The Palacio de Cristal nest

21/10/2020By BertieUncategorised

The Palacio de Cristal nest

A Giant bird landed in Madrid Palacio de Cristal and left a rather strange nest for us to admire.
Just by chance, we saw the most amazing exhibition this summer.
From the outside, you can see beautiful pastel colors and, as you get closer, you notice that there are enormous pink, yellow flowers.
When you come in, high branches are hiding the entrance; it makes it very intriguing.
After a corridor made out of branches, you are in an amazing space with enormous bird legs,  gigantic forsythia, palm seeds, cherry blossom, poppy, carnation, and lilies.
Near the bronze legs, a curious man with a bird head is attracting the selfie crowd. The beautiful colors and the strange atmosphere have an unusual effect on the public.

 “I wanted to conceive Palacio de Cristal as a place for the celebration of love,” Halijaj shares.
It is the work of artists Petrit Halilaj and Alvaro Urbano.
It is will be there until February 28, 2021.
http://www.alvarourbano.com/index.php?/news/news/
https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/08/raven-installation-petrit-halilaj/

Le Jardin des Monts

15/10/2020By BertieUncategorised

Escape to le Jardin des Monts

It is Noah's Ark as Rossiniere resident called it. You have to be a good hiker to visit this enchantress garden.
Le jardin des Monts was created by two horticulturists Charlotte Landolt-Nardin and Laeticia Jacot. They shaped terraces to plant close to thirty varieties of Alpine plants based on the principles of organic agriculture. The fresh and clean mountain air is perfect for aromatic plants even for mediterranean plants.

To complement their cultures, they gather flowers and wild herbs in the surroundings of the garden.
They started by producing herbal teas mixing lemon thyme, hyssop, cornflower, marshmallow, verbena, lemongrass, lime tree leaves, lemon balm, sweet woodruff, raspberry leaves, elderflowers..., syrups made with Nepeta, creeping thyme and candies and then they grow their beauty range.

They have used the traditional Pays-d’Enhaut paper découpage design for their packaging.
They also organise visits and educational workshops on the mountain pasture.
You can buy their products online here: https://www.jardindesmonts.ch/

La Thomasia

15/10/2020By BertieUncategorised

Discover an Alpine botanical garden

We parked near the Riversong centre thermal and walk the chemin du pont-de-nant (par les Échelles). There, we followed the fabulous exhibition "Itinerance: l'himalaya s'invite au pied du Murevan" created by Rigzen-Zanskar to help the population from small villages in the valley of Zanskar in the indian Himalaya during Covid.

We arrived to the chalet near the botanical garden where the gardener live during spring-summer to take care of this very special garden.
La Thomasia is an Alpine botanical garden situated above the village of Bex, it was founded by the "Thomas"family in 1891, there are more than 3000 mountain plants native to mountain regions from all over the world. (From the Andes, to the Himalayas to the Rockies to the Caucasus to the Arctic.) It leans against the spectacular west face of Grand Muveran (3,051 m.)

In the nursery, plants are cultivated for the botanical garden or for experimental research. The alpine garden is open daily from May through October, depending on snowfall and road conditions.

Few examples of the plants you can see: Hosta ventricosa Stern, Telekia Speciosa baum,Panicaut des Pyrénées, Anemone hupehensis Lemoine, Astrantia majo, Leontopodium souliei Beauverd, Solidado graminifolia... and the Rodholia rosea, an adaptogen plant.

http://www.botanique.vd.ch/musee-et-jardins-botaniques-cantonaux/

Les yourtes de Domette

10/10/2020By BertieUncategorised

Les yourtes de Domette

There is a secret place called les yourtes de Domette where we spent unforgettable happy days. We swam into the crystalline waters of the Var, played with the filamentous algae.

We journeyed to Villars-sur-Var by the col de la Bonette, one of highest roads in Europe in the Mercantour national park.