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Canadian impressionist paintings

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

Maurice Cullen, Hiver à Moret, 1895, oil on canvas, 59,7 × 92,1 cm, Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario, Don de J.S. McLean, Canadian Fund, 1957, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario 56/29

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. Read More

girl sewing

Me and my Bernina: Finding sewing supplies in & around Geneva (+ online)

girl sewing

Original illustration of “Crafty Sewing Girl” by Togataki.


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. Read More

Geneva LUXuriates in its annual festival of lights in the new year

“lightShip” by Alexandre Burdin-François and Boris Edelstein places a beacon of light atop the vintage paddlesteamer Italia.

The Geneva Lux festival of lights, organised by the city’s Department of Urban Environment and Security, returns from 24 January to 2 February 2020 to transform its boulevards, boats, churches, hotel facades and parks into vibrant artworks for visitors and residents alike. Read More

Discover “Pioneers of Photography in the Swiss Romandy” with highlights from the Auer Ory Collection at the Maison Tavel until March 2020

antique photograph

Auguste Garcin: Russian Church, Geneva, around 1865, albumin print, 126 x 215 mm, ©Fondation Auer Ory.

Until March 2020, a new exhibition at the Maison Tavel in Geneva’s Old Town displays a beautiful collection of photographs tracing the first 25 years of photography in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

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“Shadows – From the Renaissance to Present Day” illuminates the walls of the Hermitage until 27 October

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Shadow of the boat, 1903, oil on canvas, Museo Sorolla, Madrid. Photo: Museo Sorolla, Madrid.

I have to say I’m very impressed with how the Hermitage Foundation in Lausanne always manages in its exhibitions to include a favourite painting of mine, discovered during my five-year stay as an expat in Hampstead, London.

It’s as if they’re reading my mind and I’ll have to tell them how much I appreciate it on my next visit, which is never very long after my last one because their exhibitions consistently distinguish themselves by their quality and diversity. Read More

Meyrin Geneva Alpine botanical garden

Meyrin’s award-winning Alpine Botanical Garden + Botanica 2019: 70 events at 20 Swiss Gardens

Meyrin Parc Botanic Alpin

The Jardin Botanique Alpin can be reached in ten minutes from Cornavin Station via Trams 14, 18 and also by Bus 57, Stop: Jardin-Alpin-Vivarium. Above is the Saleve entrance, located off Rue Lect.


Every year since 1998, the Swiss Heritage Society recognises one garden in Switzerland for its outstanding achievements in the garden arts, placing as much value on efforts to conserve and maintain valuable historic green spaces as it does on the creation of new, contemporary ones.

On Saturday, 18 May, the Society awarded its Schultess Prize, named after the award’s benefactors Georg and Marianne von Schulthess-Schweizer and worth CHF 25’000.00, to the Jardin Botanique Alpin Meyrin, located in the Geneva suburb of Meyrin. Read More

African fashion designers in Geneva for Afrodyssée 2019

Afrodyssée 2019 Trends Market brings Africa’s newest wave of trendsetting designers to Geneva on 15 June

Afrodyssee 2019 African fashion talent in Geneva

SELLY RABY KANE from Senegal has just collaborated with nine other African designers to create IKEA’s Överallt special collection under the patronage of the Design INDABA agency. Her unique and lush style is deeply rooted in her Peuhl culture.

It’s Spring in Geneva and along with it the Afrodyssée African Style Market will be back in town for its fifth edition introducing the latest, exciting batch of trendsetting African fashion, beauty and design influencers to the European continent.

Some 40 designers of men and women’s fashion, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, decor and design will present their unique, high-quality creations, some for the first time. An evening fashion show profiling the most audacious and popular brands promises to be an event highlight. Read More