©Beatriz Moreno


©Beatriz Moreno


With the arrival of summer and the new “place to be” of South American specialties that have settled in the Principality, it is natural that I met Daniela Spanier, president and founder of the Association Monegasque for Latin America. is from Bolivia where she grew up, between Santa Cruz, La Paz and New York. At the age of 20, she came to Germany to study finance and international marketing. She continued her studies in Zurich, Switzerland, where she started a professional career in the banking sector. Her field of action: strategic controlling, consulting, private banking, head hunting and this for ten years. It is also in Zurich that she met her future husband who lives in the Principality and after two years of round trips and a baby on the way, she decides to move in Monaco.

She discovers there a great international community, takes the opportunity to learn French at the Alliance Française, yoga classes and blossom in her mother’s role. She meets talented and very enthusiastic South American women. They share, discuss and the idea makes its way to highlight the values ​​and diversity of Latin America in Monaco. With four close friends, Claudia from Colombia, Yilen from Cuba, Erika from Peru and Marcela from Guatemala, Daniela founded the Monegasque Association for Latin America in July 2017. Its aim is the socio-cultural exchange between the Principality and Latin American countries through cultural and social activities. Their wish is to see A.M.L.A become a reference between the Principality and the Latin American member countries and to develop synergies between the two zones.

Since then they already organized three events, including the last one: “glamorous night in Havana” on the beach of Meridien Beach Plaza. An evening dedicated to Cuba cigar cocktail through music, dance, art and flavors of exotic cuisine. All senses are stimulated! What makes their events special and enriching: for a country that is showcased, it is all the culture and the traditions of this country which are put forward through the music, the dance, the painting, the cuisine etc… It is all organized with the collaboration of the various South American entities (associations, embassies, consulates) existing in the Principality.

The most international of Bolivian women has met her challenge and everyone is conquered! She is delighted to reveal her 10 favorite addresses in the Principality.

Your Wellness address ?
DANIELA: Walking up to the peer, with the sea and the breeze on one side and the port at the other, and spending an hour of with my pilates teacher Ingrid from “The Method”  http://thepilatemethod.com/ Is my best way of keeping a balanced life, a cool mind and healthy attitude. I do pilates twice a week and yoga with ex Yoga Shala Careen once per week. To drain my body and keep slim legs I do twice per week a massage at home with Nolwenn Heysch.
 Your “foodie” address to relax with the sun ? 
DANIELA: I love La Note Bleue, at the larvotto plage for lunch with mommies and kids and for sunset drinks. The quinoa salad is fabulous.
 Your address for the business lunches? 
DANIELA: Yoshi, the Japannese restaurant at the hotel Metropole has great lunch boxes for a fair price. I also like Maya Bay and Beef Bar.
Yoshi, le restaurant japonais de l’hôtel Metropole propose de superbes boîtes à lunch à un prix raisonnable. J’aime aussi Maya Bay et Beef Bar.
Your shopping address ? 
DANIELA: All boutiques of the Metropole shopping center are fun to look at. I’ve always found something I love in Boutique One on the 1rst floor.
 Your South America favorite address ?   
DANIELA: Sexy tacos, friendly service and tasty tacos.
Your cultural address which is good for the eyes ? 
DANIELA: Walking trough the old Monaco Ville, taking the  little red train and enjoying a sandwich in the fort Antoine.

 Your address for drinking coffee ?

 DANIELA: Cova and hotel Metropole .

Your address to admire the view of Monaco?
DANIELA: Monaco Ville restaurant le Castelroc.
 The hotel decor that you prefer ?  
DANIELA: Hotel Metropole they always have beautiful center pieces and themed decoration.
 A little getaway out of the town ? 
DANIELA: Aix en Provence to the house of my parents in law and taking our boat out to the Cannes islands. Aix en Provence à la maison de mes beaux-parents et naviguer avec notre bateau pour les îles de Cannes.

©Beatriz Moreno



©Beattriz Moreno

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