Author: Elena

Discover open spaces with Swiss Heritage’s Historic Trails booklets

The Swiss Heritage Society — (Schweizer Heimatschutz / Patrimoine Suisse) dedicates itself to preserving Swiss culture in the shape of its buildings and national monuments as well as its open spaces, including parks and walking trails.  If, like me, you enjoy combining walking and discovering landscapes, architecture, history and local culture, then you’ll enjoy the Society’s Destination Heritage guidebooks. The first guidebook, Destination Heritage, Volume 1: Historic Trails is dedicated to connecting history and nature-lovers with the 35 most beautiful and historically significant transit routes in the country. From bridges with a daring structure, old mule tracks, and Napoleonic alpine roads to romantic Belle Époque routes through the countryside, these historic trails shine a light on the country’s social and political developments as much as its architectural and technical ones.   Routes of communication are cultural property   In Destination Guidebook Volume 2, entitled Ripe Fruit and Golden Hay, walkers are led to discover the beauty and diversity of 23 traditional rural landscapes, many of which have been transformed over the centuries. And Volume 3 will set …

Finding Sewing and Needle Craft Supplies, Patterns, & Fabrics in shops & online in Swiss Romandy

Over the years, many shops and sewing departments dedicated to selling fabrics, patterns and haberdashery have disappeared from the Geneva-area landscape. Those that remain largely stock fabrics for home and hobby and less for couture creations, as well as basic sewing notions (thread, seaming binding, scissors, etc). It’s been a sad process to see the winnowing of quality and diversity, but I’m encouraged that a few courageous entrepreneurs have bucked the trend and opened online and even a few bricks-and-mortar shops, some offering unique patterns from small labels, as well as basic supplies and occasionally sewing classes. Below are the names and contact details of shops that I’ve come across in the past, though I haven’t checked in with them recently. As some do not have websites, I cannot verify that since writing this post, they still exist or have not changed their address. So I suggest you give them a call before heading out. Fabric, Patterns, Notions, Knitting supplies – Shops In Geneva Textiles Acacias SA at 45B route des Acacias (1227 Les Acacias) …

Hollywood Glamour in Carouge: the Photos of Ernest Piccot 1930-1950

Newly reopened after the city recently lifted (partially) it’s COVID-19 lockdown, the Museum will feature this exhibition until 14 March at its temporary location at Boulevard des Promenades 25.   The original review follows below: There’s a little bit of glamour in all of us. Or so some of us like to think. Usually, that glamour finds expression in private moments as we gaze into the bathroom mirror freshly made up or if we catch our reflection in a storefront window on a particularly good day. For that fleeting moment of satisfaction, a few things have to hit the right notes: the lighting, angle, clothes, mood, props and makeup. Yet rarely in our daily lives do these elements occur simultaneously and in a natural setting. From the 1930s to 1950s, a few fortunate women had all those high notes hit, albeit in the Carouge photo studio of photographer Ernest Piccot. His portraits of local women, their identitites unrecorded and unknown, now make up a retrospective at the Musée de Carouge entitled Elles. In the Lens of Ernest …

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Post-lockdown agenda: Item No. 1 – Canadian Impressionism at Hermitage

Im kicking myself for ignoring my initial impulse to visit the Hermitage Foundation in Lausane “no matter what” when their current exhibition Canada and Impressionism opened there in late January. Being Canadian and a fanatic for almost all things Impressionism I knew I’d be Impressed (excuse the pun) by the collection of a hundred paintings by Canadian painters, which has been loaned to the Hermitage largely by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

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Me and my Bernina: A love affair made in Switzerland.

The chances of my being interviewed for a Proust Questionnaire–those Q&As so popular in trendy magazines wherein the celebrity being profiled dishes on their likes and dislikes, favorite quotes, the contents of their handbag and most tellingly, their most prized possession–are small to nil, yet I can’t help but ponder what my responses might be if asked.