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NileGuide Expert Says:
Little known piece of information for sports enthusiasts: Corsier hosts the headquarters of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, the international governing body for amateur wrestling.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Local Expert, Sonja Holverson: If you walk further up the main street, Route de Chatel-Saint-Denis and turn left at Rue du Chateau you will find the tiny village of Corsier and the Church of St.Jean Baptiste built in 1228 before the Reformation in the 1500s. Excellent views in all of this neighborhood. Or cross the main street Route de Chatel-Saint-Denis and go slightly down hill to board the Mont Pelerin funicular and go to the very top! After you catch your breath from recovering from the view, walk down the street Chemin de L'Hotel Mirador and enjoy a drink or dinner on the terrace of this Belle Epoque Hotel managed by Kempinski.
World loved actor, writer, director, producer, composer and choreographer, Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin left us a legacy of more than 80 films from 1914 to 1967, most of which were silent. His most famous was "The Tramp" in 1915 and this character is remembered best for its toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane and the signature walk. Charlie Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England in 1989, worked and lived in the USA and spent most of his time in Hollywood, California. After being denied re-entry into the United States due to his political views during the McCarthy Era (the historical witch hunt for Communists in the 1950s). Charlie Chaplin took his family to Corsier, Switzerland where some of them still reside in the Chaplin family home. He passed on December 25, 1977 and is buried along side his wife, Oona, in a lovely spot with a fabulous view of the Swiss and French Alps along the shores of Lake Geneva.His daughter, actress Geraldine Chaplin, most famous for her role in Doctor Zhivago, from the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternack, is seen occasionally in the Chaplin family home and in Corsier and is an active contributor to the community. Also pay homage to another English actor, James Neville Mason (15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984)best known for his role as Brutus in Julius Caesar with Marlon Brando in 1953. Literary fans may want to pay their respects to Henry Graham Greene, English author, playwright and literary critic (October 2, 1904 – April 3, 1991). Marvel at the Alpine view of the Swiss and French Alps, the mouth of the Rhone River and the largest lake in Western Europe, the Lake of Geneva.
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