Showing posts with label Lucky Dip. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lucky Dip. Show all posts

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A small gesture for others

A couple weeks ago, on a Sunday morning, I did the “spring cleaning” which means a lot of sorting and storage.  I got out my spring clothes from the wardrobe and sorted out the winter clothes that I do not want to keep for next year and also some accessories that I never wear and decorative objects that I no longer want.

I selected all the things that I wanted to take to Caritas. I do this twice a year and this time I thought it was worthy of a mention here. So, my dear readers living in and around Geneva, instead of selling your things second-hand or throwing them into the recycling bin, please do not hesitate to make a gesture for those who are in need by giving your unwanted stuff away to Caritas.

Returning to my story, after all the uncluttering I prepared a Greek yogurt cake as a reward for all my efforts...hahaha...

It was a very easy, fast and delicious cake. Even though it was slightly overbaked, it was really tasty. Accompanied with a pot of Ceylon Orange Pekoe loose black tea, bought last time I was in Convent Garden at the Tea House.

I thank you so much for being here and reading this little message and wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Easter.

Rue de Carouge 53
1211 Genève

Tél.: +41 22 708 04 44

Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 12pm / 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Friday, 31 March 2017

There are always flowers for those who want to see them - H. Matisse

Hello ladies and gents!

Before anything else, I would like to thank you for all your messages. I really appreciate them.

Regular readers will know that I am fond of flowers and they are what I love to photograph the most...

Sweetheart often offers me flowers, either on my return home from my travels or for my birthday or for no other reason than to beautify the house because these beauties illuminate my day and make me feel happy.

He offered me these Ranunculus flowers a couple of days ago. They come from a gorgeous florist in downtown Geneva called “Trend design & Art de Vivre”. They make the most sumptuous bouquets of flowers. Just in case you need a nice florist...

Have a great weekend.

Lots of Love

Trend design & Art de Vivre
Rue du Vieux - collège 5
1204 Genève
Tél. +4122 310 87 27

This post, like all my blog posts, is not sponsored.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Welcome Dear and Lovely Spring

Welcome everyone!

I would like to apologise for your recent lack of access to my site. I received a lot of emails and a few comments pointing out to me that you were blocked from accessing my blog.

Indeed, I blocked my blog, in the evenings only, because I have had visits by robot servers and I thought that by doing this it would stop. Unfortunately, that is not the case...

So, if you know how to solve this, I thank you for telling me, because, as you know, I am a zero when it comes to blogging technology…

In addition, I wish you a wonderful spring with lots of fun projects and great walks in the sun in your beautiful cities. For my part, I have planned trips that I am looking forward to so much that you cannot imagine.

Thank you so much for your interest and for being here.

Lots of Love

Monday, 6 March 2017

A girls’ night out at Floor Two Bar - Kempinski Hotel

A few weeks ago, I concocted a night out with a good friend of mine. That Thursday, it was particularly beautiful and warm: it felt like spring had arrived in town.

Geneva is such a beautiful city and to wander into town on a sunny day is superb. So, I walked along the banks of Lake Geneva to the oh so chic Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva.

The Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is a majestic five-star hotel situated beside Lake Geneva. It is a very cosmopolitan place with remarkable views overlooking the lake and the Jet d’Eau.

Upon arrival, I settled in the lounge and contemplated the hotel’s design, its fireplace and the pretty floral arrangements. The décor is exquisitely beautiful, with tall ceilings and a perfectly symmetrical layout: I was in interior heaven. This hotel is the embodiment of refinement and discreet luxury.

I did a little window shopping in the stunning shops inside the hotel while waiting for my girlfriend B. As soon as she arrived, we took the external glass walled elevator to take us to the second floor where the Floor Two Bar is located, together with the hotel’s restaurants, spa, conference room, etc.

The Floor Two Bar is a large bar with a long terrace and a trendy and lively lounge atmosphere. We decided to sit by the large windows and enjoy the end of day city lights...

We were only a few customers, about a dozen. Most guests arrive after 20:00 and from 23:00 onwards the venue is in full swing, according to our charming waitresses.

Once installed near the large windows overlooking the terrace and the lake, we stole a furtive look at the menu. B. started with a delicious glass of Limoncello and a sparkling Valser (water). For my part I wanted a Kamikaze to start. It was a little glass of blue heaven.

