How about going for a walk this week? Whether you want to stay in town or go in the country, Geneva offers a lot of options for short and easy walks. A really nice one is to go along the Arve River; It’s a good idea to take bus number 8 to Pont-Sierre to and begin from there to walk all the way back to Jonction. Or you go in the other direction and start from Jonction. Make sure you have good shoes, as it might get a bit muddy! You’ll be walking through forests and see great autumn-coloured trees; you will also go via Carouge. What I also find interesting is the colour of the water that keeps changing and all the birds you can observe if you are quiet enough. If you need a map you can find one here. The City of Geneva website has a list of 10 walks that are all quite fun to do, especially to discover or re-discover parks, museums and places you probably haven’t even noticed. I would start the day with breakfast before the walk but feel free to have brunch after your exercise! A good place is Chez Quartier, on rue […]READ MORE
The Botanical Gardens in Geneva hosts over 16,000 species of plants and, with the trees turning a lovely shade of orange right now, Autumn is an ideal time to visit!
The newly revamped bistro-café, at the Gardens, has a well-priced Sunday brunch.
The brunch features fresh breads with cheese, fruit, a cold main course (salmon, chicken and salad were on offer when I visited). Included is a dessert and coffee for a reasonable 28 CHF.READ MORE
My suggestion for this week is to head to Martigny, in Valais, for two reasons: dogs and art! Martigny is a small town, but it’s very pleasant to walk around. The view is a mix of mountains and vineyards, and there are sculptures everywhere in town – so keep your eyes open. Martigny is a Roman town so, if you have time, be sure to check out the Amphitheatre, ruins and the small castle of la Bâtiaz. If you like dogs, then the Barry Foundation will interest you. The foundation has open doors and you’ll be able to learn about Great Saint-Bernards. Visit the kennel and familiarise yourself with training, education and care. You can also find out what the Foundation does for this national dog! (Explanations will be given in French and German.) Check out the program here. Open on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 10am to 4pm. Located on Route des Chantons, 52, a short walk from the train station. Not far from the Barry Foundation, there is also a Saint-Bernard museum for those who want to find out more about the history of the Great Saint-Bernard Hospice and Pass, and to see more, beautiful […]READ MORE
It’s time to get some fresh air! Located between Lausanne and Montreux, Lavaux is a great place to admire the changing colours of autumn. You can enjoy a walk through the vineyards with a magnificent view on the lake and the mountains and, while you’re there, why not stop for a good lunch in one of the picturesque villages, or try some local wine in one of the many cellars? My recommendation is to go to Grandvaux and start your walk from there. How long you want to walk is really up to you! If you’re feeling more adventurous, then there is a nice hike from Saint Saphorin that goes all the way to Lutry – 11 kilometers in total, but you can stop at any point, if you get tired. There are yellow walking signs everywhere, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost!. The only issue when you go by train is that you’re dependent on its schedule. Trains run roughly every hour, depending on the village you are in, but make sure to check with the cff before you leave. If you don’t want to walk, you can also take the little Lavaux Express train that […]READ MORE
I should probably let you know that I’m a hyperactive kind of person…even on a lazy Sunday! So, don’t feel obliged to do all of the following… If you like history, this is your last opportunity to enjoy a unique tour of Geneva. I don’t know about you, but I always learn new things about this town; even though it’s not that big! Balade au Fil de l’Eau is a tour, organised by the tourist office, that teaches you about Geneva history through its connection to water. Tours in English and French depart at 10.30am in front of the tourist office on rue du Mont-Blanc, 18 and last two hours. Tickets are 15 CHF. After the tour, your day can continue with a brunch – yes, some places are indeed open on Sundays! One of my favorite places is L’Auberge du Cheval Blanc in Carouge. They have a really good buffet with toast, eggs, bacon, quiches, salads, cheese and desserts; and all at a good price – 28 CHF, without drinks. Make sure to reserve: 022.343.61.61. Place de l’Octroi, 15. 11am-2pm. If you still want to have a bit more fun, then now is the perfect time for a good […]READ MORE
Personally, I love to spend time outdoors and, if the weather is nice on Sunday, I won’t miss the opportunity to hang out at the beach! I might even go for a swim (just be careful when going into the water, as it’s a bit slippery). If you are quite an active person, you can always go SUPping (Standing Up Paddle) for a good core workout! I have yet to give it a try, but it looks easy to learn and like it would be a lot of fun! Le Reposoir is ideal to spend the day relaxing near the lake, with a view of the Salève. It’s a small, free beach with grass, and once you are there you really feel you are on holiday all over again. That’s even their motto! Located just before Chambésy, Le Reposoir is a walk-able distance from the center of town (approximately 1 km from the Botanical Gardens). If you cycle, you’ll be there in no time. You can also drive there but be aware that the car park is quite small and fills up very quickly. I think it’s worth going even if the weather is not very nice because, if you […]READ MORE