October 14, 2019

Falling in love with Paris again...

Sunday morning, 7am and I am wide awake... and... I had decided it was time I fell back in love with Paris. I can tell by the number of photos I have taken lately. I dare say I have a fair amount more of Ibiza than I do of Paris year to date!

After breakfast I took hubby by the hand and started strolling down to the Seine determined to make the most of what would no doubt be one of this year's last glorious sunny Sundays. With camera in hand we reached the river banks which to our surprise were closed to traffic due to Paris' 20km run gathering 30,000 runners from 100 countries in the streets of the French capital.

This was just the ticket, no were else does true French solidarity shine through more than in the form of associations. Faithful to its historical convictions, each year, the race's voluntary organization committee supports charitable associations in health and welfare... and the runners as well as the spectators were all in!

The onlookers had turned out in huge numbers - all enjoying a taste of the Indian summer - they were cheering, chanting, singing, dancing, clapping even howling at the participants. Home-made banners, printed posters, colourful flags, megaphones and bands lined the 20km course. Young and old, able bodied and disabled, men and women, all facing the challenge for a good cause. Now if that doesn't warm you heart... I am convinced Parisians are a different race on a sunny Sunday!

Hubby and I walked our usual route up and down the riverbank, following the racecourse for some miles, enjoying the blue skies and the sunny weather, but what warmed our hearts most on this day was feeling the city's solidarity and all the people that had turned up the show their caring side.

It was a good day to fall in love with Paris again!


A glorious Parisian Sunday


A constant flow of human all running for a cause


The last kilometres...


Some pink cheering on the sidelines


When your associations' buddies run past everyone cheers!


Take a seat this is gonna take a while... and don't forget to cheer!

October 12, 2019

Anybody home?

Yes, I do still live in Paris. Yes, I do travel a great deal. Yes, I am a very lucky lady!

Time for some Paris photos just to prove that I do still reside in the city of lights and love.


City of contrasts:


From riches...


... to rags. 


From rainy...


... to sunny.


From one lonely bag...


... to an entire wardrobe. 


From the bottom...


... to the top.


From simple and fresh...


... to elaborate and delicate.


Paris will always be Paris!

October 11, 2019

Betty Bossi, a Swiss hero

On a total different note and feeling slightly homesick, I have decided to share my Swiss hero character with you today.

If you grew up in Switzerland you will know who Betty Bossi is.

Hardly anyone knows her outside the Confederation, but generations of Swiss have grown up with her. Inventor of the fictitious character Betty Bossi is the Zurich advertising specialist Emmi Creola, born as Emmi Maag in 1912.


Taking inspiration from Betty Crocker, Betty Bossi was created by Emmi Creola-Maag for Unilever to help sell margarine to the butter-friendly Swiss. This took form in 1956 as a magazine style leaflet called the Betty Bossi Post, which attempted to answer the eternal question "What Shall I Cook Today?". French on one side and German on the other, the leaflet was so popular that it grew into a full magazine, and then a recipe book.


In 1977 Betty Bossi split from Unilever and it became its own, separate publishing company. The brand continued to flourish, publishing countless cookbooks and expanding into TV and radio, as well as recipe development and convenience foods. Today Betty Bossi is Switzerland's biggest cookbook publisher and can be found in most every household.

Emmi Creola-Maag's creature Betty Bossi became the "cook of the nation" and conquered television when no one in neighbouring Germany thought of cooking shows. Many believe that Helvetia's national cuisine would be different without Betty Bossi.

In 2012 the company was purchased outright by the supermarket chain Coop, which had previously taken a 50% stake in 2001. Today Betty Bossi continues to be one of the dominant authorities on Swiss cuisine, especially for the home cook. The shelves of Swiss houses are lined with her cookbooks and Coop, uses her name on everything from orange juice to ravioli.

The "Betty Bossi" newspaper today has a circulation of around 900,000 copies. Over the past decades, I have had my magazines sent to Geneva, to Buenos Aires, to Milano, to Madrid, to Lugano and now I look forward to receiving my monthly Swiss dose of homemade flavours in Paris. I have been a loyal reader since 1996 because as Lin Yutang once wrote: "What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?"

October 6, 2019

Chilling in Ibiza

When you just can't get enough of the island vibes...


An evening walk through Villa Dalt, Ibiza's old town 


There is always time for a Tinto de verano


Shall we or shall we not?!?


This pink flamingo terrace has my name written all over it
 

Will it be a spectacular sunset tonight?


Morning swim all by myself 


When nature turns trendy


A souvenir to take home


Siesta behind closed shutters


Aperò time with friends 


Happy Hour at the beach

October 5, 2019

Let's meet in Ibiza

A 12 hour pit stop in Paris to change my suitcase from wellies and rain jackets to bikinis and flip flops... a change I am happy to make any time.

The rendez-vous had been planned last year following a reunion with my Lugano girlfriends. After eight years we had finally got our act together and arrived in Ibiza from Lugano, Barcelona and Paris to reunite and have some fun.

We got a taste of the Ibiza vibes and decided to repeat the experience again this year. The perfect excuse to spend four days without hubbies or kids to pick up where we left off, create new stories and catch up on each other’s state of mind.

A hike, a swim, a lunch, a cocktail, a paella, a bio farm visit, a hippie market shopping spree, a rooftop terrasse view and lots of beach time all makes it so much more fun when in Ibiza.

But it is so much more... a time to reconnect, to kindle cherished friendships, to find a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on. FaceTime, Facebook, WhatsApp are great but nothing beats a good giggle on the sofa at 2am in the morning with your girlfriends.

So here is to you my Breganzona ladies... we have a date with David Guetta for next year!


Hiking up the hill to get the perfect angle of the magic island of Es Vedra


Lunch with a view


The beach all to ourselves but the sea is a bit choppy


The perfect beach spot


A "light" Spanish lunch


Checking out the trendy spots...


... as well as the natural ones!


Loving the vibes 


Make a wish... you're in Ibiza!


Anything goes at the hippie market


A creative corner


A new discovery: the Ushuaia Tower terrasse 


Bopping with all the youngsters to David Guetta

September 30, 2019

Scottish High Tea... my favourite meal

Despite its aristocratic name, the truth is that ‘High Tea’ began as another name for a workman’s supper, and was far from an elegant meal. Relegated to the working lower classes in the early days of tea drinking in the 1600s, afternoon or high tea was served on a high table at the end of the work day, around five o'clock.

For working families returning home exhausted, it was a substantial meal consisting of the most common dishes, such as kidney pie and steak, cheeses, pickles, and bread.

By legend, low tea began because the Duchess of Bedford, one of Queen Victoria’s (1819-1901) ladies-in-waiting, suffered from “sinking feelings” around four o'clock in the afternoon each day. The story has it that she would have her servants sneak pots of tea and breadstuffs to her. Eventually, she began inviting friends to share not only her tea, but also small cakes and butter sandwiches, served on low tables. The practice became so popular with other hostesses that it went down in history as the social event that is still recognized today. 

It's my absolute favourite Scottish tradition...


Typical Scottish treats


All home-made irresistible goodies


My kind of menu


Fudge doughnuts for a third of the price a Parisian patisserie charges


Red velvet cake with a Scottish twist


Never seen or heard of Lucaffé before.


Scottish strawberry jam to go with the piping-hot, flaky scones


Scrumptious double chocolate and vanilla iced biscuit


An adorable place for afternoon tea


My favourite bakery in St. Andrew's


Homemade fudge


Chocolate brownies to go


If this window were a cake it would be called Battenberg


Do you think this little bar serves tea?
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