frogs friends

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Last week I discovered that the best time to visit the Jardin des Plantes is right after a late afternoon summer storm.

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I didn’t see the ‘Planète Grenouille’ [Frog Planet] photographic exhibition as it was almost closing time but I met the real ones instead, all out and happy after the rain.

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poppies under the rain

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Giverny

Rainy morning today in Paris… I took this pictures back in 2011 on a day just like this in Giverny, a place that can be described as a flowers paradise. If you’re curious about this village situated in the north of France (not far from Paris at all) be sure to follow up as next week I’ll be posting some more.

Have a nice weekend!

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lazy and hot

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It is now official: after the longest winter ever, hot summer has arrived even in Paris (temperatures are expected to reach 30° and more throughout this week).

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bye bye zurich

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So that’s it for now, but there will be more swiss stuff coming soon :) … This was my second time in Zürich and I hope to visit it again soon as I’d like to explore more of the not-so-touristy and more urban districts.

I’m always more in love with Switzerland and I’m constantly seeking for advice on its cities and other places to see: if you have any please, please post it on the comments below as I’m looking forward to hear from you!

In the meantime here I found a little swiss/german phrasebook that may come useful if you plan to visit the german-speaking part of Switzerland…

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a stroll along the zurichsee

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Of course we are in Zürich: with 4.- chf you can enter the peaceful oasis of the China Garden and watch from under the pagodas the pollen of the trees floating on the breeze and the koi fish swimming quietly just above the water surface, as in a perfect coreography. Than back to the Zürich lake, for free (drinks not included).

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5 things to buy in zurich

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If visiting Zürich you could only buy five things what they will be? I made my choice.

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1] vintage and antique books
EOS Buchantiquariat Benz _ Kirchgasse 17 _ +41 44 261 57 50
There are so many nice bookshops in Zürich, but this one looks like a treasure chest.

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2] chocolate pastries (and more yummy delicacies)
Sprüngli _ Bahnhofstrasse 21 _ +41 44 224 46 46
Ok, this definitely isn’t a secret address but at least a little something sweet from this traditional café is a must. If the weather is not so sunny to sit outside, try to find a place on the beautiful dining room on the first floor.

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3] moustaches (and beards)
Perüken Haar M _ Langstrasse 195 _ +41 44 271 51 15
Moustaches are last years absolute hipster trend: if you can’t grow them than fake’em.

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4] edelweiss and other beautiful flowers
Blumen Fitze _ Augustinergasse 20 _ +41 44 221 21 61
Lovely fluffy flowers…. I just wonder once taken home how long they may survive on a city apartment.

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5] lace and embroideries
Spitzenhaus Degiacomi _ Börsenstrasse 14 _ +41 44 211 55 76
This is seriously one of my favourite shops in Zürich: the lady owner is so nice and helpful and I’m totally in love with all the lace and embroidery stuff with a vintage/mountain feel.

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…and then of course there are a lot more things you can buy, but just be careful as shopping in Zürich could be expensive as hell.

Before leaving I was searching through blogs for some tips about the must-see places and I stumbled upon this nice guide by Design Sponge: it dates back to 2009 but I wasn’t able to find anything much more recent online. Anyways once you get there I recommend you a very useful free little guide called “Check Out Zurich: 81 tips by young locals”, which I spotted on the last floor at Hiltl (another place you shouldn’t be missing… I ate there two times in two days and I was longing for more :) )

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