A weekend in Zurich

At the end of last year I visited Zurich. It was my first time traveling to Switzerland, the land of chocolate and crystal clear water. Admittedly the city - renowned for its cleanliness hadn't been on my travel wish-list, so I was surprised to discover just how much the Swiss capital and banking hub (for what I knew it for) has to offer. I didn't know for example that Zurich has such an important artistic heritage - it was the birth place of Dadaism. Besides the architecture, which is beautiful, and even more so during the festive season, I also loved Zurich West - the burgeoning neighbourhood built around an old viaduct, with quirky shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries. It was one of the best weekend trips I've had in a long time. Staying at the beautiful boutique Marktgasse Hotel might have had something to do with it and spending Sunday afternoon un-winding in the city's thermal baths, was by far my a favourite excursion. Here's a little round-up of what to do and where to eat in this up and coming destination:

Address Book: 

Stay:

- Marktgasse Hotel

Do:

- Take a ferry ride around the lake

- Visit Zurich West – an up & coming area with shops and restaurants

- Thermalbad – bathe in the amazing thermal baths

- Cabaret Voltaire – learn about the birth of the art movement Dadaism

- Admire Marc Chagall’s beautiful stained glass windows inside Zurich’s Fraumunster Church

Eat:

- Lunch at Sprüngli Café - Swiss chocolatier with iconic restaurant attached

- Frau Gerolds Garten – fondu restaurant

- Vorderer Sternen

- Sudhang Wine Bar

Shop:

- Walter Vintage Moebel & Accessories

- Freitag - bags made from recycled trunk tarp

- Soeder* - style/ concept store

- Bookbinders Design - techni-coloured luxury stationers

The Interior at Marktgasse Hotel. 

Exploring Zurich West

Thank you to Marktgasse Hotel for making this trip possible. 

Courchevel 1850

If you watch my Instagram Stories, you would have seen that I spent the last few days in Courchevel. This was a very special trip for me, not just because I went with my boyfriend and friends, and visited one of the world's leading ski destinations, but because I finally put on a pair of skis for the first time since I was a teenager. For years I've been wanting to return to the icing sugar slopes and ski with Evian mountains looming behind me, but the timing just hadn't been right. But finally I found myself on the slopes looking up at the most incredible mountain views and bright blue skies. After getting stuck on the slopes a few times and suffering a couple of panic attacks - I am a bit afraid of heights and just hadn't built up my confidence enough yet to ski down a steep slope - I remembered how much I enjoyed (and the immense freedom that goes with it) skiing down a side of a mountain. It's addictive, and coupled with après ski activities, such as hot chocolate, fondue cheese for dinner and dancing either at an outside bar, ski boots an' all or in a lavish club at night - I now want to go back every year! Are you a ski-er? 

Scroll down for my ski style picks. 

Driving through the Croatian coast with Nissan

I'm wearing: Ganni T Shirt, similar here & here / Levis jeans / Sezane sneakers / Fossil watch / APC bag, similar here / COS Green Bomber Jacket, similar here & here

I've just come back from a fast & furious trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia with Nissan to test-drive their new Micra. I hadn't driven in a year, and last time it was in an automatic, so I was excited, but honestly a little apprehensive to get back into the driving seat, albeit on other side of the road. I'm now used to driving on the right in France (we drive on the left in the UK), but I did have to muster up some confidence. Luckily the new Micra was a dream to drive and once I remembered where the clutch was (ha!), it was responsive and quick, and took those Croatian coastal corners like a trooper. Plus mine matched my lipstick ;) It was a quick trip that meant I mainly saw sea views (obviously nothing to be sniffed at!) and only had around an hour to see Dubrovnik Old City, but as it was off season and there were hardly any tourists, I could easily whip around the cobbled streets to capture a few shots. Do you drive? And have you been to Dubrovnik? Having now been during high (August) and low season (January) - I suggest you go while it's still a little chilly, but sunny enough for sunglasses. 

Check out my belated Dubrovnik post here (from last year) for what to see and where to eat.