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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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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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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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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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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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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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