Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts

Monday, 16 October 2017

The cases that haunt us by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker (2000)

Of the many horrendous crimes that have been committed over the years, certain criminal cases seem to have lives of their own. Despite the passage of time, they continue their hold on our collective imagination, and our collective fears. For some reason, each of these cases and the stories surrounding them touches something deep in the human condition, whether it be the personalities involved, the senseless depravity of the crime, the nagging and persistent doubts about whether justice was actually done, or the tantalising fact that no none was caught…

 “Each of these cases we’ll be examining in this book has been extremely controversial, and in each case that controversy has continued. And each of these cases contains some universal truth at its base to which we can all relate. Taken together, they present a panorama of human behaviour under extreme stress and an inevitable commentary on good and evil, innocence and guilt, expectation and surprise.”

Author: John Douglas is known throughout the worldwide law enforcement community for his unsurpassed expertise in the realm of criminal personality profiling and modern investigative analysis. Mark Olshaker is an acclaimed novelist specialised in thrillers. Both men live in the Washington, D.C. area.

My thoughts: This is a very good book and an exhaustive look into some of the most notorious criminal cases. This book has a scientific approach (based on both psychological analysis and investigative work). The storyteller is engaging.
I was very young when I first heard of Jack the Ripper and I thought it was a tale akin to stories of monsters and witches. It possessed all the classic elements: a man emerging from the shadows wearing a cape, attacking woman and then vanishing without a trace, spreading fear in the city, a hunt put in place to catch him without success…It was much later, though, in my late teens, that I learnt, sadly, that it was a story about real crimes. While I was a student in London, I never went to the Whitechapel area (I cannot explain why…).  Brick Lane, a historic street in this district, is now a popular place for great Indian food. I recently went for some excellent Indian/Pakistani food there and strolled the infamous streets…
There has been much speculation, with somebody claiming to have discovered Ripper’s true identity on a regular basis. A multitude of books have been written about him, groups of Ripper amateur investigators have been created, films based on the case have been made, and so on. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

September Monthly Round Up

LIFE LATELY: In early September, I went for a long stroll around Lake Geneva. I can’t express enough how much nature enriches my life. I adore writing posts about landscapes and strolls and I will continue to write about /photograph such things.

Villa Bartholoni at the Mon Repos Park overlooking Lake Geneva

Promenade du Lac by Lake Geneva

Fountain in the Jardin Anglais

Lake Geneva public beach in Eaux-Vives (Baby Plage). During the summer I loved taking a dip in the lake and sunbathing here. Swimming in this vivid water where the surrounding mountains are reflected is magical. This beach, composed of small pebbles, is an invitation to relax in the heart of Geneva.

That bank holiday weekend, the beach was empty, except for this courageous baby who came to wet his feet and this young man who came to sunbathe.

The Statue of La Bise by the sculptor Alfred Henri König, located on the Quai Gustave-Ador in Eaux-Vives.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS: I have renewed my stock of lipsticks; I picked up these two shades at The Body Shop “Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick Mauritius Dahlia 017” and “Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick Hahiti Hibiscus”.
I am fond of this season’s hottest lip colour trend. The creamy Matte Lip Liquid provides intense colour and a soft matte finish. The liquid lipstick is long-lasting, lightweight and lusciously soft.

PASTRY SHOP: Boulangerie des Bains (65, Rue des Bains). I am ashamed to say it, but I went past this bakery several times without ever stopping... it is while reading the newspaper that I learnt that Pierre and Jean (the pastry chefs) had twice won the prestigious Swiss Bakery Trophy which is the largest and most important contest of the bakery/confectionery industry in Switzerland.

I went there to pick up some cakes, I chose Blue (cherry almond mousse) and Red (fruit of the woods mousse) for our dessert at home. What a beautiful discovery!!!

BOOKS: When I need to unwind after a stressful day, I love to go to my local library to check their new book acquisitions and book releases. That day, I borrowed two books “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” by Mordecai Richler and “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” by Melanie Hausser (I will review this book soon).

WHAT I’VE BEEN READING: I re-read a fantastic book on the Tsar’s Family and Grigori Rasputi “Rasputin’s Daughter” by Robert Alexander. I really liked this book (first read in 2006) which I find has extraordinary depth and suspense. If you are a big fan of historical fiction and historical novels, you will love this book. This novel takes us into those turbulent days in the wake of the Russian Revolution, the strong relationship of the Romanovs with Rasputin, Rasputin’s family life and his final days. This is a captivating narrative about intrigue and conspiracy that reveals the shocking truth of Maria’s father’s end and the identity of those who participated in it.

