Redefining unconventionally romantic places: the hidden chic village of Yvoire

I planned this summer to discover as many picturesque hidden places in Europe as I can. I have this guilty pleasure of drinking a coffee or sipping from a glass of wine somewhere with a breathtaking view. It just calms me down and makes me feel very peaceful.

Last weekend I went to Yvoire in France, at the Leman/Geneva lake, and I discovered this old small medieval city that seems like part of a fairytale. It has small coquette houses, chic little restaurants and cafes, antiquities shops, art galleries, a small castle and a beautiful lake side and port that simply took my breath away. It is something particular and honestly really romantic for a stroll or a romantic dinner. I was in love with the place, with the view and with the atmosphere, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something different and particular.

Below there are a few photos of my day in Yvoire, mostly taken in the afternoon:






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When was the last time you felt gratitude for your Health?

10464181_10154310648300624_3889549413207100201_nWe live in this world where being wealthy, successful, beautiful, in the perfect romantic relationship/marriage and going in amazing/exotic places on vacation are the aspirational elements of life. These are the first things that go through most people’s mind when faced with a wish or desire: “I want to be successful!”; “I want to be rich!”; “I want to be skinny!”; “I want to look like a model”; “I want to meet the perfect man”; “I want to have a good job”…and so on. It all comes down to ” I want to be HAPPY”, and usual being happy is associated with being loved, rich, travel, be able to do your passions, have the dream job …

However, few people associate Happiness to also being Healthy, because for most…health is there…a given. l_97a43e90-146f-11e2-8023-9b3024d00006Few people wake up being thankful for the fact that yet another day has passed by and they are healthy, they can see, they can walk, they can breath. Ironical how the best gift life gave us which is also the prerequisite to do all those great things we dream of is perceived as the least important. It’s simple, we take it for granted. It’s there, but we don’t see it, because we haven’t lived without it. But when it leaves us…it sure hurts a lot!

We only start appreciating health when it starts to shutter or it becomes problematic. Then we think back, and all we wish for is one more day as a fully healthy person. Most of the things we do on a daily basis affect our healthy being, and more often than not we know it but we do not care either because we are young, or because we want to be beautiful, or because we do not really acknowledge it: we drink, we eat unhealthy, we stress, we smoke and so on. One day, these superficial decisions when we thought health was the least of our worries will come and bite us back.

No one is invincible, and under current living conditions in this world, no one stays healthy by practicing on the go, skinny bitch, fast food or stressful lifestyles. So, do something about it. Change at least one thing that you know hurts your body in one way or another.

Here are some suggestions. Just pick one every week to work on:

  • Go to the gym or start running
  • Wake up every day and be grateful for being healthy
  • Stop eating fast food or fried food
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Stop stressing about every little thing because things will be ok in the end
  • Sleep enough
  • If you have an office job, take frequent breaks, walk
  • Drink lots of water
  • Stop dieting!
  • Stop drinking sodas!
  • Quit smoking
  • Love and respect your health!
  • …and many more

    Next time you start complaining about the fact that you are not rich enough, happy enough, loved enough, lucky enough, think deeper! Are you healthy? Yes?! Then be grateful! You are lucky, you are blessed! If you are healthy, the rest can be solved one way or another!

    Start practicing gratefulness for your health every day and take care of your well-being before it is too late. It will also help on your positive thinking. Because when you feel your world is falling apart, you know you are at least healthy and it means a way more than you give it credit for!