June 17, 2018

I call it love

When you stay married for twenty years to the same person it is an achievement. When you actually manage to look back and say I’d do it all again, you know you have chosen the right person.

We dated for quite a while before we tied the knot, mostly because we had careers that did not keep us in the same city nor in the same country and for a while not even on the same continent. Nevertheless we defied the odds and eventually married in Geneva before heading off to Buenos Aires to start our Expat adventure together.

We have since moved six times, learnt a few more languages along the way and made lots of new friends. I have given up my career to become a trailblazing spouse, a woman with a mission or if you like a family manager.

We have been blessed with two great kids - a mini-him and a mini-me - and have grown from an eclectic duo into an unbeatable team of four.

We rely on each other and trust is a big factor in our everyday routine. Although we have been lucky not to let routine get in our way too often. This has been a conscious decision for monotony is love’s biggest enemy!

20 years later we still laugh together and yes, he gets frustrated with me and I get upset with him but the big picture is still as rosy as it was. For there are few things in life that REALLY matter: one is family the other is love... and after two decades I’d still call it LOVE!

Life does not get much better than this!

Feeling like I'm in heaven.

A real treat!

May our love last forever.

No celebration is complete without a cake!

June 14, 2018

Your typical Parisian morning jog

Starting my morning jog below the iconic Eiffel Tower.

There exists no picture of the Eiffel Tower that has not been taken already.

The quais all to myself.

Peniche boat owners with a sense of humour.

The French Lady of Liberty

Feeling uplifted ... 

 Things you find along the roads of Paris.

June 12, 2018

My sister and I

Miss Energetic has been my best friend since we were four years old. She is more like a sister than a friend. We learnt to ride a bike together around our neighborhood in Zürich, we played school at home and learnt how to write albeit in different languages, we were there for each other when our hearts were broken for the first time, as students we earned our first salary at the Geneva car fair together although we were studying in different countries, we were each other’s bridesmaid and are Godmothers to each others boys.

Our yearly get together has always been her Grandmother chalet where we have been skiing for nearly five decades. First with our parents, then with our husbands and now with our kids!

This week we have decided to take some time out and after nearly 30 years it was just the two of us.

We took off to Ibiza in search of some sun and fun. We hiked, we suntanned, we swam, we explored, we photographed, we gossiped, we laughed, we admired, we complained, we shopped, we ate, we drank and we talked and talked and talked!

How much can you talk in 72 hours? How much can you share with someone you have known your entire life? Everything is the answer! For Miss Energetic is my best friend, my sister, my closest soulmate in this world ... and we can talk right through the night!

Ibiza by night

Exploring the island

Siesta time even for the cat!

Open seas everywhere you look.

Villa Dalt: inside the old town of Ibiza

"Das Leben war einfacher als ich Mädchen noch doof fand"... priceless!

Children of the 80's... we are so ready to partyyyyy! 

A bit of culture along the way...

... before we head to the chiringuito for lunch!

Yet another fantastic sunset!

June 9, 2018

Friends reunited

It has been a holiday of a lifetime. A week on the island of Ibiza celebrating friendship and girl power.

It originated with a simple idea to meet up and spend a few days together at the beach. Four friends brought together thanks to their kids frequenting the same primary school but who were now living in three different countries.

We rarely get to see each other and the last time all four of us managed to be in the same place at the same time was 2010!

So Ibiza it was. We spent four wonderful days hiking along the coastal area, shopping at hippie markets, exploring the old town, browsing through fashionable boutiques, lounging on the beach, sipping cocktails while watching the sunset and enjoying the freshest local fish dishes.

We laughed a lot, we shared our thoughts and worries, we listened to our stories, we gossiped, we teased eachother and we took LOTS of selfies!

However, it won’t be the selfies that will remain but the lovely feeling of friendship and knowing that no matter how far away we live and how little we see eachother we have a bond that has lastest throughout time and distance and even though our kids have not kept in touch, WE have already planned our next weekend in 2019!

For I am lucky to call these ladies my friends and have come to realize that like with wine it is the aging that makes the good ones stand out!

 Welcome to Ibiza!

A wonderfully eclectic island nation.

 Delicious local dishes with fantastic views.

Markets surviving through decades.

Fun transportation!

Impressive architecture

The perfect relaxation programme...

... with unforgettable sunset moments!

