Showing posts with label Switzerland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Switzerland. Show all posts

Monday, 20 March 2017

Downtown Street Art Murals

I have always thought (wrongly) that murals were hidden away in gloomy and grey places in the city.

Well, very early one Monday morning, I chose a different route to go downtown and passed by Uni Mail (the University).  I saw a lot of vivid bright colours from a distance and, on getting closer, I was blown away by these murals.

So, I took my companion, Mr Samsung, out of my handbag and put him to work to capture these magnificent wall paintings. I am particularly fond of the cheeky baby wearing sunglasses next to the dog...

Afterwards, I continued on my way to start my day. These murals are located in Plainpalais, just in front of the Uni Mail buildings and a 7 minute walk to the banking district. Rothschild Bank is there and Victoria Hall is not far away and downtown is reachable in only 15 minutes.

I followed my path to my final destination, our magnificent Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). The day had just begun and the sun was trying to break through the clouds which made a particularly beautiful sky.

I wish you a lovely week ahead.

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

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