RESTAURANTS: With lots of “escapades”, restaurant reviews have been a little forgotten these past months. But I had a few yummy meals in some lovely restaurants. I especially liked “Wine & Beef Fusterie”, a trendy restaurant in the heart of Geneva. As someone who is incredibly passionate about brasserie food, this was a perfect choice for an end of summer night out.

Before dinner at “Wine & Beef”, while waiting for Sweetheart, I went for an aperitif at “Thimothy Oulton & Lounge” which has an “oh so British” style and feel. Valter, the manager, spoiled me with lots of attention (a great welcome) and, while sipping a Cosmopolitan long drink I read a few pages of The Swans of Fifth Avenue! “Thimothy Oulton & Lounge” (42, rue du Rhône) is the perfect place to end a wonderful evening date with live music…

GENEVA BY NIGHT: That day the Jet d’Eau was dressed in pink in solidarity with breast cancer sufferers.

So what’s next? It is Sweetheart’s birthday soon and I’m looking forward to it. Apart from that, I actually don’t have anything else planned... at least at the time I am writing this post!!

Monday, 2 October 2017

In the Forest by Edna O’Brien (2002)

My thoughts: Lately, I have been trying to get through a big pile of books on my bookshelves, but sometimes I put aside my resolutions. That happened when I saw a book at the local library that pleased me enormously - In the Forest by Edna O’Brien.

When I first read a novel by the great Irish writer, Edna O’Brien, I immediately fell in love with her writing style. I found Edna O’Brien’s writing poetic, elegant, refined, enchanting and mesmerising.

In the Forest is based on a true story that took place in County Clare, Ireland in 1994.

The novel tells the story of Eily Ryan, a beautiful, bohemian and naïve woman and her son, Maddie, a vivid, sweet boy. Both were found dead in Cloosh Wood. The murderer is Michen O’Keane, nicknamed the Kinderschreck by a German man from whom he stole a gun. He had had an awful childhood, filled with abuse, rape and rejection. As a young adult, Michen had mainly known life in orphanages, prison and the woods.

This novel is a story of horror and sorrow, written in one long flashback, broken up into named chapters. Right from the beginning, we know that Eily, her son Maddie and Father John Fitzgerald are going to be murdered, but we don’t know the circumstances under which these murders will occur. This makes the whole story thrilling and full of suspense. When the tragedy happens, we feel horror and sadness...I had to put the book down until the next day because I felt extremely moved and anguished. The next day I finished it.

In the Forest is a very dark and yet beautifully written book.

This is the second O’Brien novel that I have read. The first was “The Little Red Chairs”.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Author Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay, Devon, South West England on September 15, 1890. She is one of the most famous detective writers of all time and is known as the “Queen of Crime”. She wrote her first novel in 1920. Her most famous characters are Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Agatha Christie grew up surrounded by a succession of strong and independent women from an early age. She was married twice and had a daughter. She died in 1976.

In a career which spanned over 55 years, Agatha Christie wrote over 70 novels and more than a dozen plays. Her superbly written detective stories are “unputdownable”. I’ve been a big fan of her novels since I was a teenager. I read her books one after another and I have loved all of them - that is why I suggest you discover her novels. In terms of crime novels, there is no denying that there is Agatha and then there are the others! My favourite book by Agatha Christie is And Then There Were None (1939) which I have reviewed already.

My thoughts about And Then There Were None: With this novel, again, Agatha Christie signs a brilliant puzzle that leaves the reader breathless and disoriented until final outcome. I love the atmosphere, the captivating plot, the quintessential British touch and the inescapable tea time. I love the overall ambience of those afternoon teas; the warm and comfortable event where guests feel welcomed and inclined to confidences and chatter…And most of all the final twist… justice has been done…shush!!!!!!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Author John Fante

John Fante was born on April 8, 1909 in Devon, Colorado. He wrote about writing and the people and places where he lived and worked, which included Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, the Bunker Hill district of downtown Los Angeles, California, as well as various homes in Hollywood and Malibu. Diabetes cost him his eyesight and led to the amputation of both of his legs. He died in 1983.

