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Free concerts all summer in Parc de la Grange

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Contrary to popular belief, not everything has a price in Geneva. Yes, it is still possible to be entertained for free – and even by the same high quality standards as with a paid ticket or entry fee. And the setting is beautiful, in Parc de la Grange in Eaux-Vives, not far from Baby Plage, hidden away in a clearing surrounded by trees.

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Spice of India and Little India, Paquis

August 26, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Being English, one of few things I used to miss about living in Geneva is a good curry. Not any more…

Over the last six years I have been a regular at Little India and Spice of India (the newer sister restaurant).

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Gangnam style and the latest craze…

November 18, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

I was in a bar in Geneva last week when suddenly, what should come on to the sound system? “Gangnam style”, the Kpop sensation that has recently been sweeping the globe. Composed solely by Korean pop artist PSY from lyrics to choreography (based on riding a horse) Gangnam style has had over 715,309,389 hits on YouTube in the last 4 months. When the song came on everyone in the bar stopped talking and starting singing along, some people even knew the dance! This got me thinking, what other unlikely internet fads have made their way into Geneva. You may have read the earlier Biskotti article featuring Larry the photo-bombing swan? Photo-bombing animals are everywhere.  Ever heard of planking? Well its newer cousin has arrived, and is called the “mo bot”. The “mo bot” is based on Mo Farah’s dance at the Olympics and involves putting your hands over your head to create an “M” and posing in from of a notable landmark, like the Jet d’Eau.  Another fun internet craze involving the Jet d’Eau is the deceptive photo, to do this one, stand in the foreground with the water in the background so that in the eye of the camera […]

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Picasso at Work, Through the Lens of David Douglas Duncan

October 29, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

In the 20th century, a strong relationship existed between painters and photographers. Photographers would often take portraits of painters, and would even observe and photograph, painters at work. This was a symbiotic relationship whereby photographers added to their portfolio of work, while painters gained publicity through the photographs taken of them. This relationship also created an illusion of intimacy between the painter, his creation, and the viewer – an intimacy that had not previously existed. Picasso at Work, through the lens of David Douglas Duncan, at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, features 150 of Picasso’s works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramic pieces and engravings), displayed alongside the photographs of David Douglas Duncan. Duncan selected over 100 photographs from the thousands that he personally took, between 1956 and 1973, of Picasso and his milieu. The photos reveal Duncan’s remarkable acuity, as well as his complicity to work with his model. The variety of photos that Picasso and Duncan composed together shows the novelty of this type of partnership, at the time. In 1956, Duncan, an American photographer, assumed the task of documenting the life and work of Pablo Picasso. His wife, Jacqueline Roque-Picasso, was involved in the project, which took […]

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WIN Free tickets for Pianist Valentina Lisitsa – the You Tube sensation!

October 29, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

With 46 million hits and counting, pianist Valentina Lisitsa is a You Tube phenomenon! A remarkable talent, Lisitsa started playing the piano at the age of 3, in Kiev. Since the early 90’s she has been based in the US, where she lives in North Carolina with her husband and son, Benjamin. Lisitsa is signed with Decca Records, and she is now one of the world’s most-watched musicians. She will be visiting the Victoria Hall in Geneva for one night only, on November 5th, as part of her worldwide tour. In her programme, she will include well-known pieces by Rachmaninov, Chopin and Beethoven. To be entered in the competition to WIN 2 FREE tickets (worth 75 CHF each), all you have to do is “LIKE” Biskotti on Facebook! The winner will be drawn on November 2, so don’t miss this great opportunity! Share this with your friends, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be their +1 if they win instead of you! Visit Valentina Lisitsa’s website for more information, and to sample some of her music! You can also purchase tickets for this great concert, or many other great concerts in Geneva, by visiting the Alternative Classiques website! GOOD […]

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Faces of Geneva: Photography Project

October 22, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

If you had to pick your favourite spot in Geneva, and describe the city in one word, what would you say? That’s the question that photographer Josh Fassbind has been asking Geneva residents since 2010. My response would be the lakeside, and my one word would be lifestyle! After meeting 150 of the 193 nationalities represented at the UN, Mr. Fassbind has now put together a photo exhibition of his subjects in their favourite spots around town. Faces of Geneva aims to discover a shared living space, and points out our city’s multicultural character. “This project started from the desire to compare experiences in the shared living space of Geneva,” notes the artist. These images immortalise each participant in his or her favourite Geneva location, and each image is tagged with the subject’s first name, country of origin and their chosen key word. The project began in October 2010 with a Finn who chose to be photographed running on the banks of the Rhône, at La Jonction. The project continued over the months, with Fassbind often taking up to five photos per day! Some of the favourite places are the Place des Nations, Pâquis baths and the lakeshore. The project also […]

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Geneva Gets a Meme?

