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Hot Air Balloon Festival

January 20, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

I’m taking you out of Geneva again this Sunday, but if you prefer to stay in town, there is quite a lot going on: Black Movie Festival, Antigel Festival, Sunday tales and Sunday concert. Check out our Out & About section for all the details. The International Hot Air Balloon Festival is taking place in Château d’Oex from Saturday (January 26) to February 3 so you have plenty of time to go but it’s definitely a nice Sunday outing.  Château d’Oex is a lovely small town in the Vaud Canton, about 2 hour drive from Geneva. It is about the same by train, via Montreux, it’s a lovely journey as the landscape is gorgeous. More than 80 hot-air balloons from 18 countries meet in the sky above with a stunning view on the mountains. Each day you can watch the shows that include balloons but also paragliders and airships. All the acrobatic flying is pretty amazing to watch. You can obviously enjoy local food, mulled wine, crepes and more when you are there. The entrance is CHF 10.- on the weekend, and free during the week. If you feel like it you can enjoy a ride on one of the […]

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Fondue with a view

January 13, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The first couple of winters I spent in Geneva I rarely went to the mountains. And I used to hate winter… Finally, one day I decided to listen to the common piece of advice you’ve probably already been given; Go above the clouds, get out, take some fresh air! If you feel like Geneva is too grey and you don’t get  enough sun, then there are simple ways to make things better. Even if you are not into winter sports and you don’t ski or even snowshoe! Finding a terrace with a nice view, enjoying a glass of mulled wine or a nice meal is very easy! Even if you don’t have a car! So what is your excuse? A close by place is La Givrine, a small resort in the Jura. It is even accessible by train (with a connection in Nyon). It is just after Saint-Cergue. If you go by car, you will see a small car park on the right side of the road on the way to La Cure. If you take the train, get off at La Givrine. From there, you can walk up to Le Vermeilley, a nice restaurant. They have a chalet and a yourte […]

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Sunday Shows for everyone

December 16, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Geneva will probably feel and look a bit empty this Sunday and for a couple of weeks as a lot of people usually go away at this time of the year. It might be a good opportunity to catch some shows, as it should be less crowded. So for instance this Sunday, don’t miss the Fanfare du Loup Orchestra concert, at 5pm, on Passage de la Radio 2 in Plainpalais. This brass band is everything that you don’t expect. They use a large variety of instruments; this specific performance will use the topic of cooking and has a few surprises! 4 stages, 8 musical paintings, a menu. Cooking inspires literature that inspires music that inspires cooking… What do you mean you don’t understand? It’s the whole point, isn’t it? A bit of mystery and a great fun show! Another option is to head to La Barje with your little one for an afternoon of cartoons! Indeed, La Barje often has something for children on Sunday afternoon, and it’s definitely a good thing! Place des Volontaires in Jonction, from 2pm to 7pm. La Barje is an association and you probably know them for their musical evenings in Perle du Lac and […]

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The Coupe de Noel and handicraft

December 09, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Snow has definitely arrived but maybe you are not a mountain person or you don’t want to go this weekend? Don’t worry there is enough to do in Geneva! How about trying something a bit different and support the people who are crazy enough to jump in the lake for the yearly event called “Coupe de Noël”? Not just a race, it’s a state of mind – so they say! The show will start around 9am from Jardin Anglais. Some of them will even be in costumes. It can’t be easy to swim with a cowboy or a clown costume on, can it? I can’t wait to see it! It’s definitely going to be fun to watch. It will be the 74th edition of this event. 999 people will be swimming this 120 meter-long race in frozen water ! Make sure you are well dressed and drink lots of hot tea, as the swimmers may not be the people who are the most cold! Once the show is over, head to L’Usine for the Marché des Créateurs on Place des Volontaires. Some very good and unique creations by craftspeople from Geneva and the region. From 1pm to 7pm you will […]

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Chocolate in a castle!

December 02, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

With the Escalade and Christmas just around the corner, you may eat a lot of chocolate this month. On Sunday there is one more opportunity to stuff yourself! Head to Château de Prangins (located at about 30Km from Geneva, between Nyon and Gland in Vaud) for their event called “Advent at the castle” and find out more about chocolate. Don’t miss the opportunity to try specialties made by Rapp Chocolatier. Rapp is a well-known family pastry and sweet shop. They are also the owner of the chocolate school in Prangins. On Sunday, December 9 (from 10am to 5pm), you will be able to visit the castle – a magnificent building – and its garden. There will be special tours of the reception rooms at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. But mainly you will try chocolate all day long: Learn about the history of chocolate or the origin of cocoa; listen to Christmas carols or musical tales. There will even be a hot chocolate bar! Learn how to make truffles or ancient hot chocolate by joining one of the workshops And the best part it that all of the above is free! You can only register for workshops and activities on the […]

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Breakfast in town and a stroll along the Arve…

November 25, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

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 […]

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Christmas Markets!

November 18, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Christmas might seem far away but it’s actually right around the corner ! Like every year, there will be Christmas markets everywhere. You’ll find good ones and less good ones. Of course if you have time, you should head to Strasbourg, Basel or Lucerne, as they are much bigger and more interesting there. However, Montreux and Lausanne both have some good things to offer. So why not check them out this Sunday? Both markets start on Friday and will last till December 24. So you have plenty of time. The Montreux Christmas market has an established reputation. It’s nice to stroll along the lake, enjoy some mulled wine, check out the stalls, find some gifts and shop till you drop… And it’s also the 1st edition of the Lights Festival Lausanne, which looks promising. So why not to head to Montreux and stop by Lausanne on the way back to enjoy these two towns on Sunday? I would start with wandering around Montreux and then come back by Lausanne, to make sure you see the illuminated city at night. I come from Lyon, the city that has the most amazing light festival from December 6 to December 9. If you […]

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Ice-Skating and Brunch in Parc des Bastions

November 12, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Personally, November is definitely not my favorite time of the year as the days are becoming colder. However, there are still some outdoor activities you can do in town, like going for a long walk or putting your ice-skates on. The open-air ice-rink in Parc des Bastions is opening on Saturday! It’s quite a small one so it’s good for beginners or ideal if you have kids; it’s definitely a nice setting. Whether you wish to ice-skate or play hockey, Geneva offers several locations; Here is a list of places open on Sundays. (For the full week schedule please check the city of Geneva website) Patinoire de l’Europe: behind the commercial centre Planete Charmille – av de l’Europe 11  (small outdoor one) Open from 11am to 6pm. Parc des Bastions: inside the park just next to the chess games (small outdoor one). Open from 11am to 6pm. Patinoire de Carouge: Place de Sardaigne. Open from 10am to 6pm Patinoire des Vernets: rue Hans-Wilsdorf 4- 6, Acacias. (big indoor one and a smaller outdoor one too) Open from 9am to 5:30pm. Centre Sportif de Sous-Moulin: route Sous-Moulin 39. (big indoor one) Open from 10am to 11:30 am and from 2:45pm to 7pm. […]

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Brunch and Botany!

November 12, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

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.

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Time to Relax; Thermal Baths!

November 05, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Thermal Baths are very popular in Switzerland, whether you go after a sporty day in the mountain or prefer to spend the whole day relaxing there…it is really up to you!

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