Tuesday, 30 October 2018

My favorite attraction in Geneva is back ! How to enjoy the sound a& light show in Parcheggio Des Bastions!

Finally after 2 years my favorite ever  Geneva attraction is back !!!
The sound & light show has just come back and will be on stage for about 3 weeks until November 21st!
To enjoy this faboulous 20 minutes show that takes place in Parc Des Bastions on the walls of the University, you just go there every evening at 6 pm; 7 pm; 8pm
This year the theme is about Gravity and Science

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Week ends Activities for kids from 6 till 12 years old with Geneva WWF PandaClub starting at 15CHF Summer activities also available

kids enjoying the spring activities at PandaClub image from ©Pandclub website

I have just received the list of Spring Week Ends Children activities organized by Panda Club of Geneva, the Children Section of WWF  they are simply great and your children will love them.

My son attended many of their activities already and he always had a great fun so I definitively recommend this program.
Panda Club Geneva organizes children activities from March till the end of June , on Saturdays , Sundays and on Wednesday  all focused on discovering nature (plants and animals) exploring Geneva and nearby countryside  ; this year spring activities include also observation of the reptiles , Easter eggs painting, and many other interesting things.
Each activity lasts from few hours to half day/one day , parents have to take children at the agreed pick up point in town and then come back at the end of the activity

In addition to the weekend/weekly program, PandClub organizes also 7 Summer weeks (daily activities )  for kids from 6 till 12 years old each one focused on a different theme, kids arrives at 8.30 a.m. and leave around 5 p.m., the starting point for these activities is Petit Lancy, alla ctivities are in French. The cost for a full week is only 230 CHF  . Enrollment has just started 

You can get the detailed program directly on the Panda Club Geneva site , to enroll your kid you just have to fill a form and pay the requested amount on line  .
Enrollment is on "first come first served bases " and activities get full very quickly , so if you are interested don't wait further , all information are available on their website!Important : all activities are in French.
 Panda Club also organizes activities for children aged 12 + , that  is available on request as well

Monday, 19 February 2018

Get a SUMMER JOB for your Teenager in the City of Geneva (for the ones aged between 15 till 22 years old). Enrollment will start early March

My son is only 13 years old , however I know that when he will be 15 years old  I will strongly encourage him to apply for one of the available  summer jobs offered by the  City of Geneva .
If you have kids aged between 15 and 22 years old , what a better opportunity for them to have a 3 weeks working experience in the City of  Geneva Organization (Ville de Geneve) , this summer?

There are currently 160 jobs available in different sectors of the Ville de Geneve Organization for example in the logistics or  environmental areas or in Libraries, Museums , Public Offices and so on , the key conditions to apply are : 1) to be a student  and 2) be resident in Geneva canton 3) have a valid work permit
                     one of the possible summer jobs offered to geneva students  © tdg.ch

Salary depends on age and varies from 13 to 21 CHF/hour

Important: enrollment can only be done online , on the Ville de Geneva website ; applications will open at the beginning of  March 3rd so just watch the website and be ready to ask  your teenagers sons/daughters to enroll quickly!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

How to enjoy the Swatch collection -FREE guided tour every Sunday at 11 a.m. at La Cite' Du Temps - Geneva city center

I've always been a Swatch lover , since when the first models were launched in the 80's and I started to collect  these iconic watches in the 90's when they  were very difficult to find in Italy
My teenager son has a couple of them already and I still  can't resist buying a new  model from time to time ...

