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Thursday, 29 March 2018

March Monthly Round Up

LIFE LATELY: March was a very boring month. For a start, both of us got sick. When I recovered, I only felt good by hibernating at home! I nevertheless visited the Museum of Art and History in Geneva…but apart from that, I was longing for spring to come and our gardens and parks to be full of blossom.

GENEVA POSTCARDS: In the first week of March, Geneva looked like Siberia: freezing, cold and snowy. I took these morning photos of my neighbourhood.

BOOKS: My March goals were to review some old reads that I will be posting in May. The beautifully written, macabre and fascinating The Collector by John Fowles. The very powerful memoir Amores da Cadela “Pura” by Margarida Victória (English title: The Loves of the Purebred Bitch). The magnificent The Great Tea Rooms of Britain by Bruce Richardson.

ART LOVER: Museum of Art and History (2, Rue Charles-Galland)
The Museum of Art and History is a huge museum of over 1 million exhibition pieces, capturing the history of Western culture and civilisation from ancient times to the present day. Museum entrance is free for everyone.

Konrad Witz (Rottweil 1400 - Bâle 1447)
Jean-Étienne Liotard (Genève 1702 - Genève 1789)
Sir Thomas Lawrence (Bristol 1769 - Londres 1830
BOOKSTORE: Les Recyclables (53, Rue de Carouge)
This is an inescapable and friendly place for lovers of reading and good food,  where you can buy second hand books (often in perfect condition). This bookshop-café pairs literary taste with culinary artistry.

What is coming next? Well, warmer and longer days suitable for outdoor life, getaways, after work drinks on café terraces and seeing our markets and parks filled with colourful and pretty flowers. I wish you all an amazing Easter holiday.

Monday, 5 March 2018

February Monthly Round Up

LIFE LATELY: February is such a cute little month isn’t it? Always going by so quickly!! It’s been a fun month spent discovering new spots!!

Valentine’s Day Card – such a lovely way to start the day!

AUTOGRAPH BOOK: Recently, I started to keep an autograph book. They used to be popular among students during my youth. This notebook serves to record personal information and the well wishes of friends, colleagues and noteworthy acquaintances.

BOOK LOVER: The beautifully written “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel: I wasn't sure when I first started reading this if I would like it, but I’m so glad I persevered. After the 2nd chapter I was completely immersed in it. Stay tuned for this book review.

Very thrilling and “unputdownable”: “The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I adored this book! It’s the best psychological thriller I’ve read in a long time. Stay tuned for this book review.

WALKS: Postcards from Geneva on a sunny and chilly day in downtown, I love how my city shines...

STYLE: I bought this sleeveless blue lace dress at Sandro Clothing to wear for my Valentine’s Day dinner at Le Patio. I paired it with accessories from Julie Gloor: long golden earrings and butterfly pearl rings.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS: In my basket of beauty products bought in February this was my favourite: The Hydra Zen - Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream by Lancôme. – It’s brilliant!!! My skin feels really moisturised and soft. The best moisturiser I have used for a long time.

BOOKSTORE: Payot Librairie (7, Rue de la Confédération)
This is the largest bookstore in Geneva; here we are spoiled by an incredible selection of books. On the 2nd floor there is a very nice coffee corner. For Valentine’s Day I bought Sweetheart “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.

BOUTIQUE: Caroll | Sale with up to 70% off (8, Rue de la Confédération)
Before closing for renovations, this store is making incredible promotions.

CHOCOLATE SHOP: Teuscher (42, rue du Rhône)
Many chocolate connoisseurs consider Teuscher chocolates to be among the best in the world. So, for Valentine’s Day, I went to buy a box at their freshly opened shop next to the Globus department store Their main shop is at 16 rue de la Corraterie.

RESTAURANT: Le Patio (19, Boulevard Helvétique)
This is where we had a fantastic dinner for Valentine’s Day. Have a look at my upcoming post for the review of this restaurant.

El Catrín (7-9 Rue Richemont)
I am a huge fan of Mexican food and when a colleague recommended to me El Catrín, I was impatient to try it. If mole, chile relleno, tlayudas and other dishes from Oaxaca make your mouth water, you know where to go now. Their chef is specialised in the traditional cuisine of Oaxaca, one of Mexico's major gastronomic centres whose cuisine is known internationally.

CAKE LOVER: LaDurée (33, Quai des Berques)
I started celebrating Valentine’s Day with a delicious passion fruit, pineapple and coconut “Réligieuse” accompanied by a jasmine tea. This is one of Geneva’s prettiest tea-rooms, where the cakes are as beautiful as the decor. At LaDurée we think we are in Alice in Wonderland. Everything is cute; pastel and soft colours, ribboned boxes, large glazed windows and velvet sofas. The watchword for here is fairytale. Check my review in April.

Martel Chocolatier, established since 1818 (4, Rue de la Croix d’Or)
I highly recommend to you the Martel signature tartlet, the « Symphonie », an almond cake base with red fruit and blackcurrant compot, whipped cream and a layer of chestnut cream. I also love the “Choco Framboise”, a crispy cake base topped with layers of airy raspberry and chocolate mousse.