afternoon in gstaad

I was in Switzerland 2 weeks ago and we celebrated my mom’s birthday… She decided she wanted to go to Gstaad for a walk and I was more than happy to escape the autum fog for a few hours…

Gstaad is only about an hour drive away from where my parents live but it had been a while since I went there. One of the things I like about ski stations is that nothing really changes,  Gstaad was always a bit posh because of it’s famous residents (Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Roger Moore just to name a few) but the village is really lovely and it’s the perfect getaway for a ski weekend or (in our case) a little afternoon walk!

cool and kitschy souvenirs…

Ralph Lauren and Credit Suisse with a chic mountain flair…

new buddy…

on the way back…

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cool places : 25 hours hotels

I recently found this great hotel chain that offers cool design at affordable prices. Each hotel has a different theme (from circus to retro) and offers all the services one would expect from a 5 star hotel. So if you are traveling trough Germany, Austria or Switzerland (the Zürich hotel will be opened in Spring 2012 and decorated by the very talented (and good looking!) Swiss designer Alfredo Häberli) don’t hesitate to book a room, prices start at 130 Euros/night.

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pavia

Pavia is famous because of it’s Certosa, located 8km away but the city is really worth the trip too. We were lucky to go there on a Saturday because some streets were closed and in addition to that, the whole city center is car free (except for the residents) so you can really walk around freely and enjoy the city.

Our first stop was the covered bridge – il ponte coperto – that was built in the middle of the 14th century by the Visconti family. The bridge was completely destroyed by bombing during 2nd world war, rebuilt in the 50’s and one of Pavia’s landmarks.

Then we walked to the very impressive Duomo (the 3rd biggest in Italy) but it is currently under renovation so we couldn’t enter. The weather was so lovely and warm that we decided to have lunch watching at it from the piazza del Duomo instead.

We then headed to the Certosa located just outside the city. It’s actually a Carthusian monastery, that was built between 1400 and 1500 after J.C again by the Visconti family.

There are free guided tours every 30 minutes starting at 14.30 and this will allow to access all the different parts of the buildings.