Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lake Geneva Lunch Cruise - Dining with CGN

The weather is stunning today, but overall it’s been a moody June in Lausanne. From the confinement of city streets and buildings the weather was downright depressing. But as always, venture lakeside and the grey, somber light gives depth and mystery to an often all too familiar landscape.

To be honest, if we weren’t celebrating a birthday last weekend, we probably would have stayed in the city and sulked. However, birthdays come but once a year and demand attention, so we tucked our melancholy away and boarded the beautifully-restored historic Vevey boat for a decadent two-hour tour and lunch.

Smoky clouds clung to cliff sides and sometimes even dared to dip down a kiss the surface of the water. Fleeting rays of sunshine cast light on a shocking green army of grass, persistently making its way up the mountains, ready to establish its presence as guardian of summer pastures. The water bubbled and gurgled as we wheeled past, revealing a prism of greens and blues and foamy whites, ever changing. Even on the dreariest of days, our Lake is breathtaking.

In recent years, Switzerland has been giving its fleet of Belle Epoque boats some extra love and care. Many have been restored to their turn-of-the-century (20th century, that is) glory.

The menu aboard offers a surprisingly delicious set of Swiss standard fare. The real deal, however, is to stick to the plat du jour, which for 19 CHF is an absolute steal. These pork cheeks and macaroni were the perfect pair for our rainy day cruise.

The CGN has switched to its summer schedule, just in time for the beautiful long days. Check out the timetable, and be sure to look for the cruises that offer a dining experience (knife and fork icon) and on a historic boat (paddle wheel icon). Bon voyage!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Our 3 Favorite Spots for Watching the Euro 2016

We'd be lying if we said we came into these soccer football tournaments as natural fans. Both American, the sport itself remains a bit of a mystery to us. However, we DO love team spirit, an enthusiastic crowd, and donning national colors while waving flags (we may have some high school cheerleading in our past...). Basically, we look forward to the Euro Cup and World Cup every other year for the fanfare and ceremony. Plus, when else does sleepy, measured Switzerland get a little crazy?! That car horn honking is music to our ears...

So when we're looking for a place to watch the game match, we want plenty of good beer and lively company. While just about every bar in town has installed a screen to broadcast the tournament, there are definitely stand outs. Here's our shortlist:

Ouchy - This is definitely where the party is. If you haven't been down there in a few weeks, you will have missed the enormous screen, ample food vendors and bustling crowds. This is THE place for watching the game. And in case you have to look away in agony as the other team approaches your goal, you can always gaze on the Lake and mountains. Not a bad trade off, really.

The Great Escape - With a large screen set up on their famous terrace, this is a great place to enjoy hanging out with friends and keeping an eye on the score. Another perk, the food and beer is some of our favorite bar fare in town.

Bulldog - A new addition to the Flon, Bulldog has made some big promises about being Lausanne’s best sports bar with huge screens throughout the restaurant and on its terrace. If you want to be able to move about freely without missing a play, Bulldog is your spot.

What about you? Any other favorite spots in town for keeping up with the tournament?

Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20 - 26

Photo by Gabriel

According to the calendar, today marks the first day of summer! Let's hope the weather gets the memo and starts acting accordingly. In the meantime, here are some fun events happening this week in and around Lausanne. Have a great start to summer!
  • And if you're in the mood for chilling lakeside, Jetée de la Compagnie will have their own little music fête.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bon Weekend

Photo by Gabriel

Well Lausanne, you made it to Friday! Got any plans this weekend? If you're looking for some inspiration, check out our post from Monday (will we see you at Docteur Gab's 15th anniversary party?!). In the meantime, here's some reading from around the web:

Do you enjoy solving riddles? Then this website is for you.

These tweets are cracking us up.

This black jumpsuit is elegant and the best part? It's 50% off.

Our thoughts about the 2016 American Presidential Election summed up on a single bumper sticker.

Are you guilty of confusing these terms?

See the incredible images included in the 2016 World Press Photo Contest.

What a beautifully simple blanket.

Strawberries are in season and this recipe is looking fiiiine.

What are your thoughts on poufs? We can see this one fitting into our living room decor.

If you need a good laugh, watch this T-Rex perform on Ninja Warrior.

A speeding ticket for...wait for it..15 kph.

Violet definitely needs this.

All the feels.

This Instagram makes us so hungry.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Welcome Baby Remy

In some ways, we cannot believe a month has already gone by. But at the same time, our bleary and heavily lidded eyes tell a different story--friends, we have a newborn.

Remy was born on the 11th of May right here in Lausanne and we are smitten. When Sarah and I found out we were both pregnant, we had a mild panic attack (what will happen to TLG?!) and then we collected ourselves and realized that growth was a natural part of any passion project, and that we would learn to evolve and adapt and it would be good. We also knew that this was such a momentous part of our lives that we absolutely wanted to document our new additions and share this part of our journey with you. We couldn't think of a better person to chronicle our growing families than our dear friend, TLG sponsor, and talented photographer Hayley Hay

As many of you know, Hayley describes herself as a 'natural children's photographer'. When we introduced her as a sponsor, we explained that this means she captures the whimsical nature of childhood in such a raw and realistic way. Nothing is too posed or contrived--she simply lets her subjects be and finds the beauty as they are. 

I must admit that I was a bit nervous to have her in our home; me, freshly out of the hospital (and still looking like I was 7-months pregnant!), a six day-old baby, a lively toddler, and a husband who hates being photographed. But the session proved to be painless, and might I dare say enjoyable

Hayley is able to photograph people in a natural way because she herself is a natural--she is direct and flexible and gentle, she is an entertainer (for my toddler), a housekeeper (she swept up dust after moving a piece of furniture), an encouraging voice, and a engaging conversationalist. She was so lovely, that after she left my 2 year-old daughter asked if she could come back to play. Thank you Hayley for the wonderful experience, but more so for these beautiful photographs that have captured such a significant time in our lives. We will forever cherish these.

To learn more about Hayley Hay Photography, or for inquiries check out her website. We cannot recommend her more highly, and look forward to sharing our next addition--Sarah's--coming soon!

Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13 - 19

Oh summer, where art thou? We're gearing up for another soggy week here in Lausanne...but at least there are some fun ways to spend it! Here's what's going on this week:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Crispy Honey, Garlic & Sriracha Chicken

Or alternatively titled, "When you can't make it to Chez Xu"

We found this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and looked too-good-to-be-true-easy. Plus it was labeled as a "healthy alternative" to other breaded Chinese-style recipes. Easy and healthier? Psh, we'll see about that.

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