On our second day in Geneva in April we started by visiting the site of the UN. We hadn’t managed that the year before and I felt like it was really something that should not be missed.
The Broken Chair sculpture, symbolising opposition to land mines and cluster bombs.
From there we continued to the Botanical garden.
Find the frog!
This was like something from Labyrinth.
The very hot and humid glasshouse.
Mum loved it there!
Photo op. 😛
Look at the giant bee!
The tulips were breathtaking.
I always got very excited when a bus with this ad passed by.
After visiting the Botanical garden we were in a mood for a cup of coffee and some cupcakes so we headed to Cuppin’s.
I’d been looking forward to these cupcakes for more than a year. They’re quite possibly the most delicious cupcakes I’ve ever had.
Then we walked made an attempt to walk off in the town.
This place must be even more charming in the summer. It was buzzing already and it was only April.
I found George Eliot’s house!
It was warm enough to eat out – our first lunch out in 2016. Pretty amazing!
After lunch we went back to the hotel to relax for a bit because we had a big evening coming up: Ice Legends, Stéphane Lambiel’s incredible figure skating show.
It’s been two months now and I’m still utterly thrilled by it. It was something so special and I feel so privileged to have been able to been there to witness it first-hand. If you know anything about figure skating, you’ll probably be able to tell how amazing it was just by the line up: Stéphane Lambiel, Carolina Kostner, Daisuke Takahashi, Mao Asada, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov, Sarah Meier, Brian Joubert, Ilia Kulik…. I mean, it doesn’t get better than that. And seeing Stéphane’s Poeta, Caro’s Bolero, Tessa & Scott’s Carmen, Daisuke’s Mambo or Tati & Max’s Masquarade Waltz was truly a dream come true.
However, the magic of it wasn’t in the absolutely flawless programs. It was in the complete and utter joy and passion that every single skater there exuded. You could honestly feel all of it from the second they stepped on the ice and you couldn’t help but be floored by it.
What also needs to be mentioned is Le Poeme – a wonderful number, a poem of three parts. I had been looking forward to seeing some of my favourite progammes from the past year but I have to say that Le Poeme was, for me, an absolute highlight of the evening. The choreography and musicality of the entire piece was incredible. I mean, I feel like there aren’t nearly enough adjectives to describe. (But it’s on up on Youtube so you can see for yourselves. :))
I didn’t really take photos during the show because I wanted to be fully immersed in every single moment and I was afraid I’d miss a lot if I took photos. I only got a few snaps at the very end.
Tessa & Carolina were being just too adorable.
I hope with all my heart that there’ll be a third edition next year. And if so, I’ll do my best to be there because this really was one of the most magical nights in my life.