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Top 5 luxury hotels around Leman lake – Switzerland

Top 5 luxury hotels around Leman lake – Switzerland

Reading Time: 6 minutesSwitzerland is an amazing place for holidays. Check here our selection of luxury hotels around the Leman Lake.

Lab/Life, science at all levels. Musée de la Main, Lausanne.

Lab/Life, science at all levels. Musée de la Main, Lausanne.

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Musée de la Main in Lausanne is a very interesting place . It offers original and quite unique exhibitions and until February 22nd 2015, you will be able to attend to Lab/Life. Two exhibition around Living things: One is about Life Exploration (Exploration du Vivant) and another one is about Stem Cells, the origins of life (Cellules Souches, l’origine de la vie). This weekend, we got to visit the first one. You can discover the life in a scientific lab, different modern techniques to explore, observe, analyse and understand Life. Musée de la Main in Lausanne: because Science does matter. As we know, Science and health are two very important components in life. Claude Verdan Foundation, the University of Lausanne and the CHUV (Lausanne Public hospital) have joined forces since 1997. The result is a flexible and interesting place they called Musée de la Main. The Museum explores themes…

Hotel Evian L’Ermitage, a luxury escapade with style.

Hotel Evian L’Ermitage, a luxury escapade with style.

Reading Time: 6 minutesDiscover the Evian Hotel L’Ermitage. Located between the Alps and the Leman Lake, it is an amazing place with everything you need to enjoy holidays, or like us, the perfect Sunday afternoon. LuxuryActivist team tried the Sunday Brunch and discovered a little beauty. Leman Lake region, a precious gem for the pleasure of the eyes The Leman lake area is probably one of the most beautiful regions in Switzerland. There are amazing cities like Lausanne and Geneva that offer everything you need for a great journey. But there are also other cities, on the French side of the lake that would require your attention, like Evian-les-Bains. The city was pretty much unknown until the end of the 18th century. Only when the French Empire’s physicians discovered amazing virtues for the Evian’s springs in 1808, the city started developing. In 1809, the Evian Mineral water company was founded and by the…

4 trends for 2015 in which Millennials are already on

4 trends for 2015 in which Millennials are already on

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe 14 to 34 years old have developed a great capability of self-expression. While marketers tend to place them under the same umbrella, Generation Y is probably the one since the last 3 generations with a strong will of differentiation. They also tend to believe that one should accept how and who you are rather than following any kind of reference. At the same time, we understand that the 4 big institutions of modern society have simply lost its identity builder factor: Family, State, Military and Religion. Without references given by society, the young generations need to create their own and choose to build their identities by themselves. Here are 5 main trends for 2015 that will blow your mind, unless you are under 35 years old. Zombie Walks and how to get a bite With the huge success of the TV series “The Walking Dead”, being a Zombie is probably…

Amazing Smoke Personalities Portraits by Octavian Mielu

Amazing Smoke Personalities Portraits by Octavian Mielu

Reading Time: 2 minutesRomanian artist Octavian Mielu releases a new series of incredible Smoke portraits. From Marilyn Monroe, to Michael Jackson or Che Guevara, Octavian portraits reveal an original emotion and expression of these iconic personalities. Octavian Mielu has chosen some of the most iconic personalities of the past 100 years, from multiple domains and eras. It is a sort of tribute to a certain humanity legacy . All personalities are universally well known and all represented something important in their own domain. It is interesting to see how Octavian Mielu was inspired by very different famous people. It is a very rich selection. From Mickey Mouse to Marilyn Monroe, it is a whole world that separates them. Several sizes are available which would allow interesting displays organization. When you ask Octavian Mielu about his work, he explains that he uses different smoke photos and techniques in order to bring this misty impression…

