Tag Archives: travel

Day 3 in Berlin

Berlin is so sleepy under the snow. After going out the front door the only sounds I heard were the distant tugging noises of the sledges sliding through the snow and the crunch of newly fallen snow under the slowly driving cars.

Snow in Berlin

Snow in Berlin

Graffiti in Berlin

Graffiti in Berlin

Grüne Woche Food Festival, Berlin

Grüne Woche Food Festival, Berlin

Snow in Berlin

Snow in Berlin

Berlin in the snow

Berlin in the snow

Berlin in the snow

Berlin in the snow

FACEBOOKPINTERESTBOUTIQUETWITTER

Web

Day 2 in Berlin

Coffee. Snow. Sledges.

Brogues in Berlin

Brogues in Berlin

Latté and late croissant (was so good I practically inhaled it!)

Latté and late croissant (was so good I practically inhaled it!)

Papa und Sohn

Papa und Sohn

Beer

Beer

German cheese

German cheese

Berlin

Berlin

Children on sledges

Children on sledges

Snow in Berlin

Snow in Berlin

Snow in Berlin

Snow in Berlin

paw in snow

paw in snow

FACEBOOKPINTERESTBOUTIQUETWITTER

Web

Day 4 in Pondicherry

This little Indian princess lives in our street. Today we went to the flower market where they make strings of flowers to offer to the gods, namely Ganesh.

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

I’d like to wish all of my lovely readers a very happy and safe Christmas time and a very happy new year. So much more to come from me to you in 2013. xxx

FACEBOOKPINTERESTBOUTIQUETWITTER

Web

Day 2 in Pondicherry

Today we met Lahskmi the elephant of Pondicherry. She is considered as a living God. She arrived in Pondicherry at the age of 6- in 1997. Her bath and makeup in the morning take two hours. What a princess! I was very taken by her eyelashes.

We are very excited about both our parents arriving from their sides of the world- Australia and France. What an exotic Christmas we’ll have.

Tonight we ate the most wonderful street food and drank Indian coca cola- “Thumbs up”!

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

FACEBOOKPINTERESTBOUTIQUETWITTER

Web

Day 1 in Pondicherry

After a rocky start (Indian Air misplacing J’s suitcase- apparently it arrives tomorrow but I’ll believe it when I see it, hehe!), we are here in Pondicherry getting back into the swing of the Indian lifestyle.

This place is so photogenic- I have been clicking all day.

Pondicherry Oh La La Livia

Pondicherry Oh La La Livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

These stars are everywhere for Christmas.

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

This is how J got his sandals made- they drew his foot!

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

Pondicherry Oh la la livia

I’d love to write you more but my eyes are going to drop out of my head. After we have caught a few more z’s I’ll write you funny and strange stories from the country where everything is possible. So refreshing to be here after rigid Europe. Not to mention the heat!

FACEBOOKPINTERESTBOUTIQUETWITTER

Web

Snacks for my Loved One.

I often make J muffins that I freeze and he takes one out every morning for his snack. Gosh I spoil him. The last batch I made was banana, blueberry and müesli.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Tonight we leave for Pondicherry until the 4th of January. Have you seen my pictures of our last trip there?

FACEBOOKPINTERESTBOUTIQUETWITTER

Web

Healthy Chai Tea: One of My Biggest Joys in Life

Chai is a great coffee substitute. From the moment I had my first chai at the young age of around 9, I was smitten.

Unlike coffee, chai has many inherently beneficial properties. The black tea in chai is rich in antioxidants and the spices in chai have been used for thousands of years to promote general health and well-being, as well as to treat various ailments.

According to Ayurvedic (Ancient Indian) philosophy and medicine, these spices are considered to be “sattvic,” or calming, vitalizing and mentally clarifying – The perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life!

Here is why:

Cinnamon is thought to increase circulation and open breathing, increase awareness and vitality, and reduce fatigue. It is also reputed to be an aphrodisiac! (Hubba hubba!)

Cardamom
A popular spice in both the Indian and Chinese preparations, cardamom is said to benefit the lungs, kidneys, and heart. It is also a mood elevator.

Clove
Native to the spice islands of Indonesia, cloves have been used by the Chinese since 300 BC, and came to Europe in the 4th and 5th Centuries AD. Cloves have pain-relieving and antiseptic attributes. Like pepper and ginger, clove is also used to synergistically increase the potency of other herbal blends.

Black Pepper
Widely used to support circulation and metabolism, black pepper can help to alleviate chronic coldness. (We can use more of that here in Paris, in the winter!)

Nutmeg
Nutmeg has been used for centuries to ease sciatica and promote the digestion of heavy foods. It was also used by ancient Arab physicians to treat kidney and lymph problems.

Chinese Star Anise
Traditional Asian herbalists credit star anise with a variety of properties. It’s used frequently as a cough remedy and to freshen the breath.

Ginger
Long valued as a stimulant for the circulatory and the immune systems, ginger has been used to treat such disparate conditions as impotence and motion sickness. I’m mad about ginger. Read my post here.

Fennel
An important medicinal plant in the royal herb gardens of medieval France and Germany, fennel is still widely used to treat both kidney and ocular problems, as well as laryngitis.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You want a chai latté? Please do not, for the love of the human race, go drink them at Starbucks. Not only are they expensive, but the milk is genetically modified, and it isn’t real chai. It’s concentrated sugar with favour added. This is not chai. What you need is a saucepan, good organic fresh milk (unlike what is easily found here in France) and a good chai mix. You boil everything up together in the milk and strain it after a few minutes of simmering.

I will soon post my own chai recipe. I hope you love and it gets you through the winter time. I certainly need it!

I am also going to attempt chai shortbread. Om nom nom.

You can follow my facebook by clicking here and my pinterest here and my twitter here.

Feel like shopping? Click here.

1 Year Anniversary of our PACS love in France

One year ago J and I signed a piece of French paper to declare us a couple under French law. We had an afternoon tea and champagne gathering to celebrate. Check out these absolutely gorgeous cakes, what a spread!

When we tie the knot one day it will be even bigger and better. I’m thinking in a garden somewhere in Australia. With lots of flowers. Yes I’m a dreamer.

J sporting his moustache. He is so dapper.

You can follow my facebook by clicking here and my pinterest here and my twitter here.

Feel like shopping? Click here.

 

Oh La La Livia’s Weekend

J’s best friend got hitched on Saturday. It was a lovely day, and everybody had a good dance and laugh. After all that champagne I’m excited to get back into my healthy routine with kale this week and lots of Supergreens.

Winter is nearly here so I am starting to adjust our diet. It’s important to have warming slow-cooked foods that are easy to digest and soups, avoiding too many raw vegetables especially at night time.

I’ve been enjoying lots of salmon and avocado lately. Must be craving my Omega 3′s!

How do you get ready for Winter?

I wish you all a beautiful Monday and a lovely week! xx

You can follow my facebook by clicking here and my pinterest here and my twitter here.

Feel like shopping? Click here.

 

A Macaron Class in Paris For Two ❤

My J treated me to a macaron class last week and boy was it fun! Who ever know just how complicated macaron’s are to make. Well, we didn’t.

We learnt a lot and just look at that concentration on J’s face.

In other news, look at this interview with me on The Kale Project.

J and I booked tickets for Istanbul for a 3-day getaway in November. I cannot explain my excitement in words. (I can in cartwheels)

You can follow my facebook by clicking here and my pinterest here and my twitter here.

Feel like shopping? Click here.