Geneva Trip: Eating and Shopping Highlights

I stocked up on some of my favourite Swiss chocolate bars at Geneva airport.

The first week back at work has been a little overwhelming, especially as, alongside a fairly busy schedule, I’m starting to study for an exam in my spare time. The trip to Geneva already feels a long way away, but I still have quite a lot of photos from the trip I’d like to share, and in looking through them this morning, some of the ‘holiday feeling’ has started to come back.

In terms of food, I certainly enjoyed putting any thought of calorie counting aside and  delicious chocolate, wine, bread and cheese became the staples of my diet. The weather was cold enough to make me crave a classic fondue, so Mum and I set off for a favourite restaurant in the Old Town:


I also enjoyed visiting a few of my favourite shops:

Bookbinders Design is a Swedish company that specialize in beautiful handcrafted stationery.

Scapa is one of my favourite designers for beautifully tailored clothes.

And discovered some new gems:

For olive addicts like myself, Olivier & Co is a little slice of heaven. I bought some delicious olive oil and tapenade to take home, and it was a big effort to restrain myself to only these purchases.

Mercerie Catherine B is a treasure trove for crafty folk. I spent ages sifting through all the beautiful kits and threads.

I (no doubt rather predictably!) bought the kit to embroider the Passion Chocolat sampler. Isn’t it sweet? It’ll be such fun to make it. I foresee a summer filled with my awaiting embroidery projects.

Finally, I managed a little bit of shopping before heading to the airport for our return flight to London. We paid a last minute stop to the French shopping centre Val Thoiry which has a Petit Bateau shop. To my delight, they had this jumper left in my size. Stupidly, after mentioning these cable knit sweaters in this post, I’d waited too long to buy one myself, and UK shops are now sold out in my size. I am so pleased to have got one now and adore the bright blue colour.

As you can see, in terms of shopping and eating, I certainly made the most of my four days!

Looking Forward to 2012

Rather than reflecting much on the past year, my mind is already reaching ahead, excited by the possibilities that 2012 holds. Here are a few things I plan to do in the coming months.

1. Complete unfinished projects and start some new ones. Last year, I concentrated on getting better at knitting (i.e. being able to knit at all). This year, I’d love to develop my embroidery skills.

2. Go to the theatre. I particularly want to see this and this. A real highlight of 2011 was seeing Richard III at the Old Vic – a truly fabulous production (if you are in New York, you have the chance to see it here from January 2012  – do go, Kevin Spacey’s performance is quite awe-inspiring).

3. Visit some new-to-me restaurants and cafes. Described as a ‘kind of Jewish deli with cocktails,’ Mishkin’s sounds like my kind of place. A Moroccan afternoon tea might be rather fun, and the cakes here and here certainly sound worth sampling.

4. Work my way through my TBR pile which includes: Bleak House (2012 marks the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth so I feel now is a good opportunity to read more of his novels); For Whom the Bell Tolls; Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and Greenbanks. These should keep me going on my daily London overground commute to work.

David Hockney, 'Woldgate Woods, 21, 23 & 29 November 2006', 2006. Oil on 6 canvases. 182 x 366 cm. Courtesy of the Artist. © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

5. See some art. I am particularly looking forward to the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Well, it seems to me that if all goes to plan 2012 should be off to a pretty good start!