Year: 2016

Merry Belated Xmas with a SweetSwiss Specialty // Ancora auguri di Buon Natale con uno speciale dolce svizzero

It’s been already almost a year and a half since we moved to Zürich and, as part of our discovery of Switzerland, of course food is one of the main interesting aspects! As 2016 approaches, we decided for a Swiss sweet specialty from the Appenzeller Kanton in its Xmas version: the Mandelbiber.  And because we didn’t know how it tasted, we went for its smaller version, which is called Mandelbiberli in fact because it’s small. The small version is a common snack for Swiss people. It’s a sweet spicy dow filled with either almonds (mandel) or walnuts (nüss). Cinnamon is definitely king! But it also contains ginger, anis, cardamom, coriander, pimento and cloves. Usually its top is always decorated, for example, with a bear, the Appenzeller Kanton’s symbol, or other drawings or Xmas wishes like the one we bought at Wüst Patisserie in Zürich. I must say it’s a different taste, at least from pur Italian taste, but definitely an interesting one and good to have every once in a while! More info, I’m afraid …

Martinica, l’isola dei fiori (Italian only)

L’estate oramai iniziata e la voglia di mare e’ scoppiata! Ed e’ per questo che ho chiesto la collaborazione dell’amica blogger Sabrina di Appunti di Viaggio by Seven Days di farci conoscere un posto nuovo, lontano, incantevole, da sogno: la Martinica! Ci sarei dovuta andare con una cara amica tanti anni fa’ per fare un corso di francese, almeno questa era la scusa eheh, ma poi ahime’ cambiammo idea. Per fortuna che c’e’ Sabrina che ci raccontera’ la meraviglia di questo luogo. Buona lettura! ———- // ———- Uno dei miei ultimi viaggi è stato a Martinica, un’isola meravigliosa delle Antille Francesi, nei Caraibi. Quest’isola è la meta ideale per rilassarsi e vivere a contatto con la natura. Non a caso è conosciuta come l’isola dei fiori ed ha una temperatura media di 26° tutto l’anno! Il mio viaggio a Martinica  inizia all’aereoporto nazionale di Lamentin, dove affitto una macchina per potermi dirigere a sud dell’isola. A mio parere l’auto è il miglior mezzo per muoversi su quest’isola. La mia prima tappa è Saint-Luce, un caratteristico …

3 x 3 tips on where to have breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner in Milan!

Ok, June has started, so it’s supposed to be good weather, right?! But for some reason it’s not always the case. So what about a city escape to another city? And what about Milan?! Since after the Expo Milan has been in full bloom! The city looks spectacular: lots of renovation and works to improve the city, new restaurants and bars openining up at every corner, new shops as well as new museums and new exhibitions spaces to visit! So while you wait for you seaside escape, try Milan! Here are some spots you’d want to check out, assuming you already know Milan. Otherwise I’ll provide some tips in another post. Art, food, design and the likes . Fondazione Prada – contrasting opinions about it. Some say it’s cool and worth a visit because it’s Prada, some really liked it, some really didn’t. The cafe’ is interestingly decorated. See for yourself! . La Triennale Museum – a museum mainly dedicated to design, architecture, jewellery and space, which a very interesting location itself with a garden …

All the green of Stuttgart: at least 8 reasons to visit the city (English only)

Hello! I’ve been enjoying the fantastic weather, also in Germany where I recently went for a weekend to visit a couple of my husband’s friends. We went exactly to Stuttgart, probably not top of mind when visiting Germany, but I’ll give you at least 8 reasons to pay it a short visit. 1- If you are a car lover, well you can’t really miss Stuttgart (together with Munich) as it is home to Mercedes and Porsche. You can in fact visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum, which is celebrating its 10 years of opening, and the Porsche Museum. 2- It’s relatively a short trip from Zurich, just over 2 hours, (and also from other cities/countries) and it can be an addition to your cheaper shopping trip (vs Switzerland) with actually visiting something on top of doing your grocery/other shopping. There’s a small, but very lively city centre, especially on a sunny day like we had last Saturday, with music playing in the streets and a flower and fruit&veg markets in the morning. Don’t miss Schlossplatz! Even if …

2 Rooftop bars I recently tried in Zurich…and they’re worth it! // 2 rooftop bars che valgono la pena a Zurigo!

It’s been a while I know, but with this changing weather, cold and even snowy a few weeks ago to make you unwell and then such beautiful sunny days that really push you to enjoy life outside in the open air, and of course a bunch of other stuff… well time flies! As what it concerns going out, I’ve done a bit of this lately, I have two rooftop bars to suggest in Zurich. Yes, rooftop bars are a thing also in Zurich and I’d say a reasonably big thing 🙂 If you want a classy, trendy place with an indoor and outdoor, to enjoy a great drink either with or without alcohol, do a bit of people watching (if you are into that kind of things), just relax, chill out, especially when the sun is out to finish well the day, watching the sunset with a view on the city. And also have the option to dine or listen to some live music on some days, well “George” is the place for you! In …

What’s the typical Swiss Easter cake? Here’s the recipe!