John Fante is a great author (but little known, at least in Europe). We can perceive his talent in his lyrical descriptions of Los Angeles, California (where most of his novels are set) and his vivid and somehow cynical portraits of his touching characters.

When I first read John Fante in July 2006, I instantly fell in love with his writing style and his universe. Within a few months I had read many of his books. My favourite is Ask the Dust (1939) which I have already reviewed. That said, I have loved all of Fante’s books. That is why I suggest you discover his novels.

My thoughts about Ask the Dust: This is an intense book which is easy to read. It made me want to read it again and, indeed, I have read it twice. The main character in this book is Bandini.  He encapsulates the entire history of an Italian immigrant childhood: the misery, the humiliation of the cheated mother and the beatings of the father. I have considered the possibility that Bandini is Fante, sitting in that dour Bunker Hill apartment, reflecting on a hard life of devastating failures punctuated by occasional successes. Bandini is a young man, among so many other aspiring writers. He only wrote a few books, leading a life in dingy hotel rooms and inspired by sensual love.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Indiana Gothic by Pope Brock (1999)

When Pope Brock discovered the truth behind the dramatic death of his great-grandfather, Ham Dillon, he travelled to Indiana to discover more about his family’s buried history. This is the extraordinary result.
A sweeping, powerful true story that reads like the best fiction, Indiana Gothic is the tale of two married sisters living in the poor, pious American midwest at the turn of the century. Bored, beautiful Allie falls in love with her sister’s charismatic husband and a reckless affair ensues. Encompassing adultery, scandal and a sensational murder trial, this is a haunting love story that echoes across the generations.

Author: Pope Brock was born in Atlanta, Georgia, raised primarily in Baltimore, and graduated from Harvard University in 1971. After training in New York as an actor, he became a freelance journalist, and has written for the American editions of Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stones, Life and several other magazines. Brock lives in New York, with his wife and has twin girls.

My thoughts: Indiana Gothic is an atmospheric and gripping read. This is a fictional novel based on true events that Brock re-created from a few surviving documents and a lot of imagination. It is the story of a family betrayal (adultery) that led to a murder in rural America of the early 20th century.

Allie and Maggie Thompson are two somewhat rival sisters. When they were young, they promised themselves never to marry farmers. They had a happy childhood in a good family. Allie married her teacher, Link Hale, and founded a family. Maggie married Albert Hamlet Dillon (aka Ham Dillon) and started a family. The two sisters lived far apart and, with time, the desire to get closer to each other, to create strong family ties, becomes stronger. So, Allie and her husband Link move to Elnora in Idaho. Ham, the brother-in-law, offers a teaching position to Link. Ham is pleasant and sophisticated. He is handsome, charismatic, educated and ambitious, qualities to which his sister-in-law, Allie, will soon succumb, the more so since she is locked in a joyless marriage to the depressive Link Hale.

These two are undeniably made for each other. They fall in love and have a passionate and long-lasting affair. All is well until the day the two lovers decide to have a baby. The baby is born sooner than expected, if Link was the father. He is different from his brothers and sisters. In addition, he was to be called Albert Hamlet Dillon (a name suggested by Ham during a family dinner). All of these factors gradually aroused the suspicions of Link, the cheated husband... The countdown to the murder, which takes place eighteen months later, has started...

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Lady with Lapdog & Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Today, I wanted to suggest an author whom I adore. Although his stories are dramatic, he has a somewhat humorous way of writing that warms the heart: it is his great art. So my dear readers, I will be frequently posting little reviews of the short stories of Anton Chekhov. Here is the first episode.

The Chemist’s Wife by Anton Chekhov (1886)
The young wife of the chemist cannot sleep. Her husband Chernomordik snores. She gets bored and feels upset, oppressed.

In the night she hears the footsteps of two men, two officers approaching. It is the doctor and the young officer Obtiossov. Passing the chemist’s shop, they decide to go in, despite the late hour, because the chemist’s wife is to their liking.

They buy her mint lozenges and then Seltz water. They talk amiably, want wine. She drinks with them, she is cheerful and momentarily escapes her loneliness. They flatter her... It is getting late and they leave with regret.

Once in the street, Obtiossov returns to the store and rings the bell again, hoping perhaps to talk more with her or to pay her court... But it is her husband who comes to serve him. His wife was much attracted by the officer, but her husband was unaware.

