Meanwhile.... back in Switzerland. Hey guys, more pics from around here lately. This is Les Paccots, an area where I often take the dog out for a serious walk or go for a short getaway hike. I didn't get to the mountains nearly as much as I would have liked last year but I hope to do a little bit more this year. Les Paccots is not too high up and the snow season has been quite low this year as you can see, lots of dry patches. Still seriously oh so pretty! Happy trails everyone. TM x
Where I live now there is a tiny little village nearby where the most lovely Hollywood Golden Age starlet used to reside. Audrey Hepburn lived at her charming 18th century ivy-covered villa, La Paisible, which means "peaceful" in French for the latter 30 years of her life. The small village of Tolochenaz is located near Morges in the French speaking part of Switzerland on Lake Geneva. My daughter and I went there recently to take a peek at Hepburn's beautiful home and pay our respects to the most charming, stylish, sweetest actress ever. This is not a tourist site and our visit was incredibly quaint and very spontaneous. In the village square there is a statue bust commemorating Audrey and then as you walk further down a small road you will find La Paisible, just behind a low stone wall. The villa is so picturesque, a large old farmhouse with light blue shutters and an amazing garden brimming with trees and flowers. For all of you Audrey fans out there, you might know what I'm talking about here, for what we found was moving and a real inspiration. I took some pictures and my daughter borrowed my trench coat for some Audrey inspired looks. It was so quiet there as we walked through the village and discussed what a lovely cinematic fashion icon Audrey was and why it only takes "Sabrina", "Roman Holiday" and "Breakfast At Tiffany's" to see what all the fuss is about. Thank you Audrey Hepburn for all the grace, humanity, beauty and inspiration that you have given.
Hello Spring! We've been anxiously awaiting your arrival and we're stoked that you are finally here. Now that the weather is turning a bit warmer and the days are getting a little longer we're heading down to the lake a lot more. Switzerland is so pretty at this time of year. We get showers of rain and sunshine, the mountains are still snowcapped and all the flowers are in bloom. Some photos from an early Spring morning on Lake Geneva, where the water is pale and the sky is pastel. What's your season and your reason?
Hello from Switzerland. We finally made it up to Verbier! I have made this small photo journal with some of my impressions. Hope you enjoy. For those in the know, Verbier is THE place for winter sport resort. It's hip and happening and down right riche. But beyond all the glamour and glitz, I found a mountain that feels like home, very chilled and very cordial. With just one hour's drive from our house, we woke early, packed the car, coffee to go and hit the road. We had a ski lesson booked for the kids at 10am and a forest walk mapped out for me and the pup. It was the perfect getaway. The forest walk was beautiful and we ended the trail at a lookout point where we could watch all the skiers coming down off their run. It was here at this moment when I became convinced that I will never ski but instead I will snowboard! And I cannot wait for the next time we're on that mountain so I can ride again after all these years. Check back here to see how I will make that happen! : ) After our walk in the evergreens, my dog and I hung out at the W Hotel and had a warm cuppa while we waited for the kids to come off the slopes. Then over a late lunch at the legendary Offshore Cafe, we talked and laughed about all the fun they had had skiing, before heading back down the mountain and back home. Fab day out, so highly recommended, we love Verbier! Go pack your bags!
(Photography by Tanya Moss)
This was my place a few weeks ago. All snow, silver and magic. I run in these woods usually but haven't put on my running shoes since November. I'm aching! As I write this the sun is shining and the weather has turned. I went for my first run this morning and it was so good to be back! The snow is near enough melted, the sun is warm and light, the first bluebells are starting their blooms and the evergreens are showing their emerald might again. Three cheers... hip, hip, hooray!