Friday, September 18, 2020

The olive grove trail

The Olive grove path passes through an area where the remains of ancient olive trees may still be seen. It is a trail that runs along the lake framed by natural beauty, with an incredible panorama on the lake and surrounding mountains.

The Path winds along the countryside between Castagnola and Gandria and crosses hillsides of ancient olive trees where just recently fruiting olive trees have been reintroduced. You can reach the path either from Castagnola (close to the old Municipal, or from Gandria (start from the parking area at the canton’s street above the village). The path is described beginning in Gandria and is identified by the olive logo. There are 18 panels offering descriptions of the olive tree’s history, its botany, its cultivation and its products.

The idea of the Olive Tree Path was conceived of by the “Friends of the Olive Tree” association in collaboration with the Fund of Naturalistic and Archeological Sites in Gandria belonging to the Foundation of the Italian speaking Switzerland for Scientific Research and University Studies.

It's definitely worth a try with your kids or even your parents. Happy weekend!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

An increasing number of Swiss nationals live abroad

At the end of 2019, more than one in ten Swiss nationals lived abroad. Almost two thirds lived in Europe, notably in France. Their number continued to increase, both among the young and old. 

Overall, the share of women remained greater than that of men, according to the results of the statistics on the Swiss abroad from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). 

I am one of the 200'000 Swiss living in France. Where do you fit in?

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Chocolate heaven in Zürich

Inspiration struck this morning... I need to plan a trip to Zürich asap!

The Lindt Home of Chocolate, a 65,000-square-foot museum complete with interactive exhibitions, the world’s largest Lindt chocolate shop, a ‘Chocolateria,’ and the world’s largest chocolate fountain, will open its doors in Zurich tomorrow.

The contemporary, light-filled museum building in Zürich’s Kilchberg suburb will complement the historic Lindt and Sprüngli factory building, which dates back to 1899. I have sweet memories of getting a private tour through the grounds early on a Saturday morning back in the 1990s!!!

The multimedia chocolate exhibition will cover the origins of the cocoa bean, the history of the production process, and the food’s cultural legacy. In the ‘Chocolateria,’ participants can create their masterpieces as Lindt Master Chocolatiers in training. 

The pièce de résistance is the chocolate fountain, standing more than 30 feet tall in the imposing entrance, the largest chocolate fountain in the world. The seemingly weightless construction holds 1,500 kg of real chocolate and is the perfect start to the incomparable experience at the Lindt Home of Chocolate. 

Book your chocolate experience online now: Experience the fascinating world of chocolate, create your own delicious treats, discover the biggest Lindt Chocolate Shop in the world, and let yourself be spoilt at the Café.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Back to school

Thursday, August 27, 2020

A Japanese artist full of tiny ideas

 My latest instagram discovery is a Japanese artist, Tatsuya Tanaka, who is full of ideas. In the time of COVID-19, disposable face masks as well as toilet paper have made headlines across the globe. These everyday items are subverted to create the tiny sets of outdoor adventures.

A folded mask serves as a small tent, toilet paper descends from a wall holder as a snowy ski hill, and a thermometer outfitted with wheels transforms into a speedy racecar. For more of the miniature scenes from the Japanese artist and photographer head to Instagram, where he publishes a new scene every day.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

4 unique mountain day trips from Lugano

Escape from the heat and head to the mountains... if only for a day.

Enjoy breakfast in town, lunch at 1'500 metres above sea level and visit the Longlake festival in the evening - only in Switzerland. It will take just a few clicks to book your excursion now, enabling you to travel by public transport according to your own individual schedule, taking in our breathtaking world of mountains and glaciers. Where will your Swiss adventure begin? Click here to choose your town from 10 different Swiss towns:

As for Ticino, once you've enjoyed your espresso under the palm trees of Lugano head to a nearby panoramic mountain view of Monte Generoso, Monte Lema, Monte Bré or Cardada Cimetta. The trips last between 3 and 5 hours. The adventure ranges from moonlit hikes to sunrise treks or even enchanting chestnut woods. You can ride the oldest steam train still in operation in Switzerland, look through the Observatory’s telescope every Sunday and the truly brave can marvel at the landscape from the air by paragliding from the top. 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

What day is it today?

Friday, August 21, 2020

Still lost in Ibiza

My new favourite spot for breakfast, happy hour and dinner: 7 Pines

Church in Sant Josep

Shell ankle bracelets are so last year but I don't care!

Picnic at the beach

A surprise dinner with friends under a full moon

Girly breakfast at 7 Pines

It's a hot, hot day!

Dinner date at the local chiringuito

Monday, August 17, 2020

Food is memories


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Buon Ferragosto 2020

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