Lausanne Palace Sunday brunch, Chill-out with style

Lausanne Palace Sunday brunch, Chill-out with style

Reading Time: 4 minutesLast Sunday, LuxuryActivist tried the Sunday Brunch at Lausanne Palace. In Lausanne, there are not so many places dedicated to Brunch as it is not really something yet integrated in the Swiss culture. The Lausanne Palace is definitely an unique place that will make you feel at ease by the warm atmosphere, the gentle and efficient personnel and the quality of their structure and installations. In short: pure luxury experience. The Lausanne Palace, luxury at the right place The Lausanne Palace is a 5 stars hotel that would deserve a ranking of its own. In a very beautiful Belle Epoque style, this 146 bedrooms hotel welcomes you in the heart of Lausanne. It was initially opened in 1915. Since 1980, it is the official residence of all presidents of the Olympic committee. In 1989, Ute Funke, the German millionaire acquires the Lausanne Palace. She opens a Spa, a Conference center…

Top 5 books to read this summer

Top 5 books to read this summer

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen summer arrives, holidays are not far. During holidays you can take your time to do what you always wanted to do. Sometimes, a good book under a tree or just laying down in your preferred armchair is the perfect idea of holidays. Here is our selection of top 5 best books for this summer. Luxury for your eyes. America: imagine a world without her – Dinesh D’Souza “Conceived in liberty… Or oppression? This is how Dinesh D’Souza starts his book inside flip description. And it summarizes all. America, or precisely USA has always divided world public opinion. If D’Souza analysis is pretty provocative as he talks freely about history (Amerindians, Slavery) as well as Economics, war and its role as savior of the world. It is an interesting analysis despite the fact Dinesh position is to save America from progressivists anti-USA. He tries to rebalance the situation. It might…

Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence, a sad Marilyn…

Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence, a sad Marilyn…

Reading Time: 3 minutesWe all remember the youtube big hit “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey in 2011. It was the moment in which the world discovered American singer Lana Del Rey. Music critics had some concerns saying she was a “Justin Bieber for adults”. Well, they were wrong. Born to Die, heavenly perfect With the launch of her first album “Born to die”, well, we realized those music critics were just… Jealous. The album was the perfect match between an amazing recording voice, talented proved producers, outstanding musicians and great lyrics. You can read our review here. Born to Die sold by June 2014 more than 3.4 million copies in the world. It was definitely a big hit. Lana Del Rey was satellized from her hometown anonymous status to the rank of worldwide rockstar in weeks. She started then hundreds of concerts around the world and reached the recognition of her pairs…

Kurt Cobain, 20 years already. Photo exhibition in Paris.

Kurt Cobain, 20 years already. Photo exhibition in Paris.

Reading Time: 5 minutes27 years old is a tricky age for Rock stars. And Kurt Cobain proved it once more by joining the selective club of rock stars who died at the age of 27. Like Jim Morrisson, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones or recently Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain died at the top of his glory. Probably that is why he became a sort of symbol and rock legend. It’s been 20 years now and in order to remember his disappearance, there is a new photo exhibition in Paris that will take place from March 25th to June 21st 2014. And it is called: “The Last Shooting”. Kurt Cobain, Desperate Rock star or the symbol of a lost generation? The end of the 80’s, beginning of the 90’s was a complex moment. After all the exaggerations of the past decades, the world engine was slowing down because of economic crisis, Aids devastating…

Elīna Garanča returns 2014-2015

Elīna Garanča returns 2014-2015

Reading Time: 5 minutesOne of the best news of the month is that Elīna Garanča will be back on stage by the end of the year. By giving priority to he family and the birth of her second child, we have been missing her a lot from the opera scenes around the world. So now it is official, she will be back just before Christmas. And that is good news! The Knight of the Rose by Richard Strauss, what a comeback! The amazing thing with Elīna Garanča is that she will always surprise you by the outstanding choices she makes. You might always find her where you would not expect. And at the end, you realize that she always does the right choices. So after all this time being away you could imagine her coming back for a more conservative role. No, this would mean you do not know the daring personality of…

