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Chilling Out in Carouge

April 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

I don’t know about you, but I always forget about Carouge – despite the fact that it is one of the nicest areas to wander around, especially on a Sunday! Cozy cafés, concerts, art, movies and even a bit of shopping are on the to-do-list.

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Up the Salève

March 03, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

If you haven’t been up the Salève in winter yet, don’t miss the opportunity before the snow is gone ! You can go sledging, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. If you prefer just to enjoy a short walk and a nice meal it’s also possible. The Salève is the closest mountain from Geneva, right across the border.  Right now the cable car is unfortunately closed till April so you need a car to go up unless you fancy hiking. In that case take bus 8 to Veyrier and start from there. You can join a free guided hike every Sunday (leaving from Veyrier Douane bus stop at 10am). Make sure you have the right clothing. You don’t need to register. Expect a long hike (5 to 8 hours). Otherwise La Croisette (in Muraz) is probably the best place to start from. To get to La Croisette you need to drive through Collonges-Sous-Salève and via to Le Coin. At the top you will find the Auberge des Montagnards with a big terrace with a great view. Cheese dishes and blueberry pies expect you. You can’t book so get there early if you want more than a hot chocolate. More websites on the Salève: Information […]

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Stroll and lunch in Bois de la Bâtie

February 17, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Do you ever explore Geneva outskirts? I am talking about the small communes that are not too far away from the centre. They have the kind of countryside touch and atmosphere without being quite the country yet. Do the names Lancy, Bernex, Onex, and Cartigny ring a bell? You can just hop on a train or a bus/tram and have a nice little stroll around. The closest and most accessible path is probably in Les Bois de la Bâtie, in Petit-Lancy. You can start your walk up from the route des Péniches (near Jonction). You’ll get a nice view on the Arve and all of Geneva on a sunny day.  In this cold weather you’ll see stalactites on the rocks. You’ll probably also see many joggers. It’s a nice quiet little forest.  If you have kids the animal park there will delight them: birds of all kinds, marmots, mountain sheep, goats and hares expect you. If you are looking for peace and quiet the forest and stream setting will certainly do! The visit is free as well. If you want to have a good lunch, I would recommend Café de la Tour, which offers traditional meals (and yes it is […]

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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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Breakfast in town and a stroll along the Arve…

November 25, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

How about going for a walk this week? Whether you want to stay in town or go in the country, Geneva offers a lot of options for short and easy walks. A really nice one is to go along the Arve River; It’s a good idea to take bus number 8 to Pont-Sierre to and begin from there to walk all the way back to Jonction. Or you go in the other direction and start from Jonction. Make sure you have good shoes, as it might get a bit muddy! You’ll be walking through forests and see great autumn-coloured trees; you will also go via Carouge. What I also find interesting is the colour of the water that keeps changing and all the birds you can observe if you are quiet enough. If you need a map you can find one here. The City of Geneva website has a list of 10 walks that are all quite fun to do, especially to discover or re-discover parks, museums and places you probably haven’t even noticed. I would start the day with breakfast before the walk but feel free to have brunch after your exercise! A good place is Chez Quartier, on rue […]

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Geneva Out & About: Week of October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

This week, highlights include great wine tastings, after-work drinks, a unique film festival, a free walk, a creativity festival, tales, historical tramways and a tasting fair! Wine Tastings: two options this week for wine lovers! Coop Wine fair: Hop on a CGN boat in Pâquis to taste (and buy, if you’d like!) more than 300 wines, with advice from experts. Sicily and Sardinia are guests of honour this year. Boarding at the Pier of Vieux Paquis on Quai du Mont Blanc. October 31 – November 4. Wednesday to Friday: 5pm–10pm, Saturday: 2pm–10pm and Sunday: 2pm-7pm. More details here. Open Cellars in Vaud: Local winemakers will be delighted to explain what the new wine “bourru“ is, and the whole process of fermentation. Walk through the vineyards of Luins, near Gland, and enjoy some food and music along the way! 15 CHF to purchase a glass and taste the wine, in all of the wineries. I went last year and we had such a blast! The weather was fantastic and people were really friendly. Shuttles are  available from Gland train station, and they take you to all of the wineries. Information in French here. November 3-4. After-work Drinks MAMCO: This event is done in conjunction […]

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Geneva Out & About: Week of October 8, 2012

October 08, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Jazz Contreband: Don’t miss out on this great jazz festival! Concerts are all over the region, and are spread between 18 different venues. Concerts are not only taking place in Geneva, but also in Nyon and Annecy. In Geneva, AMR and Le Chat Noir are particularly good places to check-out because of their nice atmosphere. You can also head to Onex or Meyrin (easily accessed by tram), or to Annemasse, where I, personally, won’t miss Marcus Miller on October 23! All of the details are here. Everyday until October 26. Animatou: International animated movie festival with workshops and films for all ages! They are presenting a lot of short movies, as well as some premieres and documentaries in smaller cinemas, (Grütli, Spoutnik, Bio Cinema, Scalaand Nord-Sud) and larger ones, like Pathé. In their headquarters in Les Grottes, the festival organises workshops, concerts and more! Check out the program to see the times and the venues. Or, follow them on Facebook. Everyday  until October 14.   Ethical Fashion Night: Glam, fabulous and ethical! All for free! 3 fashion shows, organic wine-tasting, circus acts, card-reading, pop-up shops and music to dance to, all through the night. The event is organised by NiceFuture – the non-profit […]

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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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