Double Gruyères

Did you know that there are two Gruyères? Yep, one in France and one in Switzerland—it’s important to tell your GPS these things or else they’ll take you on one long adventure. We thankfully, caught on quickly and soon was on the right path! This Swiss town was really charming; complete with livestock, mountain views, a medieval castle and a bizarre homage to aliens. Besides gruyère cheese, they are known for their double cream; traditionally served as a dessert with berries or in a chocolate cup accompanying your espresso. I turned my black espresso into a mocha-latte espresso; which I’m sure is something that you are not suppose to do..

Double Gruyères

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Did you know that there are two Gruyères? Yep, one in France and one in Switzerland—it’s important to tell your GPS these things or else they’ll take you on one long adventure. We thankfully, caught on quickly and soon was on the right path! This Swiss town was really charming; complete with livestock, mountain views, a medieval castle and a bizarre homage to aliens. Besides gruyère cheese, they are known for their double cream; traditionally served as a dessert with berries or in a chocolate cup accompanying your espresso. I turned my black espresso into a mocha-latte espresso; which I’m sure is something that you are not suppose to do…

Swiss Mist

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When traveling to Switzerland, I always feel confused because it seems like France. They have (almost) the same language,  architecture and scenery but then you have to exchange currency, things are much more expensive and cleaner. Just throws me off.  The Finn and I traveled all around the French-Switzerland stopping in Geneva, Nyon, Gruyères…just to name a few (and that I can remember!). Here in the misty Alps the cow bells sounded like wind chimes. It was really peaceful.

Faire du piquenique

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The French love, love being outside with their wine, cheese and baguette. My professors will even plan a pre-concert picnic.  Before heading over to a Vappu party, the Finn wanted to see le jardin de Luxemburg. And to truly experience a French garden, one picnics.  Sadly Sarahauru Aoki was closed so we grabbed some Pierre Hermé croissants and macarons plus le grand épicerie goodies and headed over the garden to have a brunch picnic. Perfect timing too; as later that day it rained cats and dogs.

Let the music live on.

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OK, are you getting sick of my ballet posts?  It could have been the combination of things, the hall, the program (The Finale of Stravinsky’s Fire bird ), the company,etc…but this concert has ranked #2 on my “most moving classical concerts” lists. It was incredibly beautiful.  The orchestra was perfectly balanced (you could hear the harp harmonics!). Another thing I’d like to add—just as I thought that classical music was dying out, here on a Wednesday, the performance was sold out and the audience applauded at all of the appropriate times. I was very appreciative with both. A an unforgettable night.  

A Night at the Opera

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(really it was a Ballet)
Cape:circa 1790
LBD: H&M
Tights: HUE
Shoes: Target (a bit shabby, I know, but I walked from the 6th to Montmartre and back that day…)
Opera gloves: purchased in the 60’s in Paris
Earrings: citrines
Why: Seeing an amazing ballet at the Palais Garnier. An unforgettable performance and night.

Le Palais Garnier

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I have been in love with the outside of this building for years. And now, I am even more in love with the interior.  I felt like I was part of a movie, because unlike other historical buildings, the Palais Garnier is still being used as it was intended too, 200 years ago. Its a place that one must defiantly see (especially if you don’t have a chance to get over to Versailles).

Some of my favorite things: the red velvet seats (I loved the separators),the 7-ton chandelier comprising of bronze and crystal and oddly enough my very favorite thing at the opera house was the 1964 addition—the surrounding ceiling area of the chandelier art by Marc Chagall. There are 14 scenes from operas by Moussorgsky, Mozart, Wagner, Berlioz, Rameau, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky  Adam, Bizet, Verdi, Beethoven, and Gluck. 

And skip the tour and buy yourself a ticket to a concert! 


Le petit déjeuner chez Cartier

When in France, you must adjust your jewelers; although to be honest, I prefer Cartier to Tiffany’s these days.  I believe that everyone should have a little Holly Golighty in their character. She is one of my favorite woman literary characters. There are many literal comparisons with her life and mine; for instant, there are days where I’m home embroidering, listening to my Finnish CDs while forgetting about dinner cooking on the stove. I have an emergency red lipstick in my mailbox…and I sometimes take a café emporter and croissant and window shop.  If you haven’t done the latter in my list, I strongly suggest doing so; there’s really nothing more relaxing than this.  Paris is the prefect place to do this since window displays are an art form.  

Le petit déjeuner chez Cartier

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When in France, you must adjust your jewelers; although to be honest, I prefer Cartier to Tiffany’s these days.  I believe that everyone should have a little Holly Golighty in their character. She is one of my favorite woman literary characters. There are many literal comparisons with her life and mine; for instant, there are days where I’m home embroidering, listening to my Finnish CDs while forgetting about dinner cooking on the stove. I have an emergency red lipstick in my mailbox…and I sometimes take a café emporter and croissant and window shop.  If you haven’t done the latter in my list, I strongly suggest doing so; there’s really nothing more relaxing than this.  Paris is the prefect place to do this since window displays are an art form.

Raclette

IMG_8283It took 25 years, but now I’ve had the French cheese dish.  It was amazing. Like a drug, I just wanted more and more…therefore; it will be another 25 years until I experience this sinful dish again. Because I have no self-restraint when it comes to potatoes, baguette and cheese and I’d like to keep my cholesterol and dress size small.  Similar to fondue, raclette is a meal which involves melted cheese. Typically served with a charcuterie and other raw meat plus starches like baguette and potatoes.  Instead of dipping,  you pour over the gooey goodness with a special spoon or knife on your spread. The meat cooks on top of the cheese melt-er. Yum. Yum. Yum. Just look at this bubbly goodness!