Cully Jazz Festival – the biggest small festivals of all

Cully Jazz Festival – the biggest small festivals of all

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn a little more than a month, Leman lake in Switzerland will vibrate in a different way thanks to the new edition of Cully Jazz Festival. This year the program is again as special as “connoisseur“. Little flashback It was in 1983 that Daniel Thentz and Émmanuel Gétaz had the idea to create this festival. And this dynamic duo had everything to succeed. Daniel Thentz, who passed away in 2011, was a guy from Cully with a huge passion and even bigger talent for Jazz. He was definitely one of the key musicians, trompetist, and composer in Switzerland. Émmanuel Gétaz learned everything from master Claude Nobs for more than 10 years. That’s why Cully Jazz festival became one of the important references in the world of music festivals. Until 1995, all concerts took place at Salle Davel in Cully but a fire ruined the place and then the festival organizators…

Elīna Garanča first biography: “Wirklich Wichtig Sind Die Schuhe”

Elīna Garanča first biography: “Wirklich Wichtig Sind Die Schuhe”

Reading Time: 5 minutesElīna Garanča is official in “baby break” for the second time. We are all happy for her. In order to let us with something while she is away from the spotlights, last month she released a Best of album with her most iconic interpretations and this month she is releasing her first auto-biography called “Wirklich Wichtig Sind Die Schuhe”. In German, it means “Really important are the shoes”. Elīna Garanča, a star made in Latvia Latvia is an amazing country. This country has a little more than 2 million inhabitants and they have probably one of the strongest concentration of Classical singers with an international career. Elīna Garanča is a perfect example of such talented and gifted Latvian singer. From Lizete Iesmina-Mihelsone at the beginning of the 20th century to young Maija Kovalevska or Anna Krauja, Latvia bursted into the international scene of Opera singers for more than 100 years. Elīna Garanča…

Deaf Preachers, Rock & Energy at the maximum.

Deaf Preachers, Rock & Energy at the maximum.

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis month, discover Deaf Preachers. An amazing Rock band, between garage-rock and punk-rock. They have been playing since 2006 and the only word is: ENERGY. They are launching a new EP this month, more than one year after the first album. For this and more below, they are our Music band of the month. End of 2006, the group was founded under the name The Bagro’s. Since then, they have been constantly playing and pushing the limits of energy on stage. When you listen to their music, one huge influence comes to our minds: The Stooges. In deed, the same energy, an outstanding, high voltage guitar, big drums and a virtuose at the bass. It is pure, crystal clear and will definitely burst your ears. The garage rock has never been so modern and true to its roots. In 2009, they made their first public appearance in a rock festival,…

Musopen, let the music free. Next project: Chopin.

Musopen, let the music free. Next project: Chopin.

Reading Time: 3 minutesMusic is one of the most precious heritage human kind has. It should be shared to everybody and many times people complain about the price of music. Musopen has a mission to set free the music by proposing free recordings of the major masterpieces in classical music. Musopen, set the music free Musopen is a non-profit association with the mission to improve access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. Based in California, they provide free recordings but also sheet music and even textbooks to the public. No copyright restrictions. In their website you can already find many of the major composers for classical music and you can simply download the music. You can also find a lot of information about the composer, as a mini-bio. On each composer, you can browse the available catalog by composer, performer, instrument and even time period. It is probably…

Top 5 best books to read this summer

Top 5 best books to read this summer

Reading Time: 3 minutesEvery summer we start smiling when we see our holidays to arrive. And despite the fact that very often we have many things to prepare, one important question always remain: what should we read by the swimming pool this summer? Here is a short yet edgy selection of what you should read this summer. This selection was made based on three sources: Amazon books, Huffington Post, Barnes & Nobles and Fnac. #1: Nelson Mandela auto-biography If you did not read it yet, now it is the time. As the editor say’s on his review, every one in this planet should read it. Discover one of the most inspiring stories of the 20th century, written by the hand of the one who lived it. Nelson Mandela, A long walk to freedom is a testimonial of bravery, determination and hope. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the first democratically elected president of…