Grand Dixence Dam is by far the most exciting, exhausting and beautiful hike that I have ever done. It is the tallest gravity dam in the world and is located just a few hours drive to the region of Valais (Sion). It offers several hiking routes that can last up to a full day and finish off in a nearby mountain village. The route I took, Les Dix, was only 4 hours, starting and ending at the same spot, beginning at 2,365m and reaching 2,804m. At one stage I felt my ears popping due to the fast ascend. During the hike up I saw amazing scenery, flowing streams and even a small melting glacier. Almost at the top there is a nice little cafe that serves great rosti, however make sure to have cash as they do not take cards! Reaching the peak is a must for photos, the scenery is like from a post card, and the descent is by no means disappointing, towards the end of the hike you pass through a long dark tunnel under the mountain before reaching back to the starting point (after taking over 400 photos, my battery had died and I was not […]READ MORE
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 […]READ MORE
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 […]READ MORE
Depressed at the end of the ski season? An early season hike at one of the most beautiful areas around Geneva will cure the blues… Sixt Fer a Cheval is one of the stunning hidden places around Geneva in the French Alps, less than one hours drive away. The village was voted one of the most beautiful villages in France and the national park is one of the least populated areas in Europe. Head to Au Bout de Monde to start the hike. Best enjoyed in May when the snow melt causes a plethora of waterfalls cascading down the cliffs, it is the ultimate valley hike where you see majestic mountains and can enjoy a rich variety of fauna and flora. You can see Ibex, squirrels and rare birds here. An easy circuit can be completed in around one and a half hours or for a more challenging hike, an overnight stay in one of the refuges is recommended (open from June and remember to reserve in advance). From mid June to October; stay in Refuge de la Vogealle; www.refugedelavogealle.com In summer you can complete the route with donkeys or horse ride through the beautiful valley. There is a nice Buvette […]READ MORE
Stuck in cold, cloudy Geneva when you are desperate to be on the slopes?
Here’s the solution!
In the morning, check www.snow-forecast.com and the webcams for the latest snow reports and weather conditions.
The closest ski resort to Geneva, is only 45 minutes drive.READ MORE
Ever fancied camping in the depth of Winter? In the snow? Doesn’t sound that appealing does it. Okay, so what if the ‘tent’ was in fact a luxurious dome-shaped ‘pod’, complete with ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, huge log burner and sumptuous bed? Yep, after ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ over the website for The Whitepod Resort (www.whitepod.com) I too was sold. So along with my husband Olly, I immediately booked a one night stay. Our Pod for the night We drove up to a snowy Les Cerniers (about one and a half hour journey from Geneva) to be greeted by a friendly team who gave us snowshoes, head torches and details about the resort. A short walk from the reception, on a gentle hill overlooking Lake Geneva, sat the cosy pods. All cheerfully puffing out wispy smoke signals inviting us in. If Peter Jackson wanted a location for Bilbo Baggins to take a winter holiday, this would be perfect. Unlike Hobbit dimensions though, our pod was vast. After receiving our luggage via a rugged mountain man on a skidoo (no lugging our own bags, darling!), we made ourselves feel at home. I made a cup of tea and took […]READ MORE
In the shadow of Mont Blanc, just over an hour from Geneva lies Megeve, the jewel of the French Alps. Megeve was conceived in the 1920’s as a French alternative to St Moritz and developed by the Rothschild’s who built one of the first hotels there. It was one of the first purpose built ski resorts but due to planning restrictions has managed to retain its alpine ambience and style. The village is fairly low at 1000 m with the skiing up to 2350 m. The skiing is relaxed with rolling pistes but on a snowy day there is good off piste which remains untracked. The Evasion Mont Blanc ski pass gives access to 112 lifts and 445km of pistes. This includes St Gervais, Combloux, Megeve, La Giettaz, Les Contamines and St Nicholas de Veroce. It’s the mountain ambience and restaurants where Megeve comes in to its own and makes this one of our favourite day or weekend trips from Geneva. Its an ideal place to wander around the village and check out the excellent shopping. You will find most of the high end brands here including Moncler and Hermes and many people come to Megeve and don’t ski. Megeve […]READ MORE