberry, which resulted, in turn, with Wilde being prosecuted for gross indecency and being sentenced to two years of hard labour. After serving the sentence, Wilde left England for good.
Wilde lived in France and Italy, eventually settling in Paris, where he lived modestly under the name of Sébastien Melmoth until his death on 30 November 1900.

My thoughts: I remember walking around the centre of Porto in the summer of 2009 like it was yesterday. I was taken aback by the window of a bookstore: it was full of copies of “Carta a Bosie” proudly proclaiming itself “book of the month”.
I had to buy one, even if it was not in the original English version. Why? Because I have loved Oscar Wilde since my teens, when I read “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” and also the biography “L'affaire Oscar Wilde” by Odon Vallet, published in 1995.

This book is poignant; it touches your inner soul. On each page - especially at first - we feel the pain and disgust of Wilde. Towards the end of the book, he seems more serene and calm. Wilde writes letters from his prison cell to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie, a boy-man, 15 years his junior, with whom he had a lengthy, passionate and tumultuous love affair and who had made Wilde’s life a tragedy.
The vain, selfish, superficial and spoiled character of Lord Alfred Douglas, son of the unpleasant and gross Marquess of Queensberry, makes me think and believe that sometimes there are people born with bad genes and, as they have not known love, they do not know how to receive, give and be grateful for it. Thus, I think the book is the story of two tragedies.
This small volume of 108 pages reads like a personal diary.  In it, we discover Wilde’s and Douglas’s terribly destructive and mutually dependent love affair. Wilde paints a scathing portrait of Douglas: angry, hateful, manipulative, self-centred and irresponsible. Wilde tries to open Douglas's eyes to his mistakes with fatal consequences - it is, indirectly, Douglas who led Wilde to bankruptcy and imprisonment.
The book also focuses on Wilde’s prison conditions: the endless days, the permanent sadness, the loneliness, the pain in the body and, especially, the soul. It also tells of his divorce and the loss of his role as a father to his two beloved children, Cyril and Vyvyan.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Italian Tiramisu

Tiramisu is my favourite Italian dessert. The best one I ever tasted was prepared by my long-time friend O.R. She learned the recipe from her stepmother, who is from the south of Italy. She passed it on to me more than 20 years ago, when we were still students.... And I would like to share it with you, now. This is a convivial and gorgeous dessert, just perfect for the end of the summer days.

400g mascarpone
4 eggs
100g sugar
200g Boudoir biscuits (1 packet)
1 untreated lemon (zest)
1 bowl black coffee
100g bitter cocoa
2 tbsps grappa (optional)

In a bowl, mix the egg yolks with 50g of sugar until frothy; then add the mascarpone and the lemon zest.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites with the remaining 50g of sugar, then stir them gently, with a spatula, into the rest of the preparation.

Then prepare a strong coffee. Combine the coffee and grappa by pouring into a bowl.

In a rectangular dish, arrange the Boudoirs soaked in the coffee.

Cover with the mascarpone mixture. Sprinkle with bitter cocoa.

Refrigerate 24 hours.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Exploring the Village of Lutry

Lutry is a charming village with narrow streets and alleys. I like to visit Swiss villages and in this case we were blessed with its beautiful scenery, marvellous boutiques and antique shops and exquisite café-restaurants.

As we arrived by car, my attention was drawn to the Galerie Tango art gallery, owned by the artist Ms Liliane Zimmerman. We had a long chat with this very pleasant lady and discovered and admired her works.

Galerie Tango
Rue de l’Horloge 8
1295 Lutry
Open Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 - 18.00

Finding myself in this nice place, I thanked the Lord because He did not cheat us with nature. Everywhere we were surrounded by verdant trees, azure water and sky, and pleasant villagers.

Lutry vineyards

There are lots of beautiful narrow streets and alleys to explore with a lovely array of shops...

Gorgeous succulents from a cute flower shop...

Thank you for stopping by…Have a gorgeous Wednesday!!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Mangiare Italiano Ristorante Pizzeria

Sweetheart had been away and, as soon as he returned, we took the opportunity to go out for a date... have a drink, sit down to dinner and talk on a late summer afternoon. It was so good.

I chose this new Italian restaurant in Acacias which opened five months ago and is excellent.

Many very nice bars and restaurants seem to have opened recently in Acacias. Is this due to the prestigious companies (banks, interior designers etc.) that have been established there for some time now?  Anyway, the area has become very trendy and friendly...

This restaurant that we tried and liked is another one to join the list of newly opened eating houses. Mangiare Italiano is a sweet and charming Italian restaurant with a delicious menu and a dedication to local Italian produce. It has its own food laboratory for fresh pasta and dough, which always makes me feel very happy.

Here we were served classic Italian dishes with quality products in an elegant environment, different from the other Italian restaurants throughout the city. I would say that their motto is: refinement without fuss.

One thing I liked is the cachet of this restaurant ... There are three well harmonised areas: the bar, the back room and the middle/front room. In summer, you can enjoy the pretty courtyard terrace, as we did that day.

We started by toasting ourselves with an Aperol cocktail (Aperol, prosecco, sparkling water), then our friendly waiter brought us a selection of very tasty Focaccia.

Aperol cocktail - such stunning colours!

For our main courses, Sweetheart had the Spaghetti Alle Vongole, clams, garlic, cherry tomatoes, parsley, hot chili…. 

and I chose the Pizza La Gourmet, ham, buffalo mozzarella and spinach.

This Chocolate Tiramisu was amazing. I devoured it (okay - I did give a tiny spoonful to sweetheart just to taste…)

All the dishes were superb!

After dinner we strolled through Acacias to a bar, where we settled at the counter for a coffee. I adore these end of summer evenings, warm and fresh at the same time, with beautiful street lighting.

Mangiare Italiano
Route des Acacias 4
1227 Les Acacias - Geneva
Tram 15 - stop Acacias
Tél.: +41 22 300 62 15