Spending several hours eating, drinking and enjoying the city – as a local.
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.
A true and rare winter wonderland experience in Switzerland. This was a big one on my bucket list and I’m so happy I got to do it in my second year here. A few tips before you go.
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.
Weekend getaway dream: to wake up in the mountains, put on your fluffy robe and slippers, and have your morning cup of tea from the balcony, with a view of a snow-covered village and day full of fun activities ahead. Here is how we spent the weekend at CERVO Zermatt.
Oeschinensee (Lake Oeschinen in English). The name of this lake is a little hard to remember and pronounce but it’s so beautiful and worth it that I’ve been here twice already in one year.
One of my favorite ways to have quality time in Zürich is to stroll and shop at the Farmer’s market. I love the colors of the food and flower stalls, the sound of many conversations between shoppers and vendors, the fresh selection and wider choice than you’d find at the supermarket, and the luxury of taking the time to choose something healthy and natural for the table.
With so many hot days this summer, I got to spend many lunches and evenings at what I think is one of the best things in Zürich: the badis. If you told me before I moved here, that this city, known for its prices and bankers, has amazing public swimming areas (some of them free) where locals come to cool off from 30+ temperatures, I wouldn’t believe you that a) it gets that hot in Switzerland and b) that this is part of the local lifestyle. Somehow it sounds more like Spain than a country known for skiing and Alps – but actually, it’s a very Swiss thing. Here is my guide to Zurich’s best-kept secret.*
Last weekend I partnered together with Mazda to do my first ever road trip through Switzerland – an epic 5-hour drive from Zurich to Adelboden, with shimmering blue lakes, centuries-old towns, and Swiss Alps as our backdrop.
Blausee (“Blue Lake”) is probably one of the most famous travel destinations in Switzerland.