And here is the chemist’s wife of this little town, who repeats with bitter tears “How unhappy I am, how unhappy I am - and no one knows”

Author: Anton Pavlovitch Chekhov was born on 17 January 1860 in Taganrog, a port of Azov in southern Russia. He was a Russian playwright and short story writer and is considered to be the greatest writer of fictional short stories ever. In 1886 he graduated in medicine and practised as a medical doctor in Moscow, whilst writing in parallel. Chekhov died of tuberculosis in July 1904, he was 44 years old.

My thoughts: This book, re-edited in 2016 by Folio Classique, contains 15 short stories, each with a common theme, namely women, indeed the book is dedicated “to the kingdom of women”. In his work one finds happy women, even more unhappy ones and also bitches, even criminals. Their common point is that they are misunderstood women, very alone, aspiring to another life and not knowing how to change their existence.
Anton Chekhov was a little misogynous, cold and taciturn and with an unparalleled sense of humour (albeit very cynical, I must confess). Chekhov tended to believe that he wrote comic stories, even when he drew tears from his readers and, thus, he was astonished to learn that great Russian writers, such as Léon Tolstoï, had read “Douchetchka” four times in the same day saying that this short story had made him more intelligent.
This is not surprising, since Anton Chekhov drew his inspiration from real life models. Moreover, some of his friends and acquaintances were angry with him for having dared to take inspiration from a part of their life.
Finally, did you know that we owe this famous aphorism to Anton Chekhov: “If you fear solitude, do not marry.” In my opinion, this gives an accurate image of Chekhov’s attitude towards women. But for my part, I love this great author: his books and short stories are a real treat.
It is for this reason that I decided to publish here, over the coming months, brief summaries of the stories I prefer. Perhaps this review has aroused you curiosity?
For my part, they go right to my heart with their mixture of romanticism and nostalgia.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1975)

The beautiful, spoiled and bored Olivia, married to a civil servant, outrages society in the tiny, suffocating Indian town of Satipur by eloping with an Indian prince. This is her story and that of her step-granddaughter who, fifty years later, goes back to the heat, the dust and the squalor of the bazaars to solve the enigma of Olivia’s scandal.

Author: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, was born on 7 May 1927 in Cologne in Germany to Jewish parents. After moving to India in 1951, she married an Indian architect. The couple lived in New Delhi, and had three daughters. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala began then to elaborate her experiences in India and wrote novels and tales on Indian subjects. She lived in Britain where her family took refuge in 1939 and became a British citizen. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala died in her home in New York City, where she had moved in later life, on 3 April 2013 at the age of 85.

My thoughts: This fictional historical novel was on my bookshelf for over twenty years. I read it before Easter this year and I wondered how it was that I had forgotten it all these years…Anyway, I loved this powerful gem of 181 pages, a winner of the Booker Prize in 1975.

The story takes place in India in 1923 in the English community. The narrator, Olivia’s step-granddaughter, easily switches from the past to the present, to tell us the story of Olivia and to recount her own personal search for spirituality in India. One gets an insight into the culture, customs and difficulties encountered by expats or travellers in search of wisdom, peace and spirituality, as well as learning about the scandal that took place in the 1920’s concerning Olivia, the first wife of the narrator’s grandfather.
I loved the two worlds described in the book, but I preferred the story of the old era - its characters are picturesque.
The main character, Olivia is married to Douglas, a very educated, noble man who is a workaholic and is obviously incapable of understanding his wife’s needs. Olivia is very feminine, she loves playing the piano and reading, but often feels bored and is not enthusiastic towards the British community. At a dinner party, she meets the Nawab and gradually becomes attracted to him. The Nawab is the opposite of her husband Douglas. The Nawab is the prince of Khatm. He is both an exciting man and one who knows how to influence people to his advantage. He is a man with few noble values and, therefore, is disliked by the majority of the British community, with the exception of a very few people, such as Olivia and Harry, everyone’s best friend. The latter is a handsome homosexual, who is a helpful and sensitive person in whom Olivia confides.

To sum up, this is a wonderfully profound and pleasant read. In case you wonder, Olivia ends up leaving her husband for the promise of an exciting life with the Nawab...

