Articles Tagged ‘France’

A Taste of Switzerland: Absinthe Anyone?

A Taste of Switzerland: Absinthe Anyone? February 19, 2011 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Although our thoughts immediately go back to the bohemia cultures and writers and artists of 19th France, absinthe, also known as “La Fée Verte” (The Green Fairy) was created in the Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, notably in the Jura Mountains bordering France. Most of the production has been...

A “County Fair” Unlike Any You’ve Ever Been To: Les Automanales

A “County Fair” Unlike Any You’ve Ever Been To: Les Automanales November 20, 2010 | Events, Food, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Geneva, Switzerland. Besides the beautiful fall colors contrasting with the early snow on the peaks of the French and Swiss Alps, there is the Geneva “County Fair”. Called “Les Automnales”. Every year in Geneva at Palexpo (a gigantesque exhibition center...

Switzerland Rocks! Lady Gaga, Shakira and then Elton John for the Holidays

Switzerland Rocks! Lady Gaga, Shakira and then Elton John for the Holidays November 12, 2010 | Nightlife | Read More
Who says nothing happens in Switzerland? Just Alphorns and cows. Ha! We’ve been getting some big stars and we’re loving it. Sting was just here and this Sunday my pals and I are enroute to Zurich for the Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour (I’ve had my wardrobe planned for months. In fact I wore it on...

Geneva International Airport: Ideal Airport if You’re Delayed

Geneva International Airport: Ideal Airport if You’re Delayed November 5, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
GVA: image courtesy of Geneva International Airport Switzerland’s Geneva International Airport or “GVA” as it’s affectionately coded has been a close part of my life for many years and we have both changed a great deal (all for the better, of course). Twice a year we get together for my holiday...

Parlez-vous Français? Part II: The French Academy Rules

Parlez-vous Français? Part II: The French Academy Rules October 24, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
One of the topics of debate that is primordial at the Summit of the “Organisation internationale de la francophonie”, being held now in Montreux, Switzerland is the French language. Days are being spent discussing its social significance, its pedagogy, its codification, its grammatical dogma and...

Parlez-vous Français? Part I: The Francophone Summit

Parlez-vous Français? Part I: The Francophone Summit October 23, 2010 | Events, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
No doubt the largest linguistic and cultural gathering of the planet, the 13th Summit of “la Francophonie” has been going on this last week in the idyllic Lake Geneva Riviera town of Montreux protected by the steep Swiss Alps. Of course, you already know that this area of Switzerland speaks French....

Swiss Supermarket Discoveries Part V: Customs and Logistics

Swiss Supermarket Discoveries Part V: Customs and Logistics October 12, 2010 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
WHEN YOU’RE ALLOWED TO SHOP Yes, you read it correctly. There are rules (legislation by Canton and sometimes Communes usually with the originally intended objective of preserving family life with a mix of no one should be working in shops on Sunday). Monday through Friday the hours are usually 9:00...

Swiss Supermarket Discoveries Part IV: What to drink

Swiss Supermarket Discoveries Part IV: What to drink August 9, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Isostar L Carnitin Electrolyte tablets:image courtesy of shop.wander.ch Swiss Drinks to Quench your Wanderlust Thirst Electrolyte drinks will help you get uphill (even if it’s in the city, but certainly important in altitude). I recommend carrying a tube of IsoStar tablets (Coop supermarket) which...

Countdown to Bastille Day July 14!

Countdown to Bastille Day July 14! July 13, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Take your places, it’s almost time for the celebration of the end of the French Revolution  with huge firework displays  which will take place everywhere around Lake Geneva.  Since the border of France and Switzerland runs right down the middle of the lake, you can be sure there is a great deal...