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Friday, 31 August 2012

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

L'amandier in Mougins

Firstly, let me explain where Mougins is situated. This very small but very cosy town is located in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France, 15-minute drive from Cannes.

In modern times, Mougins has been frequented and inhabited by many artists and celebrities, including Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Winston Churchill, Catherine Deneuve, and Édith Piaf. Pablo Picasso spent the last 12 years of his life living in Mougins (1961–1973), where he died. 

I was there to visit the town and also taste great food in one of the restaurants after which I had a walk through narrow streets of Mougins. Restaurant was worth driving from Nice (30mins)  and so I would recommend you to visit 'L'amandier' in Mougins.

48 Avenue Jean-Charles Mallet
06250 Mougins 
(0)6 60 51 61 72

Yes, Me :)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Instant Classic: Tapestry Motif

Needlepoint work, more precisely tapestry (a form of textile art) is known to be a hobby of Marie Antoinette (queen of France) and now becomes an inspiration for well-known designers such as Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, Derek Lam and others. This summer, everything has been coming up roses-elaborate embroidered roses. As I have written in one of my posts fashion is an art form and you can see the correlation in the pictures below.

"The intricate craftsmanship doesnt come cheap-but it is the price you pay to have everytone on pins and needles." - Michelle Guerrere

Tapestry example

Restaurant Review: Michelin Starred 'Le Montagne'

The Michelin Guide is a series of annual guide books published by Michelin for over a dozen countries. In 1933 André Michelin and his brother Édouard Michelin introduced restaurant listings and the Michelin star system for food ranking. The guide awards one to three stars to a small number of restaurants of outstanding quality.

One star indicates a "very good cuisine in its category",
a two-star ranking represents "excellent cuisine, worth a detour," 
 three stars are awarded to restaurants offering "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey"

In this post I am sharing information and pictures from the one starred Michelin restaurant in Switzerland - Le Montagne. Quity cosy, silent and mostly in green colour. Food was really nice. I would advise you to taste risotto if you ever go there. They have the most tasty one I have ever tasted. 

While sitting there I did not see any celebrity however, closer to 9pm a young guy looking like a professional football player came in with a middle aged man. What were they doing there? No, of course no. I am not paparazzi so no secrets like this in this blog. But let me confess, they made a very right decision to discuss a few million cost transfer exactly in that restaurant ;)

Rue du Village 21  1803 Chardonne, Switzerland
                                                                                   tel:  021 921 29 30

Monday, 27 August 2012

Fashion Alert: Chanel's Classic Revisited

Last year I had a post about LBD which stands for Little Black Dress. Just to summarise it - a little black dress is an evening dress, and is considered as a "rule of fashion". Fashion historians discribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel.

So Why Are Louboutin Soles Red?

Last week when being in Istanbul Airport Lounge I was eating my Ladurees bought in Monte Carlo, drinking tea and watching TV. Soon I became bored so I walked a bit to the nearest table and took a Wall Street Journal Fashion to read.  As I always do I started to read it from the old habit. Guess what I found? Interview of a famous shoemaker, designer, Mr-know-everything-about-shoes-Christian Louboutin. In this interview he was talking about his collection of own shoes, new house and of course red soles.

I am parasailing!

My wish is to jump with a parachute so I hope I will do it by next summer. What I did this summer is less scary I sailed through the sky whilst attached to a parachute and towed by a boat. Just amazing experience the buzz of rising up to 1,000 feet into the air. 

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Leica by Leica. Hermes Edition

It probably interests you, why do I share a post about Leica? Why not any other camera brand? Easy, I use it. I have been using Leica since my amazing brother sended it to me as a gift to take pictures for my blog. So my Leica is very special. Plus it is super posh!

Leica cameras are produced by Leica Camera AG, a German optics company and the first Leica prototypes were built in 1913, so it is quite old. Even if I am not using its most cutting edge technology pictures are still very bright, professional and beautiful (Well, I hope you think so too ).

