Author: Larisa

Discovering Swiss natural skincare brand ananné

“Discovering” is my favorite part of running this blog – getting to explore a new location, staying at a unique hotel, trying a regional dish, learning the history of a Swiss brand.  For those who grow up in Switzerland, local products and experiences are the norm, but for expats, knowing, doing, and shopping local is an insight and a small badge of integration achievement. Today I want to tell you about ananné, a premium natural skincare brand produced entirely in Switzerland, that I had the chance to discover at their recent re-launch event, and that I’m proud to work with this year.*

An adventure-filled weekend in the Alps: 7 things to do on Mount Titlis this summer

Last weekend on Mount Titlis was one non-stop mountain adventure. In just two days, we hiked, ziplined, rowed a boat, went up to the top to see snow and ice, went down to enjoy blooming meadows and sunny strolls, saw the sunrise and the sunset over Trübsee lake, and experienced winter.. in July (glaciers are so cool!). There is so much to do up there and all this fun is just a 1h40min train ride from Zürich. So if you’re looking for a memorable summer weekend in the Alps, with beautiful views and unique experiences, here are my Top 7 things to do at Titlis.

Exploring vineyards in Lavaux, Switzerland. Canton Vaud

How to spend a holiday weekend in Vaud: vineyards, castles and swimming in Lac Léman

Last week we spent a beautiful three days in the french-speaking Vaud region of Switzerland. I’ve dreamt of coming here for ages, ever since I saw a postcard of Lavaux vineyards above Lac Léman. It’s the kind of place you see on the cover of a calendar and put on your bucketlist immediately. In real life, it’s even dreamier. Here is how we spent our time in the region and enjoyed a feeling of “les vacances”, Swiss-French style. All tips and locations included.

Swiss-based ideas for what to do at home

Swiss-based ideas and resources to make the most of #stayinghome

Hi guys! My blog is usually about exploring outdoors and traveling to new places, but today I want to share some ideas for how we can make the most of staying home, as that’s the best thing we can do for ourselves and for Switzerland right now 🙂 I wanted this list to focus on local/Swiss shops, books, deliveries, etc. because that’s my community <3 Please comment more ideas below!

Watching trains cross the Landwasser viaduct from the viewpoint

Hiking to the Landwasser Viaduct viewpoint to watch the trains travel across

Ever since I crossed the Landwasser Viaduct on the Glacier Express, I’ve wanted to see this beautiful structure again, and this time, for longer than a minute. I’ve come across photos of it from above and thought that maybe they were taken by drones. But it turns out there is an easy and scenic hike that takes you to a perfect viewpoint to observe the viaduct and watch the trains travel across. When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that the Swiss built this 136m-high limestone bridge, connecting two mountain tunnels, over a hundred years ago. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage sight, and well worth a stop if you’re in Graubündern area. So here are my tips for enjoying this sight.

Three years in Switzerland

THREE YEARS in Switzerland. Technically the anniversary was in late January, but it took me a while to gather my thoughts and wrap my head around this. To be honest, I don’t have an exact date on which I celebrate because moving was a process – should I mark the first day I came here? The day I moved into the apartment? Or when I got my resident permit? Or maybe it’s the day of the flight from Helsinki to Zurich, when I closed the door for the last time on my beloved studio in my Northern home and flew two monster suitcases to Zurich, with a layover in Frankfurt and a flight so bumpy, so terrible, so emotional from FRA to ZRH that I became a scared flyer for the next two years, but Zurich officially became my only home? Since I don’t have an exact date, I go by my feelings and it now FEELS as what I think three years feels like. If you’re curious for what Year One felt like, you …

Swimming pool at Villa Orselina hotel in Locarno Switzerland

Swiss Dolce Vita at Villa Orselina in Locarno

It’s so good to be back here on the blog and writing again! It’s been crazy busy since this year began – with a lot of work but also a lot of adventures – so there is a lot to share! I want to tell you guys about our trip to the Italian-Swiss region of Ticino in May when we stayed at the incredible Villa Orselina hotel.

Zurich Kronenhalle restaurant original Chagall painting

Where to eat in Zurich: the legendary Kronenhalle restaurant

There are many great restaurants in Zurich, but Kronenhalle is one of a kind. Located in the heart of the city – at Bellevue – from its windows, you can see the busy streets of today’s Zurich, but inside is a world that has been preserved since 1924. Its legendary and historic status as a local institution is largely due to the fact that its owners loved food as much as they loved art.