October 08, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Be careful of the unexpected when taking photos! Occasionally, unwanted people or animals can pop-up in the background! This internet craze, when something unexpected appears in your photo, is known as a meme. Last week, a photo of a Stingray in Grand Cayman, pictured behind innocent, scared bystanders, went viral and received thousands of hits! (Huffingtonpost.com). This meme looked like it received a little help from a prankster, but it was a great photo and it received worldwide coverage. Did you know that Geneva may be developing a photographic meme of its own, too?! It may not be quite as scary as a stingray, or as cute and cuddly as a koala bear, but it’s shaping-up to be a big hit! Larry the Lad is a swan, and he is known for his lad-ish tendencies around the lake! Not only does he have a penchant for hogging the limelight in photos, he also enjoys chasing the female swans, as well as sneaking a cheeky swig of beer from unattended cups! Consider yourself warned! Without further ado…Biskotti would like to introduce you to Geneva’s very own meme! If you are lucky enough to snap a photo with Larry, then be sure to send it to us […]

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Lost, then Found – in One Day!

October 01, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

On Monday, I was traveling on the number 15 tram – it was raining hard, I was in a hurry, and I jumped off of the tram without a second glance behind me. As the tram pulled away, however, I noticed that my socks were wet and that I had left my phone on the seat. Unbelievable! Climbing back on the tram in the evening, I was in no mood to talk to strangers so, when I felt a tap on my shoulder, I was annoyed. But, when I turned around, a fellow-commuter was holding out my phone! It turns out he had recognised me from the morning commute! Only in Geneva can you ride the same exact tram, with the same exact person, twice in one day! I was lucky enough to have my phone returned, but it still got me wondering what weird objects have been left on a tram. I was so curious about this that I called the Objet Trouvé office in Rive – where you should head, by the way, should you leave something behind. There was much debate, but they informed me that the weirdest things to pass through their lost-and-found office were a […]

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Sports: Week of September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Around Geneva: If you’re looking to watch some local sporting action, then be sure to mark these events in your diary! September 26: Football – FC Servette v Lausanne, Stade de Genève, 7.45pm. www.servettefc.ch FC Servette are currently 10th in the league after 8 matches and have only 2 points. They desperately require a result against their local rivals Lausanne. They play at Stade de Geneve which is in La Praille, Lancy and seats around 30,000 Fans. It was built in 2003 at a cost of over 200 million CHF. September 28: Ice Hockey – GSHC v Zug, Patinoire de Vernets, 7.45pm. www.gshc.ch GSHC (or the Eagles as they are known) are flying high at the top of the league with 12 points after 4 consecutive victories! They frequently attract crowds of around 7000 with a great atmosphere playing in Vernets. Biskotti would love to hear from you if you’re part of a local sports team, or if you have a favourite, local team that you always make time for! Do you and your team have some upcoming events that you think we should know about? Email us at sports@biskotti.ch and let us know! Armchair Sport Picks: If you prefer […]

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Losing My Identity: Zn Restaurant; Plainpalais

July 08, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

I have an aversion to restaurants that try to specialise in too many cuisines. So, when I saw an Asian restaurant that specialises in Indian and Thai food, I was sceptical. My wife suggested we give it a try, though.  I resisted once but, as ever, succumbed a short time thereafter. “It’s walking distance and looks nice,” she said. So here we are, in central Geneva, in Zn; I am English, my wife is Mexican, and we’re in an Asian restaurant specialising in two cuisines. I order an Indian beer that is served in a Japanese Kirin-branded beer glass, and my wife has a virgin Cuban Mojito. Still following? I am confused and lost between several continents. The décor is nice. Minimalist and modern with magenta orchids to give it a hint of Thailand. There is a pretty outdoor terrace, hidden away, in the better part of Plainpalais. The chairs look good, but aren’t super comfortable – luckily the warm and friendly service makes up for that, though. I go Indian whilst my wife goes Thai. I try the Spicy Chicken Samosas with sweet chilli sauce, and they’re nice and crispy with a tang. There is a large salad on […]

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