My passion for  Swatch  hasn't diminished, the name Swatch comes from a combination of the two words Swiss and Watch , and I do admire a company that has turned watches into fashion accessories that happen to also  tell the time...
the Swatch collection in Geneva 

This post is for all Swatch lovers , may be not everybody knows that the Swatch Collection is hosted at the  top floor of the Cite' du Temps, in the Pont de la Machine , one of Geneva most famous monuments, built in 1840 to supply water to the city
The building was restored by the Swatch Group in 2005 and since then it hosts the Swatch collection, showing basically all models produced from 1983 till today, so it's really fun to walk through all these watches and seek for the ones you have had and to think about the memories that they bring back to your mind

The entry  to the Swatch collection is FREE and every Sunday there is a free guided tour at 11 a.m. , a great way to enjoy the exhibition  and to discover the best and most interesting models

the building La Cite Du Temps in the center of the city www.myswitzerland.com

WALK with the St. BERNARDS DOGS all weekends until end May -Barry Foundation - 2 hrs from Geneva

The Barry Foundation, who owns the oldest St. Bernards dogs breeding center organizes walks with their famous dogs every Sunday and Saturday until end of May.
A  45 minutes walk in the nice landscape of  Champex Lac during winter and in the woods around Martigny in summer costs 30 CHF per adult and 15 CHF per child  of age between 6 and 16 years old, walks are free for kids younger than 6 years old, accompanied by an adult.
Please book your place in advance  through the tourist office in Champex-Lac (telephone +41 (0) 27 775 23 83, www.champex.ch or e-mail champexlac@saint-bernard.ch), for the winter walks , book directly at the Barry Foundation for the spring walks from March through May

    images of a spring walk with the Saint Bernard dogs copyright www.fondation-barry.ch

About the St. Bernards , these dogs are the Swiss National dogs and one of the symbols of Switzerland , their origins dates back to the 11 century when monks founded a hospice in the Grand Saint Bernard pass to host travelers and pilgrims, The monks brought with them at the hospice some big mountain dogs  to guard and protect the people there, these dogs were the ancestors of the St. Bernards dogs and became soon famous also for being able to rescue people in the snow avalanches . 

The Barry foundation , not only owns the oldest breeding center but also promotes several activities to increase awareness and interest about these  special type of dogs and  takes care about these dogs in Switzerland and beyond. Its name it's in memory of a dog called Barry who lived at the beginning of the 19th century and who saved more than 40 people in the snows.

St Bernards at teh Fondation Barry  www.fonfdation-barry.ch

Sunday, 24 September 2017

How to enjoy Crete -2 hrs by plane from Geneva- my personal diary

Personal diary and advice about travelling the fabulous Crete , this is my 5 days holiday last Easter.
I love travelling and whenever I have time I write a diary, I hope it can be useful if you plan to go there.
seaside at Plaka , one of the places I loved most in this holiday picture is copyright howtogeneva.com

DAY 1 We land in Chania on the Easter Day and we quickly get out the airport,  we only have hand luggages, more than enough for 5 days holiday, and we easily find the Europcar employee who accompanies us to take the car we hired, a small Suzuki that is very cheap and will be very practical and reliable throughout our entire trip.
Our  first stop is Chania, at Porto Veneziano Hotel , booked via Expedia for 163 euros the triple room with breakfast and parking included, the hotel is located right on the seafront near the Naval Museum,
Chania is charming and and lively , the Easter evening is crowded of locals and tourists  hanging in trendy cafes for a drink, the atmosphere is very nice with a  beautiful sunset as background.
After having tasted some white Crete wine in one of the waterfront cafes  we have dinner at the Salis Restaurant ,an elegant place very close to our hotel, we have fish dinner , it’s good but not spectacular, at least for us , however the atmosphere is trendy and I would recommend this place ,although it’s not cheap to be Greece.

