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Geneva Out & About: Week of December 17, 2012 and the Holiday season!

December 16, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

This week, don’t miss the best of short animated films, The Wizard of Oz, Christmas and End of the World parties. For the holiday season, remember to go ice-Skating, enjoy some thermal baths, and read some of our tips on what to do if you are in Geneva for New Year’s Eve. Bossa-Nova concert : Le Chic has a new team and they are super nice. This Wednesday, don’t miss Diego Gadenz Trio’s concert. Rue de Fribourg 3 (in the basement of L’America pool bar, don’t be afraid to go in) December 19, 8pm Best of Animatou: If you missed this international animated movie festival in October, here is your chance to see the short films that won a prize. For a public from 12 years old. Atlas, Bon Voyage, Brüderchen Winter and 5 more short movies. Full program and description here. Great stories! Drinks at 8pm. Films start at 9pm. Cinémas du Grütli Salle Simon. Rue du Général Dufour 16. December 20. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:  If you are looking for a bit of magic, take family trip to the Land of Oz with this musical comedy. Enjoy this light and marvellous story! Impressive sets of actors, singers and musicians. […]

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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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Geneva Out & About: Week of November 5, 2012

November 05, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

This week don’t miss the University film club, the Autumn Fair at Palexpo, Pony Run Run, board games, Peruvian food, movies with English subtitles, a fun feminist party, and tales! LOCO motion: Why not join the UNIGE Monday film club? Tonight, don’t miss Crash by David Cronenberg! Every year, the University of Geneva holds a film club on Mondays. This season, the theme is transport…so, movies of all genres and eras will be featured that take a look at trains, bikes, cars and other machines. I personally won’t miss El Viaje, a beautiful piece on Patagonia, on November 26. CHF 8. Auditorium Arditi. Place du Cirque, Avenue du Mail 1. Every Monday until December 17, at 8pm. Les Automnales: Autumn Fair. Not only a good way to find out what’s new in the shopping world -and maybe find your Christmas gifts – but also lots of activities and shows. 3 main topics for the exhibition: housing, leisure and cooking. Check out the latest innovations! The fair includes lots of demonstrations and fun activities: cooking workshops, after-work drinks with DJs, a treasure hunt, a running race, circus and theatre. 10 CHF. Palexpo. November 9-18. Make sure to check the 3 special small fairs: The Art of […]

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Neon Parallax: Innovative Public Art

October 15, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Plainpalais is the place to be on Friday, October 19th at 6.30pm for the inauguration of the final phase of the public art project, Neon Parallax.  The project was started in 2006, and this final phase will see three, new neon installations made by artists Ann Veronica Janssens, Pierre Bismuth and Christian Robert-Tisso. The idea for Neon Parallax was conceived specifically with plaine de Plainpalais in mind. It is an ambitious and unique project that has been initiated by Fonds d’art contemporain for both the city, and the canton of Geneva (FMAC and FCAC). The project already has six of these luminous artworks displayed, and the installations will be displayed for a ten-year period. The intention of this installation is to give the public a new way to explore and experience artwork in the city, without adding to the urban space that is already overloaded with visual imagery. The project also aims to show the viewer that urban spaces can be common spaces; and can therefore be improved with a fresh, new look. It’s easy to understand why plaine de Plainpalais was selected for this project – it is the perfect mix of local and business activities, while also catering to […]

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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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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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