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (2016)

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.
He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult. Because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or can’t meet for lunch - without Jack - even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.
Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

Author:  B.A. Paris is from a Franco/Irish background and was born in 1958. She was brought up in England and moved to France when she was 21. She spent some years working as a trader in an international bank before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school with her husband. They still live in France and have five daughters. Her first novel “Behind Closed Doors” was published in 2016 and became a tremendous bestseller.

My thoughts: After reading “The Breakdown”, which is the second book by B.A. Paris, I wanted to read this one, which is her first novel. I read it in early April and I loved it. But, to be honest, I prefer by far the first one I read. “Behind Closed Doors” is a superb psychological domestic thriller, but best suited as a summer read.

It is a surprising and suffocating story but without any spectacular twists. It is a “huis clos”, as its title evokes. It makes us think how much we know about the people we choose to marry and how much we know about the secrets of our friends and acquaintances…

It's the story of an apparently perfect couple – with the looks, career, money, a beautiful house and, as they say here, “with all the superficial things that matter”. How appearances can be deceptive!
Jack is a handsome, brilliant and dedicated lawyer and a loving husband. Grace is an elegant and gracious hostess and a devoted wife. They live in the most beautiful house in the village and they often travel to Thailand and go on getaways around the country. They are also such altruistic people; they look after Grace’s sister named Millie who has Down’s syndrome. How on earth don’t they get sympathy from us? Well, the reality is, in very subtle ways, as scary and sinister as it can be. As you know, I never give away a plot in my reviews, but put the words captive and psychopath together and you know what this domestic thriller is all about.

Monday, 15 May 2017

EDIE An American Biography by Jean Stein edited with George Plimpton (1982)

Born into a wealthy New England family. Edie Sedgwick became, in the 1960s, both an emblem of, and a memorial to, the doomed world spawned by Andy Warhol. Edie was outrageous, vulnerable and strikingly beautiful. Her childhood was dominated by a brutal but glamorous father. Fleeing to New York, she became an instant celebrity, known to everyone in the literary, artistic and fashionable worlds of the day. She was Warhol’s twin soul, his creature, the superstar of his films and, finally, the victim of a life which he created for her. Edie is an American fable on an epic scale - the story of a short, crowded and vivid life which is also the story of a decade.

Author: Jean Stein is an American author born into a Jewish family in 1934 in Los Angeles, California. Jean has worked as an editor for a number of magazines, including “The Paris Review” and “Esquire”. She is co-author, with George Plimpton, of “American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy” and in 1990 she became the editor of the literary journal “Grand Street”, until it ceased publication in 2004. It was described by The New York Times as “one of the most revered literary magazines of the postwar era”.

Author: George Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927 in New York City and he died in September 2003 at 76 years. George was an author, an actor and a literary patron. In 1953 he co-founded “The Paris Review” and published many books, including “Truman Capote” and “The Bogey Man”, to name but a few.

My thoughts: I’m so excited to talk to you about Edie, I mean about a book devoted to her short, intense and chaotic life. In the life of Edie there has been worldwide success and fatal degradation. Even though Edie was surrounded by a huge group of friends, acquaintances and members of her large family, she felt alone and unloved.

Edie was the muse of the great artist Andy Warhol - a character I call opportunist and who was described as a manipulator by many members of The Factory.
The Factory was an artists’ studio opened by Andy Warhol in 1964 and located in New York. It was used for the production of Warhol’s pop art works, the making of films and concerts and many party celebrations were held there too.

Returning to Edie, she felt a great emptiness in her life which drove her to get lost in the world of the night: alcohol, parties and drugs, lots of hard drugs. She died prematurely at the age of 28 years from an overdose of barbiturates. Strangely, Edie always knew she wouldn’t live long, according to her close friends. A gipsy, she said, read her palm and told her she had a short lifeline.

Edie had loneliness as an enemy. That came from her childhood as one of many offspring of one of the most prestigious rich and successful old American families: the Minturns, the Forests, the Sedgwicks.

She grew up with her many siblings on the family ranch where she never really felt at home. As a young teenager she was interned in an institution for anorexia. There were rumours of incest involving her father. The family lived in a closed circle, and always displayed a happy air, a facade. Knowing the self destructive fate reserved for some members of Edie’s family, one understands that there was a great lack of love.