Oh and I almost forgot to share a secret with you. Brad Pitt, Dmitry Medvedev, Scarlett Johansson, Victoria Beckham, Miley Cyrus and quite a few more celebrities are using Leica too! Ultimately there are a lot of reasons to use Leice and not a single reason not to.

A few days ago I went to the Leica shop in Nice and found something magnifique there. Leica's Hermes edition. Yes, yes, Leica's Hermes edition. When first saw it I was frozen on my place, did not move for a while. Not like it keeped me iced becuase of its design, actually I find ordinary vintage type Leicas more attractive but collaboration of Leica and Hermes is Posh+Posh=Super Puper Posh! So my eyes are on that Leica which is estimated to be 9000 Euro.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

When getting tanned in Cannes I somehow noticed a brochure on the table next to mine which was a desciption of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, one of the houses possessed by Rothschild family. I have seen the villa which they visit from time to time in summer (obviously, only from outside) but this one was different. This one was open for public...I took this brouchure with myself when leaving and the next day I was already visiting the villa.

Even if you are not interested in history and not closely acquainted with beau monde you have probably heard about prominent family of Rothschilds. Famous for their banking activities, the Rothschild family is also known for their achievements as winemakers, collectors and as significant charitable benefactors. Rothschild family means strength through unity.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a French seaside house constructed between 1905 and 1912 at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild. Béatrice was a French socialite, a member of the prominent Rothschild family of France and the wife of Russian-born banker Maurice Ephrussi. So this explains the name of the villa. 

About how beautiful and elegant the villa is you will find in the pictures I took but now I would like to note that by the later part of the 19th century oil was fast becoming an important commodity and the various oil companies in Azerbaijan were producing more oil than any country in the world. So in 1883 through their company, the Caspian and Black Sea Oil Industry and Trade Society they developed a fleet of oil tankers operating in the Caspian Sea which brought them part of their fortune I believe not a small part.

View at the entrance to the villa

Saturday, 25 August 2012

A Wonderful Place I Call Paradise. Visiting Montreux

Very rarely I leave any post with no description but I guess this is what I have to do now: leave you with photos I took, you will definitely understand what I mean...

Window to Europe

It is said that 'Eyes are mirror of the soul'. Why is that? Maybe because our dreams and fears are reflected in our eyes. Maybe, our eyes have seen all the life we have passed and they tell the stories we never want to be known. And maybe that is the reason sometimes we hide them so deligently. What about eyes of the cities, continents and the World? Aren't these live as well? Don't they have the past, the stories which are reflected somewhere? I don't know the exact answer but I guess I have found my own. The one which explains everything to me perfectly. Windows are the mirror of the city.

If you have visited a few European cities you have probably noticed that they are very clean, in most cases full of nice looking flowers, quite creative and most importantly they are diffent. These windows reflect their owners. These windows reflect history of the apartment, of the owners life, of the street, of the all passing by strangers. I have photographed a few number of windows in Switzerland, Italy and France and now I am sharing those pictures so that you can feel the warmth coming from them. 

P.S Thanks for making me think on this topic as well as on a few more ones to Itouch Asl, xx

Oceanographic Museum in Monaco

After a glass of virgin mochito in Cafe de Paris I decided to go somewhere I have not been before in Monaco so I went to The Oceanographic Museum (Musée Océanographique) which is a museum of marine sciences in Monaco-Ville. To be honest the building itself is too posh to be a museum of Oceanography but I hope animals and animal lovers won't get hurt with my words.

The museum is home to exhibitions and collections of various species of sea fauna (starfish, seahorses, turtles, jellyfish, crabs, lobsters, rays, sharks, sea cucumbers, cuttlefish etc.) both stuffed and in skeletal form, and sea related objects. An aquarium located in the basement of the museum showcases a wide array of flora and fauna. Ultimately, worth visiting if you are bored in Monte Carlo.

