Monday, 27 February 2017

Yvan Larsen - Sculpter la vie. Une Rétrospective.

Hello everyone!

I hope you are well. Today’s post is a cultural suggestion, a pleasant and free programme to follow during these grey winter days.

Recently, my great friend B. and I went to visit the new temporary exhibition which runs until 2 April 2017 at the Musée de Carouge. The museum is presenting a retrospective of the work of the Geneva artist Yvan Larsen, born in 1924.

Yvan Larsen is strongly linked to Carouge: five of his animal sculptures are on show in public places in the town.

In this exhibition, we can admire sculptures that Yvan Larsen created throughout his life, together with drawings and archive photographs. It is a celebration of a rich, long and varied career.

Although interested in the human figure and, in addition, capturing almost abstract forms, he is above all known for his animal sculptures.

At the outset, Yvan Larsen represents mostly the human figure, either as a full statue or a bust. Little by little, the animal takes a larger place. The artist is, moreover, strongly influenced by Egyptian art which pushes him to simplify and purify the end result of his work.

Finally, it is objects from the plant world or representations of insects, bordering on   abstraction, that occupy him.

Musée de Carouge
Place de Sardaigne 2
1227 Carouge
Opening hours to the public: Tuesday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm
Free admission

After the visit to the museum, we strolled a little in Carouge and had a long cake stop at Martel. To choose a cake here is mission impossible. In the end, I took a sexy St-Honoré and my friend chose an Opéra. She devoured her choice in a flash... hahahaha... We chatted and chatted as old friends do.

I hope you enjoyed this visit to the museum.

Lots of love

Friday, 24 February 2017

Cuba Libre Cocktail

Ingredients for 1 person
6 cl Cuban Rum
4 cl Lime juice
15 cl Coca-Cola

Make the “Cuba Libre” directly in a tumbler.
Pour the lime juice and rum on ice cubes, then add Coca-Cola. Stir slowly. Decorate with a slice of lime.

History of “Cuba Libre”
This simple and prestigious cocktail was created in 1900 just after the Second War of Independence between the United States and Spain (1895 to 1898). Two years after the war, in 1900, a captain and his troop of American soldiers met in a bar in the Old Quarter of Havana. The captain had ordered rum and Coca-Cola (which had just been imported into Cuba) on ice, with a quarter of a lime.
This awakened the curiosity of the soldiers who were accompanying him. They asked the barman to serve them the same cocktail. When the soldiers ordered a second round, a soldier suggested a toast to “Cuba Libre!” (Free Cuba!), to celebrate the liberation of Cuba.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Naturaline Edelweiss Anti-Ageing Day Cream for Combination Skin

In early November, I took advantage of a 20% promotion at Coop City to let myself be tempted by this Naturaline cream which is certified by ECOCERT - 99.6% of the total ingredients are of natural origin and are from organic farming in Switzerland.

I have been using this anti-ageing day cream, which contains edelweiss extract, and I can tell you that it is every bit as good as more well-known brands.

I like the fact that its texture is very creamy but it does not leave a greasy film on the face. It is odourless and it moisturises and revitalises my skin well.

I am therefore delighted help you to discover it. It is always a pleasure to talk about very good products, unknown to you, but whose value for money makes them accessible to all. Its price is CHF 12.95 for a 50ml pot.

If you visit Switzerland, give these excellent quality products from Naturaline natural cosmetics a chance. There are branches of Coop City all over the country.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Le Carabin - Lusitanian Seafood Restaurant

Here on my blog, I always like leaving some suggestions of programmes to follow: restaurants, hotels, museums, shopping and getaways.

Early February, I suggested to Sweetheart that we have lunch in an attractive looking Lusitanian seafood restaurant. I discovered this address when I had passed in front of it a while ago. I took one look at the menu and was immediately seduced by it. Their specialities are different kinds of seafood freshly delivered every day.

This little gem is located discreetly in the Hospital neighbourhood and 15 minutes’ walk from Geneva downtown. I love the minimalist decor, in black, grey and white, with two large paintings hanging on the walls, on each side of the room. The atmosphere was very zen.

As I had in mind to review this place (unless the food turned out to be a disappointment), I arrived a bit earlier than Sweetheart and the customers to take a few photos and had a little chat with Mr Lourenço, the very charming owner. He told me that he opened his restaurant thirteen years ago and redecorated it five years ago. This is a family business; Mr Lourenço is not only the owner but also the chef and the staff are all members of his family. I LOVE that…

After Sweetheart arrived, we ordered a very good bottle of Vinho Verde and the waiter brought us a mixed salad as a starter.