In short, (if not I will write a thousand pages... hahaha...), I would say that this book is very rich in details of the American society of the sixties. We also learn about pop culture. This richly documented biography tells us historical facts about the USA, since Edie’s family was strongly linked to the history of the United States of America.
It is written in a pertinent and sincere way with the intervention and testimonies of people who worked at the Factory and members of her family, including a historian.

Edie moved me: a shy, generous, naive girl, very intelligent and gifted in the arts and terribly touching with huge black eyes and a bewitching regard... that’s how I perceive her. In addition to being the greatest model of all time, Edie created, rather than followed fashion. Her trademarks: dark eye make-up, large earrings, black opaque tights, a touch of glitter and all that enhanced by her natural grace. Her full name was Edith Minturn Sedgwick, she was born in Santa Barbara on April 20, 1943 and died on November 15, 1971.

It goes without saying that I loved this book, which is more than just a biography. I read it twice in August 2007 and 2012. “When we love, we don’t count” as we say over here!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Where to stay in Lucerne? The Hotel Lucerne, Autograph Collection

The Hotel Lucerne, a member of the Autograph Collection, is one of those dream hotels…a perfect location in front of a gorgeous little park, totally stunning design and service with the finest attention to detail. It is a hotel that had been on my wish list for a long time and I was excited to be staying there on our long weekend in Lucerne.

As soon as we entered the hotel we were greeted by the welcoming and ever so friendly manager and his staff. After a quick check-in, I took a look around and photographed the bar and restaurant before going up to our room on the 5th floor.

Even though the bar and restaurant areas were sublime, I won’t lie to you, we preferred to take our meals, including our breakfast, outside at different renowned restaurants, just to mix with the locals.

There is one bar, The Lounge, which was designed with even the smallest detail in mind by the French architect Jean Nouvel. The customers are locals who meet up with friends and chill out or tourists (guests of the hotel), who just come to relax in comfortable plush chairs listening to pleasant music till late into the night...

There is one restaurant, Bam Bou, which serves French-Mediterranean and gastronomic cuisine with views on an open kitchen (for those who enjoy seeing chefs in action...).

Jean Nouvel designed the hotel and specifically much of its furniture, such as the bedroom decoration items, desks, beds, bedside tables, armchairs and chairs. In contrast to the opulent ceilings, the furnishings of the rooms are suave and minimalist.

There are 30 rooms and suites at the hotel and each room has a unique decor and atmosphere which makes it special. The large, fascinating presentation of various film scenes on the ceilings and walls of the suites and studios generates a sensual atmosphere. Each of its rooms has a very large image covering a wall or ceiling, depicting a scene taken from films by Fellini, Almodovar....A DVD of the film in question is thoughtfully placed near the TV.  

Our Deluxe Studio was spacious with a beautiful open plan design, calming dark and neutral tones with some touches of strong colours and lots of comfy places to lounge around. Our photo ceiling was “Ai no corrida” by Nagisa Oshima – “Ureshii... Sonnani shitara... Atashi ...”

One of the things that really set The Lucerne Hotel apart was the very fine attention to detail both before our arrival and throughout our stay. There were magazines for us to read and we had plentiful supplies of various sorts of tea and coffee (with a Nespresso machine), water, fruit and chocolates. In addition there was a well filled mini bar with nuts, snacks, biscuits, juices and alcoholic drinks.

And let’s not forget the must in any hotel bedroom: a super bed and pillow to give you the ultimate comfort.  In front of the bed there was a flat screen TV with all the international channels....just in case you need to come back to reality and check on the news around the globe.

The large white ultra-modern bathroom was decorated with fresh orchids and a plant brunch. There were two sinks, a glass shower and a separate bath.

There were all sorts of cute little extras, amenities and gorgeous toiletries. I fell in love with the shower gel and body lotion...they smelled heavenly. I asked the staff for more of these products and was given a generous supply with a smile. The level of service was incredible!

Molton Brown, London’s bath, body & beauty products.

We loved the wide window that revealed impressive, illuminated scenes outside. We enjoyed the views of the park and the old town from inside the window. It was perfect to relax with a cup of tea in total calm, enjoying the beauty of the town.

This is truly one of most spectacular small boutique hotels I’ve visited in recent years. It has won a slew of awards...and I understand why.

The Hotel Lucerne, Autograph Collection
Sempacherstrasse 14
CH-6002 Lucerne
Tel.: +41 41 226 86 86

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