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

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!!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Playing tourist...

For my birthday, my sister came to Geneva. Before the birthday celebrations at home, I played the guide for her. I took her for a long walk around the city. We stopped for a few refreshments, a bit of gorgeous shopping and a lot of talking and laughing... It was very nice to play the tourist in my own town, it made me aware of all the beauty of this city, so much appreciated by travellers from all over the world.

Geneva City Centre... Geneva’s main street on a busy Saturday afternoon...

The Vanity by Capi Ombre (Place du Molard 9) is a nice bar to taste traditional beers and it is also a wonderful people watching spot. We ordered a blanche and an ambrée beer to enjoy as we discussed my sister’s upcoming trip... 

Parc des Bastions... On Sunday morning, after breakfast, a lovely walk around Parc des Bastions which is full of beautiful statues, buildings and colourful flowers.

A very beautiful park with colourful flowers and plants.

The Naked Woman is a Sculpture of a woman crouching on a block of stone.

Lion at the Eynard Palace. This charming building was built in 1817 for a Swiss banker by a Florentine architect.

The Reformation Wall

... Another piece of the wall - it is so big and impressive...

Wallace Fountain

The University of Geneva

The giant chess and draught sets are available for free

Eaux-Vives... It is in Eaux-Vives that the Jet d’eau is located

A beautiful walk around the Promenade du Lac and the Quai Fleuri where we saw the Genève which is the oldest “Belle Epoque” boat still existing on Lake Geneva.

Along the edge of the lake, further on we arrive at the English Garden park with its Floral Clock.

Vieille Ville... Geneva’s Old Town, is an ancient maze of small streets and picturesque squares, filled with homey cafés, restaurants, galleries, museums and historical sights, lined by historical buildings adorned with beautiful masonry facades.

The famous St. Peter’s Cathedral

The Old Arsenal, is a former military arsenal. This beautiful historical building now serves as the state archives. Under its arcades stand five period cannons and on its walls one can admire three valuable frescoes and mosaics.

Around the corner of Bourg-de-Four Square