DAY 2 On the Easter Monday the sky is grey and we are glad to have seen  Chania at the golden sunset light of the day before. After a good breakfast, we decide to walk on the passage leading to the lighthouse, crossing  very few tourists and some fishermen; then we want to explore the old part of town , it’s beautiful and characteristic, and we get lost  in the many narrow streets that have plants and flowers as ceilings , we enjoy the view of boutique hotels and cafes, and local craft stores among which I liked one that sells antique prints and another with crocheted dolls.
Unfortunately main attractions are closed in Chania on that day so we can’t visit any church or monument and frankly the many souvenir shops are not worth a stop, so we go back to our hotel to collect our luggage and continue to our main destination Gouves, 20km east of Heraklion , our base for the rest of the holiday
The road runs along the coast, and it takes us at least an hour to get to Rethymno where we decide to stop .The city is pretty cute with Venetian palaces and wooden balconies that we had already saw in Nafplio a few years ago, also here we slowly walk in the lively city center crossing  a crowd of tourists and of course the myriad of handicraft shops and souvenirs. We aren’t hungry so we decide to grab something in a nice local pastry shop and we continue to the fortress which unfortunately is closed, however  weather is nice and the walk is very pleasant.
The hotel where we are directed is the Amirandes part of the Greek Hotel Chain Grecotel famous for its high standard facilities, we booked it about two months before on bookgreece.com, a new travel portal that we did not know and which turned out to be great, in fact we got an unbeatable offer for this one that is  one of the most famous hotel in the whole Greece.
The hotel is in fact faboulous  it seems floating on the sea which it is surrounded in all its parts in the central structure, it is really a pleasure to enjoy the sea view sitting in  one of the sofas especially at sunset, unrivaled luxury at affordable price thanks bookgreece.com.

DAY 3 The morning of April 18, the alarm clock sounds early because we will meet our guide at  9.30 am at the entrance of Knossos , this private guided tour is not cheap but Mrs Filia Chrissou (filia.chrissou@gmail.com) is very well prepared , professional and very gentle . The guided tour is s worth the money , because Filia enabled us to fully appreciate the majesty of this immense  archaeological site, beautiful but not ideal to be visited alone and without preparation
I must say that our visit to Knossos has gone beyond our expectations, certainly thanks to our guide, but also to the clear sunny day , to the few tourists, probably the mass tourism will arrive later, and to the colors of the temples: the purple red and the black that stand in the blue of the clear sky of April
Time flies and and Mrs Filia suggests to take us to the Heraklion archaeological museum without any extra charge , this is a fabulous surprise , we discover the wonderful beauties of this truly unforgettable museum, which holds all the treasures of Minoan art and the originals of what we saw in Knossos.
We now need a break and we point to Heraklion city center , which is a five minute walk from the Museum , we have a good gyros in one of the cafes on the main square, the area is nice, lively with beautiful places , nice people, nice narrow streets, definitely a must see place.
At our return, almost at the end of a long day the Amirandes relaxes us with its sophisticated atmosphere and the dreamview , and its great dinner service, included our package, and live music.
the impressive site of Knossos, best to be seen with an expert guide. Picture is copyright howtogeneva.com 

DAY 4 On April 19, the weather forecasts are good and so our travel plan for Spinalonga and Agios Nikolaos is confirmed. We are not in a rush and we decide to drive slowly and take the ferry from  Plaka, rather than from  Elounda, this is a great choice , 'The road leading to Plaka from Neapoli is extremely scenic  and it gives us unforgettable views
Plaka is a small, picturesque village with a crystal blue water, a handwritten sign indicates free parking and the direction to get the ferry to Spinalonga, the small ticket barrack is directly on the pier, we wait for the  first boat , in 10 minutes we are on the island that was the last leper in Europe.
We get off the boat and find a bar with a wonderful sea view and the ticket office on the opposite side of the pier ,  there is not too much to see at the pier and we are here to explore Spinalonga so we pay the ticket and get inside the leper town. The walk through the fortified and pleasant town offers beautiful views of the crystal clear sea and the most beautiful gulf we have seen in this holiday.
We decide to walk all the trails, even the one that reaches the top , it’s difficult to figure out how the atmosphere was when the island was populated by lepers , now it seems a paradise but it must have been very different a long time ago…  after the walk we head to the pier to wait for the first boat to arrive at Plaka  Although Plaka is a very pretty village  definitely one of the most characteristic places we have seen throughout our holiday, we decide to leave to Agios Nikolaos because we want to visit the village and return to the hotel in time to enjoy its facilities .
Agios Nikolaos is anice little town, perhaps less beautiful than I expected, I definitely prefer Rethymno and Chania, however it’s worth a walk, we admire the lagoon inside the village, very unique and full of fishes that come to the surface as soon as you throw a crumb of bread in the water, then we have lunch and we eat the best pita of the whole holiday in a tavern called the Taverna Karnagio , full of locals and tourists there is a very nice atmosphere  may be because the weather is gorgeous and the summer is close.
On the way back to our hotel we stop at the monastery of St. George a place full of peace and serenity.
DAY 5 The next day on April 20th the weather is still OK , however the sun rays don’t have the strength of the day before and the colors are faded, the temperature is quite springy compared to the nearly summer of the day before, we give up on our plan to go to  Festo because this would mean  another full day trip on Crete curly roads and we are feeling tired so  we decide to enjoy the hotel's amenities and relaxing atmosphere.It's our last full day in this beautiful island.
Our hotel the Amirandes Grecotel - a true paradise - picture is copyright of www.howtogeneva.com

