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Day Trip to Martigny

October 22, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

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 […]

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Yummy Bagel Brunch!

October 15, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Unfortunately Cafe de la Paix has just closed! Watch this space if they re-open and check out our restaurant section for other ideas… Café de la Paix is one of these places you find by chance, and that you immediately fall in love with! It’s a great and affordable restaurant in Plainpalais, and they make tasty dishes and always have a vegetarian option. You always feel welcome there. Every Tuesday, they host the Lindy Hop Party at 8:30 pm, and it’s a good way to have fun in the middle of the week, while also being a nice alternative to salsa dancing. Café de la Paix also has live music on Fridays, with bands of all kinds. Follow them on Facebook to get their updates. They also have an exhibition of paintings on the wall, so be sure to take a look! After all, their motto is Arts & Bagels! And yes…in case you’re skeptical…the bagels are delicious! They have them everyday, of course, but my recommendation is to go there for Sunday brunch. Scrambled eggs, salads, and bircher muesli are also on the menu. It’s one of the best deals in town (Small brunch for 15 CHF and big […]

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Vineyard Terraces of Lavaux

October 08, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

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 […]

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Pumpkin Festivals and Animated Films

October 01, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Autumn is definitely here! I don’t know about you, but I personally dread this time of the year:  October and November is when everything starts turning grey, the days get shorter, and there is no snow in the mountains yet. Luckily, autumn means it’s pumpkin time! Whether you’re looking to carve them or eat them, why not check out some pumpkin patches?   This weekend you’ll be able to taste 100 different varieties of squash at 1001 courges in Bavois in Vaud! (It’s possible to get there by train via Renens). For something closer, head to Corsier, just outside of Geneva (Bus G with the TPG). There is a small village fest, in the schoolyard, and you can buy pumpkins there. If the weather is bad what about relaxing and watching a film? Whether you go to the cinema or stay at home, they’re always nice to watch! Well, guess what? There is a great International animated film festival that actually starts this Saturday. The program of Animatou on Sunday will have a pixilation workshop, movies for kids, a film premiere with the Director in attendance  (Le Jour des Corneilles) and an Andreas Hykade’s retropective. Check out the program to see the […]

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Unusual Tour, Brunch and Tales

September 24, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

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 […]

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Chilling Out at Le Reposoir

September 11, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

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 […]

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Historical Dardagny or Brunching on a Boat?

August 27, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

If you are looking for a great Sunday activity this week, then I have two options for you. If you’re still looking for more, then there are also a lot of other events going on, so make sure to check out my Geneva Out and About section.  It’s up to you! Celebrating Rousseau’s 300th Birthday in Dardagny – September 1-2 If you’ve been following us for a while, you have hopefully already saved this weekend’s date in your diary. The village of Dardagny is putting together a historical fest, and I have a feeling it’s going to be great. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to live at the era of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, here is the opportunity. As you probably know, Geneva has been organizing a lot of events in honour of Rousseau’s 300th birthday. In Dardagny, there will be plenty of activities for all ages; including people in costumes, puppet shows, dance performances, street artists, fencing lessons, and even more, all free! It doesn’t get much better than that! The festival starts at 10:30am on both days, and finishes at 11pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. Dardagny is 18 kms from Geneva, and is even […]

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Bike to Barbecue – A Not-So-Lazy Sunday

August 13, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

How about notbeing so lazy this Sunday? Instead, let’s enjoy an easy bike ride to Hermance on Sunday, August 19th, with the association Pro Vélo!  Hermance is a beautiful lakeside village, and is located just before the French border, towards Yvoire and Evian. The ride is approximately 30 kms and is mainly flat, so I can promise the ride won’t be too hard! Plus, once you get to Hermance, Pro Vélo is providing a BBQ for CHF12, so you will still have the opportunity to be lazy while sitting in the grass, soaking up the beautiful weather that is forecast for this weekend! If you would prefer to bring your own picnic, that’s fine, too! In order to partake in the fun, you need to register in advance at coursvelo@pro-velo-geneve.ch, or by calling 076/203 22 24. The meeting point is at 10:00 in Parc des Bastions (in front of the Reformation wall), and Pro Vélo will be providing guides to ensure that nobody gets lost on the journey. You can expect to be back in Geneva around 17:00. Tip: Don’t forget to take some water, suncream, sunglasses and a hat! For those of you that enjoy swimming, be sure to […]

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Sunday Brunch, Out of Town, With a Side of Music

July 10, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

How about going somewhere a bit different for a brunch this weekend? If you feel like getting out of Geneva without going too far, then you should check out this restaurant: Cuvaloup de Crans, in La Cure. They have a brunch menu for CHF 26, drinks included. They will also have live Cuban music this Sunday! It will all take place outside on the terrace if the weather is nice, or inside if we are unlucky.  Brunch is on from 10am to 2pm. Address: Route de Cuvaloup – 1265 La Cure. It’s about 45Ks from Geneva, but it’s easy to get  there by car and also by getting a train to Nyon and then a bus: www.cff.ch. Yes, trains and postal buses really do go everywhere in Switzerland! On your way back, if it’s sunny, stop by the swimming pool of Nyon – the best swimming pool in the region. It’s right on the lake, so you can choose whether you want to swim in the pool or in the lake. They have a huge grass area, too, so it’s simply the best way to relax on a Sunday afternoon. And who knows, you might even get a suntan!  

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