Our waitresses brought over some treats. Olives, various nuts and aperitif snacks which tasted just divine. We liked them so much that our waitresses brought over more: simple things of excellent quality and the perfect accompaniment to drinks.

With B., I updated our chat and planned a few upcoming evenings out. We also chatted a little with the super nice and super friendly waitresses, who suggested that I try their signature cocktail Passion Maï Taï. I was curious to try the Maï Taï, a cocktail with a pronounced taste of fruits, passion fruit and pineapple, orgeat syrup, Cointreau, white rum with spices (the rum is macerated for a very long time in a mixture of spices of which only they have the secret). So, when you go to the Floor Two Bar, try this cocktail which is a great success.

B. and I made a night of it and stayed there till dinner time. There’s nothing I love more than spoiling myself and, frankly, who doesn’t love elegant cocktails and champagne in a spectacular place?

I highly recommend that you visit the Floor Two Bar this spring and that you take someone who deserves a good spoiling with you. I can’t think of a better way to start the season than viewing this beautiful cosmopolitan city and admiring the scenery from the large terrace. You can see the iconic Jet d’Eau, the Mont Blanc and the stunning sunset...and if you like watching the world go by, this is a great spot.

Floor Two Bar
Le Grand Hôtel Kempinski
Quai du Mont-Blanc 19
1201 Genève
Tél: +41 22 908 9226
Bar opening hours
Mon - Sun 17:00 - 1:00

Friday, 3 February 2017

Photo Souvenirs

Early January, I decided to clean out my heavy photo albums, full of Kodak photos. Yes, before it was like that, remember? We took pictures with film and, once the roll was finished, we gave it to a photo shop to be developed.

In short, to come back to my story, I had a lot of trouble getting rid of these photos. My passion for travelling started very early, it’s in my roots. You could say that travelling is like breathing in my multicultural family.

That said, with age, my craze for travelling has cooled. 12 hour flights, plus stress at airports and the hassle of organising the whole trip are things that I can only face once a year now, instead of four times a year as I used to do.

What I retain from every trip I have made is the beauty of the country I visited, its culture and customs and the people I met, not to mention the culinary specialties and landscapes. I captured this beauty with my very old non-digital film camera. This is where my passion for photography comes from.

I was overcome with emotion as I looked at these souvenirs of my travels and I remembered lots of details. Travelling for me means always taking time to explore places calmly, at length and passionately. Like when you fall in love and you discover your partner every day a little more...

Here is a post that filled me with joy to compile. These pictures were chosen with difficulty among many. And, in case you want to know, no, I could not lighten my big photo box.

1. The “guerrab” or water carrier in Djemaa el Fna Square, Marrakesh
2. Inside the Medina - I love those narrows alleys of Marrakech
3. Berber village in the High Atlas

1. Sand dunes on Chaves Beach
2. On top of the sand dunes

1. My driver and guide
2. Very early in the morning when the fishermen arrive
3. Fruit seller (I adore this photo)

1. Atlantis Paradise Island, probably the most spectacular hotel where I have stayed to date
2. Sunday parade on the Bay Street, Nassau

1. The Kanuhura Resort, Maldives
2. Very tanned and pensive...

1. Impressive city, but not my cup of tea - too much glitter...
2. The Ritz-Carlton Jumeirah Beach, early morning swimming under the cascade

1. Dom-Luís Bridge
2. Porto Ribeira is the historical centre of Porto
3. Lello bookstore, ranked among the 10 most beautiful bookstores in the world

1. The ruins of Saint Paul
2. View from the bay - you can see the Grand Lisboa skyscraper that resembles a lotus leaf

1. La Valletta
2. Fort Saint Elmo

1. Golden Buddha statues in Wat Po, Bangkok
2. Woman resting in Bangkok’s floating markets

1. Montserrat is a mountain range near Barcelona. The rocks have very peculiar shapes that reminded me of giant stone figures
2. Montserrat Monastery near Barcelona, the abbey houses the black virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia

1. Lake Lucerne is a glacial lake in central Switzerland. It is 38 kilometres long. If I were to name my favourite place in Switzerland, it would no doubt be here. A breath-taking beauty spot close to Lucerne.
2. The mountain, the huts, the cows (I love farm animals and especially cows ... aren't they really beautiful?)

Oh, this photo melts my heart, my little Labrador puppy on the day I went to get him. He was the most wonderful birthday present!