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Chilling Out in Carouge

April 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

I don’t know about you, but I always forget about Carouge – despite the fact that it is one of the nicest areas to wander around, especially on a Sunday! Cozy cafés, concerts, art, movies and even a bit of shopping are on the to-do-list.

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Sunday Market in Divonne-les-Bains

September 29, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Sunday market in Divonne les Bains; The market mainly offers food produce including fruit and vegetables such as vine tomatoes, plump cherries, and ripe strawberries, dried fruits with gogi berries and apricots, nuts, an assortment of breads, fine cheese and meats with a variety of saucisson to savour.

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A hike, a stunning view and a Burger!

August 02, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The beauty of living in Geneva is that it’s so close to escape to the mountains and the stunning countryside around the city. One of the closest escapes which you can do in a half day is to drive to the Jura.

St Cergues is a small village on the Swiss side of the Jura, around 40 minutes from Geneva. (take the autoroute around 20 minutes, direction Lausanne then take the exit near Nyon and follow the signs).

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There are some lovely hiking and biking routes in the area in both winter and summer.

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Lazy Sunday – Yvoire

August 02, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Every now and again, particularly in the summer months it is a relief to escape the oppression of city life and explore somewhere new. The medieval village of Yvoire is a great little spot to while away a Sunday. Over 700 years old, this historic village is full of charm and character. You can reach Yvoire from Geneva by boat which takes about 1 ½ hours and has wonderful views of the lake but the easiest way to travel is by car which is also a scenic option and takes around 30 minutes. Although Yvoire is small in size there is plenty to see and explore. Set right on Lake Geneva you can walk along the water’s edge and soak up the picturesque views. Not only are the views a joy to the eye but the traditional stonework and medieval craftsmanship and architecture of the buildings are absorbing, almost taking you back in time. There are plenty of gift shops and art galleries selling an array of original artwork. It is worth taking a look around the assortment of antique shops filled with various treasures and some pretty weird and wonderful items that you might not expect to find! Stop […]

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Lac de Montriond, French Alps

July 03, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Just over an hour from Geneva up the Route des Grandes Alpes past Morzine lies the stunning Lac de Montriond, an ideal day trip from Geneva on a sunny day. The lake is also known as the Emerald Green lake. In the winter, under a thick blanket of snow you can drive past the lake unknowingly on your way to Les Prodains telecabine in the Portes du Soleil. In the summer this is a hikers paradise and you can also kayak, swim, bike, hike or simply have a bbq by the lake. There are also lovely waterfalls nearby and a visit to the goat farms of Les Lindarets is great for the children. In Winter you can go diving under the frozen ice of the lake… Check out more activities in the beautiful valley d’Aulps; http://summer.valleedaulps.com/montriond-lake-summer.html At the Restaurant Le Bout de Lac, you can enjoy local trout meuniere in a stunning setting on a sunny terrace overlooking the lake. www.leboutdulac.com Tél: 04 50 74 70 98 for reservations. Alternatively take a picnic or bbq and just sunbathe and relax. On a Saturday you can buy picnic supplies in Morzine or in the valley at Taninges (Super U). Remember to […]

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An imposing Chateau and a lovely lakeside lunch on Lake Annecy…

June 02, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

June is the perfect time to visit Lake Annecy before the summer crowds arrive. Fifteen minutes drive away from the centre of Annecy (around 1 hour from Geneva) there are the lovely resorts of Menthon Saint Bernard and its more famous neighbour Tailloires with its Michelin starred restaurants and stunning lakeside promenade. In Menthon, the 13th Century Chateau looms over the village. It is said to be one of the finest residences in the Geneva region, owned by the Menthon family. There are lovely walks through the forest above the lake and the Chateau is worth a visit for its spectacular setting and breathtaking views down the lake. There are many weddings both here and in the Palace de Menthon hotel (featured below). From May to September you can take a guided tour (Reserve in advance); www.chateau-de-menthon.com/en/index.php You can either just visit the exterior grounds of the Chateau or view the interior. If the weather is good, you can also take nice walks through Menthon down to the waterfront. The imposing hotel Palace de Menthon boasts two excellent restaurants for lunch. Le Viu which is inside the main hotel and The Palace Beach which has a lovely position next to […]

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Hit the road to Nyon!

April 28, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

I live in Nyon, in the canton of Vaud, and am often surprised at how little the “Genevois” really know of the small lakeside town of nearly 20’000 inhabitants. I have, however, heard many exclamations such as: “you live in Nyon? But that’s miles away!” – when it is only 13 minutes by train from Geneva, and about 20 minutes by car. Actually, to be realistic, you easily spend more time trying to cross the centre of Geneva in traffic. And when I worked in Geneva – this realisation definitely put things into perspective and comforted me in my daily commute. Every so often, even just for half a day, it feels good to get away from Geneva and explore the surroundings. And Nyon has quite a few (hidden) treasures waiting to be discovered – or at least more than the events/activities generally associated with the town by those that claim to be somewhat familiar with Nyon. These generally include Paleo Festival, the huge outdoor music festival that takes place in July every year, Visions du Réel, the International Film Festival – and yes, not to be forgotten of course – Nyon is also home to the UEFA headquarters. But […]

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Samoens, the French Alps Part 2; Restaurants, Hotels and Property

April 04, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Samoens is a stunning Medieval style village, only 50 minutes from Geneva in the French Alps.
It’s well worth a day trip, has a lovely main square and is famous for stone sculptures. You can visit the Botanical Gardens above the village or take stunning walks along the River Arve or by the lakes in the valley. There are also fantastic mountain hiking and biking routes in Spring/Summer and Autumn.

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Fairytale Sunday: trip to Hermance

March 30, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Hopefully spring and its good weather will be with us this month! So how about heading to Hermance, a beautiful medieval village on the lakeshore? Considered one of the many Swiss heritage sites, the place is very pretty, kind of fairytale-like, well-maintained and spring is the perfect time to go see the flowers blooming. If you fancy a gastronomic meal then choose L’Auberge d’Hermance. A degustation menu with 7 dishes should work! They provide good service on a beautiful terrace. For something more simple, head to La Croix Fédérale where you will find the famous filets de perche from the lake. Make sure to have the moelleux au chocolat for dessert. The terrace is also lovely and it’s on nice little street. The beach won’t be open yet at this time of the year but make sure to go again in the summer. Especially in August when they have their jazz festival (Jazz Sur la Plage). In any case, strolling around the village and on the lakeshore is definitely a nice Sunday outing. Also try to go up the hill to see the view of the village and the lake! You can get there with the E bus. From Rive […]

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Up the Salève

March 03, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

If you haven’t been up the Salève in winter yet, don’t miss the opportunity before the snow is gone ! You can go sledging, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. If you prefer just to enjoy a short walk and a nice meal it’s also possible. The Salève is the closest mountain from Geneva, right across the border.  Right now the cable car is unfortunately closed till April so you need a car to go up unless you fancy hiking. In that case take bus 8 to Veyrier and start from there. You can join a free guided hike every Sunday (leaving from Veyrier Douane bus stop at 10am). Make sure you have the right clothing. You don’t need to register. Expect a long hike (5 to 8 hours). Otherwise La Croisette (in Muraz) is probably the best place to start from. To get to La Croisette you need to drive through Collonges-Sous-Salève and via to Le Coin. At the top you will find the Auberge des Montagnards with a big terrace with a great view. Cheese dishes and blueberry pies expect you. You can’t book so get there early if you want more than a hot chocolate. More websites on the Salève: Information […]

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