There aren’t many things that make me as happy as an incredible cheese platter and great company. Now, put those two things aboard a boat (yes, probably any boat) and that is my current jam.

You see, Clive and I have a plan to buy a canal boat in London. I know what you’re thinking, those are certainly not the stairs of a canal boat featured above, but I’m so excited about the plan that pretty much any boat seems to set me off regurgitating all the knowledge I have about boats.

In order to tame my new found obsession with boats, a few weeks ago, Yousra and I boarded Le Montreux for a gastronomic cruise and took some time out for a proper catch up. Amongst her trips to Dubai, Paris Couture Week and holidays back home in Tunisia, we hadn’t seen each other in a while and, as much as I love her multiple 4-minute long daily voice notes, there’s nothing quite like being stuck together aboard a boat for 4 hours to get back on the same page.

After faffing around at home trying to find something to wear (ooh the pressure of going for dinner with someone as stylish as Yousra), I popped on my much-loved Tara Jarmon dress that barely requires any other accessories and headed to pick Yousra up. We dropped the car off at the Beau-Rivage Palace and walked down to the port at about 18h30 for a 18h45 departure.

We had a little walk around the boat and eventually settled at our table upstairs. The waitress came over with our drinks and explained the way the menu worked: you can have a full blown meal including a meat course or, if you’re not too hungry, opt for the antipasti buffet, cheese assortment and dessert buffet combination (82 CHF per person).

As soon as I knew there was a cheese platter, I was pretty uninterested in anything else.

That said, the buffet was incredible: bowls of hummus and aubergine caviar, an assortment of sushi and sashimi, smoked salmon, a huge selection of salads, cured meats, different breads, roast beef with tartare sauce, and so much more. It was beautifully laid out and before I knew it I was going back for seconds, and thirds, and fourths… almost forgetting to leave room for the all important cheese course, and totally forgetting that I was feeling a little motion sick when I first stepped on board with a very empty stomach.

We broke up our trips back to the buffet table with walks around the boat looking out over the incredible views and lots of catching up.

It’s actually quite a nice thing to be on a boat for a set amount of time – there’s no rushing off early to get back to my endless to-do list, which is a bad habit I have.

It was a lovely evening for it with warm airs, clear skies, and a beautifully setting sun – the perfect opportunity to get out my all new VIU sunnies which Yousra gave me her not-easy-to-come-by fashion blogger’s nod of approval for.

Right, now let’s get to the good stuff – I mean, look at that incredible plate of cheese!

The Beau-Rivage Palace don’t do things by halves, even on a boat.

As we dug in, we talked about all sorts of things and every time I see Yousra, I’m reminded of just how much I love having a friend who works within a similar sector as I do. Yousra is a fashion blogger, as well as a personal stylist, and we work with a lot of the same PR companies and go to lots of events together. Not having any colleagues means that it’s so nice to sort of just sit down and de-brief and re-think, or challenge, the direction that we’re both taking.

I brought Yousra up to date on my latest projects (including opening a new restaurant!! as you may have heard on Instagram) and all the interior design work I’ve taken on.

Whereas Yousra is a fashion blogger and then a stylist, I think I’m positioning myself as an interior decorator and then a blogger. And by that I mean that I think I’ve decided that I want to focus my energy on my interior projects and blog about as much as I can. I’ve turned down every single paid collaboration on my blog over the last 2-3 months and just decided to get back to posting about random things I love, like this – just a post about an evening with a friend celebrating our friendship and the stunning country that we live in.

Also, she’s pretty stunning too, isn’t she? I love that photo of Yousra below.

Enough about me, more about the food – the dessert buffet exceeded expectations and while the serving above looks very restrained, you’ll be please to know we went back for more… multiple times.

On the menu for dessert: ile flottant, fresh fruit salads, chocolate cake, sponge cakes, crème brulée and fruit tarts… all leading up to a fresh pot of jasmine tea and a stunning sunset.

Even though I have lived here for almost 20 years, I am still, to this day, blown over by the landscapes that surround us.

I have to pinch myself to remind myself that I get the chance to work between here and London – it really feels like the best of both worlds.

Shortly after sunset, after our trip all the way to Yvoire and back, we pulled in to the Port d’Ouchy not a minute past 22h37, our expected arrival time.

It was such a lovely evening and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

If you too fancy 4 hour escape with a friend and you want to book a spot onboard Le Montreux for dinner, the best things to do is to send them an email to book your spot. The Gastronomic Cruise is running through to September so be sure to make the most of it over the last of the summer weeks.

Thank you for stopping by for a read. I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer and I hope to see you back here soon for lots of interior and life updates.

Big bisous xS