DAY 6 On Friday 21st the weather is even more uncertain and colder than the previous day, so we take it slowly and we leave at around lunch time from the Hotel , direction Chania where we will take a plane at  10 p.m. . The man at  Agios Nikolaos tourist office had suggested me  to visit Kournas Lake, which is not far from the main road , so we decide to have a stop there .The lake is smaller than I expected but definitely it’s quite unique , even if the grey sky prevents us from appreciating the blue shades and the transparency of the water  , that we saw in pictures and postcards.
To be honest , if it was summer time, I would not sacrifice a day at the sea to see this lake, but in this season I enjoy this visit very much , may be because of the pedalo (paddle boat) , the most popular  way to cruise this lake  and also because I had read that the lake is inhabited by a rare type of water turtles , so we decide to go for a turtles  photograph safari ....in Greece !
After 2 hours of paddling and exploration, we finally see a turtle and lots of giant red and white fishes, we enjoy the silence of the place, off the touristic tracks .
Our last day in Crete goes fast with a stop to eat in Chania in a place not worth remembering , and a visit to the beautiful monastery of Agia Triada, practically attached to Chania airport, the place is very impressive , it's peaceful and isolated , it's atmosphere is unreal , there is a nice museum and a shop that sells monks' products which unfortunately  we can’t buy because we can't transport liquids in our hand luggage .
Our unforgettable holiday is over now , on Monday we will be back at work , bye bye beloved Greece, we will be back soon!

Friday, 22 September 2017

How to enjoy FREE WI-FI on 43 Geneva buses

In case you don't know it yet , the great news is that since a couple of weeks it's possible to enjoy free WI-FI on 43 bus lines in Geneva area .
I tried it already and it works perfectly , just select the tpg free wifi network and communicate your mobile phone number , you will receive a code  to access.
I have read in an article in the Tribune de Geneve newspaper that each user has 2 hours of free connection /day ,which seems a very reasonable amount of time, taking into account the short commuting distanced.

 Go in the TPG website to see the list of Bus Lines equipped with such a great option , all equipped buses have very visible signs.
I personally tried it and very much enjoyed it on Buses number  10, 3, and 7 , which are teh ones I normally take , worth noticing  that Bus 10 is the Airport line.

Enjoy it!
copyright www.tpg.ch 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Come and enjoy Italy : BELLA ITALIA at Balexter Feb 27th -March 18th several free activities for adults and kids

Come and enjoy three weeks of free  events in Balexter , all of them around Italy. 
There are several very interesting workshops like lore example to learn how to make mozzarella, how to take pictures, how to cook typical Italian specialties and also how to dance Italian traditional local dances and much more.
Courses are for adults and for kids , detailed agenda  here
On March 18th at 5p.m.  an Opera play is also performed.
Worth a visit !

copyright camera di commercio Italiana a Ginevra