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Finding humor and humanity in the Far Eastern treasures of Geneva’s Musée Fondation Baur

When I visited the exhibition A Chinese Adventure: A Swiss family in pursuit of success in the Celestial Empire this past April, I promised myself that I would return to visit the permanent collection of the Musée Fondation Baur before the summer was out. With little time to spare after having enjoyed the temporary exhibit in the basement, I’d rushed through three floors of display cases catching too short a glimpse of the artwork on view. But it was long enough to appreciate that the beauty — and unexpectedly to me, the humour — to be found in the exquisite Far Eastern treasures displayed merited at the very least one more visit.

nest museum vevey

Nest: a playful, informative, interactive experience the whole family can enjoy

Although technology-driven and educational, “Nest” bursts with fun, humor and heart — and conjures lots of fond food memories — so its message is never out of the reach of even the youngest visitor. On 15 June 2016, the CHF50 million “discovery center” Nest opened its doors to the public in the stunningly renovated factory space in Vevey where Henry Nestlé invented in 1867 and went on to manufacture his groundbreaking, lifesaving powdered baby formula (farine lactée). Elements of the original factory, including metal girders, patched-up brick walls, and a looming facade that was once the external wall of the original workplace have been cleverly enfolded within a spacious, glass fronted structure.

Chaplin's World in Vevey

Chaplin’s World: celebrating the artist, family man, and citizen of the world

Ten years in the making, the newly opened Chaplin’s World in Corsier-sur-Vevey wins over visitors of all ages with an immersive look into its beloved subject’s life that cleverly mixes memories, imagination, humour and oodles of heart. In September 1952, Charles Chaplin left his home in Los Angeles and boarded a ship in New York with his wife Oona and their young children to attend the premiere of his latest film “Limelight” in London. The next day, the US attorney general revoked Chaplin’s re-entry permit largely based on the latter’s political views, which were thought to be pro-Communist. When Chaplin received the news he cut his ties with the United States and within four months had settled into the Manoir de Ban, an elegant mansion at Corsier-sur-Vevey with a 3.5 hectare estate and stunning views over Lake Geneva. “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin Here he spent the last 25 years of his life, living and realizing his creative projects in peace, accepted by the local population …

Olympic Museum Lausanne

Lausanne’s Olympic Museum brings hearts & minds closer to the real thing

If like me you’ve been slow to fully embrace the Olympics Games after an endlessly negative media build-up however legitimate, then I recommend a visit to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to help you get your Olympic mojo back before they’re over for another four years. Informative, inspiring and just plain fun, I found myself reliving so many special Olympic moments and personal memories from past Games that I came away appreciating all over again what the fuss is all about.

roast chicken

Recipe favourite: roast chicken with bacon, shallots, chili & thyme

This wonderfully tasty and quick-to-make meal is a great fall-back recipe for yourself, family or friends that is sure to please everyone who tucks into it. Based on a recipe by Australian restaurateur Bill Granger from the March 2012 issue of UK Delicious Magazine, it has been adapted by mio marito to suit his flamboyent taste buds and to take advantage of the wonderful herbs that fluorished in our garden despite the admittedly lightweight winter we had this year. The original recipe calls for a whole chicken to be cut up into eight pieces, but my resident masterchef de-bones the bird, adds far more herbs and spices as well as mushrooms and slivers of sun-dried tomatoes. An alternative to de-boning and entire chicken is to use 1kg of a cut called Supreme de Poulet (chicken breast and shoulder) that you might have to pre-order at the counter if you don’t find it already pre-packaged. Be sure to keep the skin on the pieces as this adds flavor to the dish. We’ve also taken to replacing chicken with pintade (guinea fowl), …