June 7, 2018

Busy in Ibiza

I cannot deny I have been busy this past week... busy looking after my friends, busy enjoying the island rhythm, busy suntanning, busy celebrating life and friendship!

May 29, 2018

A night out in Paris

When a good lighting scheme adds to the drama and evokes 1000 emotions ...

May 26, 2018

Tasting Paris with 100 recipes

Tucked away on rue du Général Camou near the Eiffel Tower, lies the American library unknown to most tourists, but deeply embedded in the hearts of expats from dozens of countries, not just the United States, who sometimes need to read and think in English. A quarter of its 2,500 members are French, in fact, drawn to the library’s Anglophone-friendly 120,000-book collection.

Compared with other Parisian' libraries, it is a quiet, uncrowded oasis offering two to three special events every week, including children’s programs, book groups and author lectures. Rarely do I venture down to this historical site but last week their guest lecturer was bound to provide a refreshing view on demystifying the art of French cooking. How could I resist a free evening of discussion around Paris and food!?

Not only is the author of "Tasting Paris" a French food writer she is the mind behind the award-winning Chocolate & Zucchini blog. In 2010 this was the first French foodie blog I subscribed to when news hit that we were about to move to Paris! I love Clotilde Dusoulier's approach to food as it is all about fresh, simple, seasonal foods from her picturesque Paris kitchen.

With a visiting girlfriend from Switzerland in tow we sat down in the newly renovated lecture hall of the American library and let ourselves be mesmerised by one of Paris' most famous foodie bloggers presenting her latest cookbook "Tasting Paris: 100 Recipes to Eat Like a Local", and sharing her perspective on Parisian cuisine, food writing, and French food culture.

Featuring classic recipes like Roast Chicken with Herbed Butter and Croutons, and Profiteroles, as well as newer dishes that reflect the way Parisians eat today, such as Ratatouille Pita Sandwich with Chopped Eggs and Tahini Sauce and Spiralized Zucchini Salad with Peach and Green Almonds the author made it sound like child's play to bring the flavours and allure of this favorite culinary destination to everyone's very own kitchen.

Now, all I need to do is start cooking... my family will be delighted!

May 24, 2018

A Taste of Paris

My first encounter with Taste of Paris was not a happy one last year but rather than dwelling on it, I whole-heartedly gave the organization a piece of my mind. Turns out, they listened!

So a year later, I am holding two VIP tickets allowing my friend and I not only fast-track, free access to sample the finest in French cuisine in the magical setting of the Grand Palais but complimentary champagne on top of it with a bird's eye view from the mezzanine! Ca c'est la vie d'une Parisienne!

Taste of Paris is a place of encounters and live demonstrations encapsulated in a friendly atmosphere conducive to mingling, exploring, and exchanging ideas of artisans and producers. The event samples some of the most delicious food in taste-size signature dishes served by a stellar line up of Paris’s latest, greatest and most exciting world-class chefs at their pop-up stands.

We were lucky since Friday seemed to be a rather quiet day compared to the usual frenzied and overcrowded Paris' happenings. The event attracted 28'000 visitors over 4 days last year! Without too much queuing we got a chance to experience today’s most sought-after chefs offering us a gourmet experience to remember. Whether Michelin-starred, trend setting or future young talents did not much matter to me, I was guided by the dishes that were on offer and boy I was not disappointed.

Welcome to Taste of Paris

Heading towards the mezzanine but not without stopping chez Alain Ducasse first.

 Now, this monument can compete with the Eiffel Tower!

Pierre Sang Boyer, a rather gothic chef?!?

Who can name these Japanese ingredients?

Chef Kei Kobayashi serving...

... Mini burger de boeuf Wagyu, sauce teriyaki, condiments épicés.

Alain Solivérès proposing Epeautre du Pays de Sault cuisiné comme un risotto, homard et curry

Too temping not to move on to dessert.

Who can resist the taste of Ritz Paris?

All the apprentices are working hard to produce...

... La Barquette caramel, biscuit croustillant, caramel crémeux et mouse légère au caramel.

Ferrandi, Ecole Francaise de Gastronomie, is concocting...

... Pavlova fraise framboise with a gold dust finish!

Frederic Anton's team came up with Le Citron comme une tarte, meringue croustillante, sorbet basilic.

Bruno Doucet seduced us with Riz cuit au lait et à la vanille comme le faisait ma grand-mère, caramel laitier.

One last flûte de champagne for the way....
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