Month: June 2016

Frankenstein at Bodmer Fdtn Cologny

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” returns to Cologny 200 years after its birth

The weather on Lake Geneva in June 1816 was especially bad — we know what that’s like lately but rather than climate change being the culprit as it is today, a volcanic eruption in faraway Indonesia was to blame for the storms over Europe that Summer. (Well, in fact, the eruption did evoke catastrophic climate change for years after its eruption leading to widespread crop failure and mass hunger on the continent.) Torrential rain was proving tedious for five young visitors to the area — all exiles from scandal and debt in London — and one of them, their host one sodden evening at his rented digs, the Villa Diodati in Cologny, put down a challenge as a means of distraction: “We will each write a ghost story,” he said. Frankenstein: the first science fiction novel The works resulting from that competition would achieve literary acclaim and over time, none more so than that of 19-year-old Mary Godwin, the lover and soon-to-be wife of the renowned poet Percy Bysshe Shelley who was there along with their host, the infamous Lord Byron and the latter’s personal physician John William Polidori. It took some time for Mary …

La Noyère spring market

La Noyère Spring Market: artisanal creativity blossoms in a magical garden setting on 16-17 June 2017

As the setting for a spring market I cannot imagine a more naturally magical one than the gardens of La Noyère, the 18th-century manor house set in the vineyards surrounding the village of Mont-sur-Rolle overlooking Lake Geneva. This is where its owner and founder of the La Noyère Christmas and Spring Markets Anne-Catherine Goetschin will welcome visitors, come rain or come shine — but hopefully shine — on Friday, 16th and Saturday, the 17th of June 2017. (Please note that the original text for this post was written in 2016, but the dates have been updated to reflect this year’s market.) A select group of talented artisans Some 15 European artisans of the highest calibre will be on hand to offer creations that will include: refined white ceramics; elegant silver-and-semiprecious stone jewellery; unique and characterful Raku sculptures; delicate paper découpage ‘paintings’; leather sandals, and dresses, for summer; handmade cards; and fine chocolates. Anne-Catherine, a professional florist, has been hard at work planning, ordering, and in the days running up to the market assembling her own floral arrangements of seasonal flowers, herbs and plants with help from a support team that …