Madonna's Concert in Nice

Yes, yes, it is unbelievable but I finally went to Madonna's concert in Nice! I said finally because I tried to get to her concert many times but was never in right place and right location. Shortly, I am very happy. Happy because Madonna is classics.  Happy because she is one of that rare singers songs which I know by heart. And happy because I did that before she leaves music industry (she does not really look like leaving it at all, probably my grand children will see her too (: but still dont want to regret as I did about Michael Jackson and Whitey Houston for not seeing them).

In this concert Madonna was using a lot of religious themes for songs from her MDNA album (which I highly recommend to listen to) but this is quite fine for her. I mean making religion less heavinly and more terrestrial is very very Madonna's style. She also talked about her support for Pussy Riot, sang a song dedicated to them and showed off her tattoo with their names on her hands. Actually should singers mess with politics? Yes? No? But that is another topic for a new post. Overally, concert was much more than magnificent and exactly what I was expecting from her. Dances, show, voice, appearance, costumes, everything was fabulous!

Taking camera in was not allowed I guess but I somehow managed to take mine. I guess this is what they teach in UK universities, taking cameras in prohibited places, acting like secret agents, isn't it? Lol, joke and I hope my university representatives are not reading this post. Anyway enough words more actions or in this case pictures. Pictures are not very clear but they could not be better from the place I was sitting at (it was the best sitting one but there were 5000 people standing in front of me, you see what I mean?).

P.S LMFAO opened show for Madonna and performed their best hits for an hour.

You can also see pictures from Rihanna's concert and Nicole Scherzinger's concert.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Исцелит ли рынок себя сам?

Во время полета в Баку из Сингапура я начала долго размышлять  и анализироватъ экономические ситуации в этих двух странах.  Азербайджан и Сингапур довольно разные государства которые и прибыль свою добывают по разному. 

 Азербайджан — индустриально-аграрная страна с высокоразвитой промышленностью и важнейшее место в хозяйстве Азербайджана занимает нефтяная-промышленност когда Сингапур это высокоразвитая страна с рыночной экономикой и знаменита хорошым заработком за счет своего местонахождения ( Порт Сингапура играет значительную роль в жизни этого небольшого по площади, но важного в экономическом плане государства). 

 Я конечно же понимала  что мой экономический анализ далек от идеалности также как и Нептун от Земли и поэтому решила серьезно заняться своими экономическими знаниями. 


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Отчаянная покупка Цукерберга или Чудо-Instagram

   Выйдешь на улицу утром сонная, погода вроде пасморная, деревья вроде не достаточно зеленые, настроение спускается также как и я с 22-го этажа а потом – раз-фильтрик!  И цветы яркие, и все вокруг вроде ожило. Так приятно за зделанное что заряжает на целый денъ и все это чудо-Instagram. Вот бы в жизни такие фильтры были!

Ну думаю нет нужды говорит что речъ в этом посте пойдет об Instagram Кажется  почти все читатели знают что Facebook купил Instagram за $1 млрд. Хотя в истории с Instagram начинать копать надо не с Фейсбука, а с Sequoia Capital, которая сначала оценила Instagram якобы в 500 млн. долларов.

   Но как  все таки бесплатное приложение не заработавшее ни одного доллара могло стоит $1 млрд Фейсбуку и главное почему? Сушествует несколъко версий объяснающих причину этой не дешовой покупки. Пожалуй, самая распространенная это та что Марк Цукерберг видел Instagram как стремительно растущего конкурента и захотел обезопасить свой бизнес, до того как вырастет еще один социальный гигант. 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Pencils

To promote Faber-Castell’s “Artist Color Pencils”, Ogilvy & Mather Singapore re-created well-known masterpieces such as Vincent Van Gogh’s “Terrace Cafe at Night” and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” using thousands of color pencils as the medium itself.

I’d love to hang them on my wall and you?

Strawberry Cake or New Member of My 'Cooking Kingdom'

Everytime I am baking I am soo excited, can't explain! And this time baking with strawberries, whch means my pleasure is multiplied by two and added to 1000000...

