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. […]



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 […]



Geneva Out & About: Week of September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

There is a lot  to look forward to this week; including outdoor movies, festivals in Pâquis, Oktoberfest, an Australian festival and more! Ciné Chaises Longues: If you like outdoor cinemas, then grab your sweaters and blankets, and get ready to join this great initiative by Pré en Bulle – an association created to reinforce the community bond in Les Grottes. They will be showing 3 movies from the Soviet Union, from the 1920s. Films start under the stars at 8.30pm. I will be there early to grab a drink and to taste some pirojki (a Russian and Ukrainian specialty). The bar opens at 7.45pm on Rue de la Sibérie (Square Berger). The good news is that they will show the films even if it’s raining, but please note that there will then be a change of location. (Rain Location: Ilot 13 on rue de Montbrillant). Les Grottes. September 26-28.   Sonopack Festival and Les Pâquis sont à la rue: two big events in Pâquis this weekend! Sonopack aims to support local artists, while also collaborating with International ones. Fantastic DJs will be mixing all styles of music at Salle du Môle, Silencio, La Petite Reine, L’Aiglon and other venues (check out the full program here). […]


Reposoir beach

Chilling Out at Le Reposoir

September 11, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Personally, I love to spend time outdoors and, if the weather is nice on Sunday, I won’t miss the opportunity to hang out at the beach! I might even go for a swim (just be careful when going into the water, as it’s a bit slippery). If you are quite an active person, you can always go SUPping (Standing Up Paddle) for a good core workout! I have yet to give it a try, but it looks easy to learn and like it would be a lot of fun! Le Reposoir is ideal to spend the day relaxing near the lake, with a view of the Salève. It’s a small, free beach with grass, and once you are there you really feel you are on holiday all over again. That’s even their motto! Located just before Chambésy, Le Reposoir is a walk-able distance from the center of town (approximately 1 km from the Botanical Gardens). If you cycle, you’ll be there in no time. You can also drive there but be aware that the car park is quite small and fills up very quickly. I think it’s worth going even if the weather is not very nice because, if you […]

Stunning Chateau

A Lazy Weekend in Beaujolais

July 08, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Château de la Fléchère, Beaujolais Just 2 hours from Geneva, and set amongst rolling vineyards and the Tuscan-style landscape of northern Beaujolais, a hidden gem, Château de la Fléchère, is nestled. As you approach the wrought iron Victorian gates, the orange hue of the stone façade of the Chateau, coupled with the vibrant pink and magenta flowers lining the driveway, make for an enchanting entrance. A sultry June Friday afternoon gives it a Mediterranean feel. There are only a handful of rooms in the main Chateau; three decorated in a delightful Victorian style and three more suites that are more modern in their design. The rooms are in the beautifully converted outbuildings, and have exposed wooden beams, wooden floors and spacious bathrooms in light pastel shades. A fresh bouquet of white roses greets us upon arrival. Our host gives us a genuinely warm welcome, and her elegance and style pervades the Chateau and its lovely garden. Stylish, but not pretentious or stuffy. On sunny days, Breakfast is served leisurely on the delightful grounds in Silver Service pots with China crockery. A perfect setting to relax and enjoy fresh warmed brioche, bio bread wood-baked with hazelnuts and delicate eggs laid by […]