Well, it’s time to get local again in Switzerland and more specifically in Zurich. As Easter is approaching, actually 4 days away, patisseries, supermarkets and and the all lot are already full of Chocolate Easter eggs, but mainly chocolate Easter bunnies even more, but also the traditional Swiss “Oster Torte” i.e. the Easter Cake. Well, since this year Carlo’s birthday was just a few days before Easter, I decided we should give it a go and have a taste of this traditional Easter Cake, which usually has a bunny designed on top. My choice fell on Sprungli as it’s a patisserie and chocolaterie I can trust. So I gave the traditional Easter cake a new role: a birthday cake for Carlo! This cake is made of rice and raisins mainly. It has a delicate taste and I think I liked it although it isn’t one of those cakes to die for, but it’s good to taste at least once and, with being a cake, it’s a healthier option than many more other chocolate and cream …

Tips on One of the Multiple Paradises in Italy, South of Sardinia (English only)

It’s been a long time since the last time I’ve been to Sardinia, probably 7/8 years. Often I dreamt of coming here while living in Australia, which has indeed beautiful beaches. But the Mediterrean is something different, unique with its vegetation, its rugged coastline and crystal clear water. And Sardinia is just a paradise! In case you’re already thinking of planning your next spring or summer holidays! 😉 There are many spots to visit throughout Sardinia, but this time I’m bringing you to the south, not far from Cagliari where you can fly to, for example, with Alitalia, Meridiana or Ryanair from Milan or Bergamo, if leaving from Italy. We’re staying at Chia, part of Domus de Maria, not too far from Pula. There are different accommodation options here: – Aqua Dulci, a 4-star hotel, where you can enjoy a very comfortable stay and beautiful food, but that doesn’t come cheap – Hotel Spartivento Resort, which is a bit further up on the mountain, but that offers you an uncomparable” view over the sea. The …

Tips on when to buy your next flight // Quando e’ meglio comprare un volo?

Sorry, I have been silent for a while, but I’ve been very busy tackling new frontiers 🙂 I have been reading though an article about buying patterns when booking a holiday. Things are changing and you’ll find interesting to read this article published on Expedia. You’ll find tips, for example, on when it’s the best day to book a flight. Wouldn’t it be nice to know? https://viewfinder.expedia.com/features/air-travel-trends-for-2016/ ———- //———- Scusate l’assenza, ma sono stata veramente presa, impegnata verso nuovi orizzonti. Comunque volevo condividere con voi un articolo che ho letto su Expedia qualche settimane fa’ che parlava del comportamento dei consumatori alla volta di acquistare i biglietti aerei, dove il prezzo diventa sempre piu’ importante. Ma no, davvero?! Scherzo, e’ sempre meglio che le sensazioni siano documentate! e’ interessante perche’ troverete interessanti spunti su quando, per esempio, acquistare i biglietti aerei. Non male, no? Buona lettura! …in inglese! https://viewfinder.expedia.com/features/air-travel-trends-for-2016/

Top 52 Places to Discover in 2016 according to the New York Times // 52 destinazioni da scoprire nel 2016 secondo il New York Times

TheNew York Times has published a list of the 52 Places worth visiting in 2016. Many of you have probably seen it flicking through your FB updates, but if you did not pay attention or you just looked into some of the destination, I’d suggest you to have a closer look at the full list. Despite agreeing or not with the ranked destinations, I think it’s really well presented! You’re presented with an amazing shot on one side and if you want to know more about that place, you can just click on the photo and discover more in general and of recent events or facts, at least on your phone, on your computer the description is just below. Many sites present it similarly, but somehow I find this list of the NYT more elegant and more impactful. It’ll be a very good photograph or just its image quality, the fact that some photos are half videos or the usually non-banal descriptions, I don’t know. Anyway, why don’t you just take a 2nd look! http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/07/travel/places-to-visit.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

There is something about Samoa: an Introduction to this Paradise (English only)

Before defintely leaving the Southern hemisphere at least for a while, we decided to enjoy a short break in the Pacific islands and this time we chose Samoa. Why Samoa? Samoa is just under 4hours from Auckland, our previous location, and it is still quite unspoilt and underdeveloped in terms of tourism. Let’s say it’s still authentic! Where to stay? There are different options on the 10 Samoan islands, but don’t expect the variety or the standard you’d find in Fiji. We stayed at the Sheraton Aggies Grey’s Resort and one of the reasons for this is because my husband is an SPG member and you are usually sure of their standard… it was really advantageous for us. It’s definitely quite a nice resort, with some room for improvement, due the fact that Sheraton started to manage it only recently and because Samoans are not used to mass tourism and they take their time to do things, but usually always with a smile on their face. So you’d need to take this into consideration and …