As a main course I ordered “Crevettes Géantes Flambées au Cognac”. They were fresh and perfectly prepared and served with leeks and perfume rice.

Sweetheart enjoyed “Médaillons de Lotte à la Vodka”.

To finish in style, we both had a wonderful dessert, a traditional “Flan Maison”.

We found the food refined and the service efficient, courteous and warm - and let me tell you that we will return soon to taste more of the wonderful specialties on the menu.

This was a splendid lunch break - exactly what we needed to escape the stress and rush of the day. Beautiful!

Restaurant Le Carabin
Boulevard de la Cluse 51
1205 Genève
Tél.: +41 22 320 8390
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Sunday evening.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Street Art in Geneva

Hello Ladies and Gents

I hope you have spent a good week and that you are looking forward to having a fun weekend.

For my part, I do not have a big programme in prospect. I have my Saturday routine (spa, swimming, pampering) and my long walks in my beautiful little town.

Speaking of Geneva, every day (week, month) I discover beautiful things. About a month ago I ventured into a shaded road and, guess what?! I came across this street art in a run down area. It is between the neighbourhoods of Acacias and Jonction. I love what these young people do, putting colour and cheerfulness into a not very sexy place. 

What do you think? Which one do you prefer?

Pictures taken with my very old smartphone early in the morning.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Outsider by Albert Camus (1942)

“When the bell rang again and the door of the box opened, it was the silence of the room that rose towards me, the silence, and this singular sensation that I had when I noticed that the young journalist had averted his eyes. I did not look towards Mary. I did not have the time because the president told me in a bizarre way that I would have my head cut off in a public place in the name of the French people...”

Author: Albert Camus was a French writer and philosopher born on November 7, 1913 in Mondovi in Algeria. The second child of a modest family, he never knew his father, who died during the First World War. His mother, of Spanish origin, was half deaf and almost illiterate. Camus was marked by the disadvantaged environment in which he lived with his mother and brother. He discovered a passion for writing which helped him to fill the emptiness in his life. The Outsider was Albert Camus’s first novel.  Camus enjoyed great success as a writer and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. In January 1960, at the age of 46, he was killed in a car accident in the company of his editor friend Michel Gallimard.

My thoughts: Anyone who has read this book will remember the famous opening lines of Camus’s novel. They set the tone for what will follow:

“Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.”
Strangely this sentence does not sound extraordinary in English
“My mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know.”

This is the first book that I read this year, in January. I loved each of its 183 pages. I found it easy to read and very entertaining and I highly recommend it to you. The main character, “l'Etranger”, alias Meursault, is a young man who lives in insensitivity and indifference. He is not very talkative and mixes little with society, so he is “foreign” to the world which surrounds him.

Meursault (the narrator) receives a telegram announcing the death of his mother. He immediately takes two days leave and leaves Algiers in the direction of Marengo (80km away) to attend his mother’s funeral. She lived in one of the old peoples’ homes in that town. Back in Algiers, he meets Marie Cardona, a former work colleague, who will become his mistress. Meursault strikes up a friendship with his next-door neighbour, Raymond. The latter had been in a fight with the brother of his mistress because he suspects her of cheating on him. He therefore asks Meursault to help him to write a letter to avenge himself.

Invited by Raymond to spend a Sunday in his seaside hut, Meursault goes there with Marie. Two Arabs, one of whom is the brother of Raymond’s mistress, are looking for a fight on the beach, but nothing occurs. A little later Meursault sees the Arabs again and he kills one (by accident) with Raymond’s pistol. He is arrested, tried, and condemned to death.

The novel is structured in two parts. The first traces the daily life of Meursault after he learns of the death of his mother until the he commits the murder on the beach. The second part describes his life in prison and the phases of his trial until his death sentence.

In this story we meet funny, strange and endearing characters. Marie Cardona who is the mistress of Meursault. Raymond Sintès who is the best friend of Meursault and also his next door neighbour. The elderly Salamano the second neighbour on Meursault’s landing, who has lived with his dog for eight years. Céleste who is the owner of the restaurant where Meursault eats. Emmanuel who is the colleague with whom Meursault often eats. Perez who is the only man who cried upon the death of Meursault’s mother and who becomes a witness at the trial of the man who had not mourned the death of his own mother.