They say:

"Happiness shared is multiplied and pain shared is divided"

Forget about second part I am sharing this happiness with you and running to watch a new movie I bought today.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Apple Cake Recipe

   From the start I must say that this cake does not look fabulous but it tastes perfect! Well, apples and honey can't taste bad anyway so don't worry, go wear your apron and let's get it started!

Baku City Through My Lenses

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Azerbaijani Pakhlava with Some Ice-cream

Cupcake for British, Schnizel for Austrian, Macaroon for French, Kulich for Russian and Pakhlava for Azerbaijani cuisine, considered to be irreplacable.

Who knows maybe the saying that you always prefer food which is essential to the place you were born in (which perfectly proves that Pakhlava is the historical, Azerbaijani dessert) is right?

Largest Lake, Caspian Sea

In spring of youth it was my lot
To haunt of the wide world a spot
The which I could not love the less-
So lovely was the loneliness
Of a wild lake, with black rock bound,
And the tall pines that towered around.

Death was in that poisonous wave,
And in its gulf a fitting grave
For him who thence could solace bring
To his lone imagining-
Whose solitary soul could make
An Eden of that dim lake.

'The Lake' by Edgar Allan Poe

Rare And Old Books

And many more Destructions played
In this ghastly masquerade,
All disguised, even to the eyes,
Like bishops, lawyers, peers, or spies.
Last came Anarchy; he rode
On a white horse, splashed with blood;
He was pale even to the lips,
Like Death in the Apocalypse.
The Masque of Anarchy, 1832

My Holiday in Monaco

'iMeet the First Lady'. When A Little Says A Lot

As I am an aunt of two I know that Nickelodeon is the most favourite channel of almost all kids. This surely drives me crazy that children watch a lot of TV but sometimes it is just priceless. Now, what happened a few weeks ago on the channel was just more than amazing. First Lady Michelle Obama appeared in special episode of iCarly. 

New Art: Fruit and Vegetable Carving

Maybe you have tried pumpkin carving for Halloween but Russian artist from Paris Dimitri Tsyklov carves apples, watermelons, eggplants and even cabbages.

Tsykalov is also famous for his provocative work using flesh as a medium to send environmental messages like inhumane animal treatment, food waste and world hunger.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Better, Stronger, Faster...No Longer. A Bit About Olympics

Today I am writing about one of the and probably the most popular topic of last and current month - Olympics Games. Millions of people were watching the opening ceremony of Summer Olympic Games in London on 27th of July. A cool breeze of Olympic enthusiasm blew all over the world.

When being in London I have been hearing complains towards Olympics a lot. Reason was quite clear, Londoners were not very happy about this event as it was matter of money waste, security and etc. But I think London 2012 Olympics Committee managed to do everything to avoid any problems with London residences. Shortly, Opening Ceremony was absolutely breathtaking.

Work Your Magic, Chef!


Today I am sharing an amazing recipe of pink lemonade bars which I found on one of the 'kitcheny' websites. A bit confusing part is how to make pink lemonade really pink but that is matter of some magic...Oh, well sorry if you don't really have extraordinary abilities then this recipe isn't for you.. Surely, just a joke. The pink was supplied by food dye.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Diary Entries of Marilyn Monroe

 The book 'Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters' is a truly unique collection of artifacts on one of the greatest women of the twentieth century, Marilyn Monroe. This collection includes many letters, diaries, rare photos, and even poems written by  a famous actress and singer. Fragments of her life, collected here offer a look at the image of Marilyn from a new angle...

Though, I am not 100% sure these are original handwriting of Monroe... 

The First Sketches of Famous Cartoons

Fans of animation will certainly be interested to see what were their favorite characters in the idea of ​​illustrators, and to compare these images with those that were later flashed on the screen.

And while the heroes of these figures are easily recognizable, they still differ in many respects with those images that we have seen in childhood: the size of the eyes, face, body contours ...

Dumbo, 1941