Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Children Only Cinema La Lanterne Magique - 9 movies for 40CHF - age 6-12 years

I personally love La Lanterne magique , a special CineClub concept that enables  all children from 6 to 12 years to discover 9 films a year (once a month) , at the  very cheap price of 40 CHF/year. La Lanterne Magique films can be seen in Pathe’ Balexter or in Pathe’ Rialto Cinemas, films sessions takes place on Saturdays at 10 a.m. or at 12 p.m. and normally last two hours .

Only children are allowed to enter so parents bring them to the entry and come back to pick them up at the end of the movies. All films in the program have education purposes so don’t expect to find the latest movies , this is more like a Cineclub , movies are very well selected and children love it.
A few days before each session, children receive at home an illustrated small book that presents them the film and explain the key messages the film brings, before the projection animators explain the film as well in an interactive way.
You can enroll and pay on line or do it in Balexter or in Migros cultural center in rue du Prince .

Thursday, 25 December 2014

How to enjoy FONDUE , my 10 favourite FONDUE Places in Geneva

One of Swiss' most famous dishes is Fondue and I like to eat it from time to time, especially with many friends and during winter , accompanied with "viande sechee "  and boiled potatoes.
Below a list of my 10 favorite Fondue Places in Geneva

The Cafe du Soleil in Petit Sacconex is one of the most ancient restaurants in Geneva , in fact it has been founded 400 years ago. It's a simple and picturesque place with a nice large terrace taht it's lovely in summer; it's quite famous in Geneva and it's always crowded of local and international people. It's open 7 days a week and the fondue prices start at  23.4 CHF

Chateau D'If  in Vesenaz , it's my favorite place ,they are specialized in fondue and have several different excellent fondue types in their menu, price starts at 26 CHF . The place is quite basic but it has two large very nice terraces to eat outside when weather allows.It is open 7 days a week

Les Armures this is one of the most famous typical ancient restaurants in Geneva, they serve some good fondues too, although this is a very touristic place, nevertheless I think it's worth a visit because of its outstanding location right in the heart of the old town and of its very charming antique rooms decoration .It's open 7 days a week, fondue price starts at 26 CHF.


Restaurant Edelweiss it's the restaurant of the Manotel Edelweiss in Paquis area close to train station ; I think that like Les Armures this place is worth a visit because of it's unique decoration and of its atmosphere in Alpine Style wooden chalet , you might find it either too kitsch or very charming , I personally like to take my foreign friends there because it gives them a taste of the traditional Switzerland. Live Folk Traditional Music entertains guests every evening,reservation required.

Le Gruyerien , there are two restaurants one in Chene Bougeries and the other in Plainpalais , and these places are the best combination between beauty of the environment and quality of fondue . Worth trying ! The restaurants are closed at lunch on Sundays and on Mondays.  

Les Bains de Paquis , very basic restaurant in an exceptional location directly on the lake , the fondue costs 23 CHF , the place is open from 6 p.m. till 10.30 p.m. reservation is required.

Le Vieux Carouge in Carouge has excellent fondues that starts at 24 CHF , it is closed on Sundays and on Mondays

La Coulouvreniere  in the city center close to the river , it another simple place where fondue is worth to be tasted , this small restaurant is outside the tourists' radar screen and really worth trying !

Cafe Bon Vins in Eaux Vives serves excellent fondues in a simple Swiss  picturesque environment 

The new Fondue Manor Restaurant  in the attic of Manor Cornavin Department Stores, I talked about it in one of my previous posts. I wouldn't say that the fondue is superbe, however the place is very nice and very convenient for a stop during shopping. In addition they have the Fondue Happy Hour every Thursday in January as of January 6th from 6 till 7 p.m.

Make your WISH and hang it on THE WISH TREE in the Botanic Garden in Geneva till February 15th 2015

 The wish tree is a symbolic tree at the entrance of the Botanic Garden  in Geneva and is there to host your wishes of any type and directed to whomever, till Mid February 2015 .
You can come and make a private wish, write it and mail it  in the wish box close by the tree , or write your public wish on a ribbon and hang it  to the tissue stripes attached to the branches of the tree.Paper and ribbons are available for all those who want to make a wish

The wish tree is colorful and enlightened at night , you can come and make as many wishes as you want every day from 9.30 a.m. till 5 p.m. till February 15th 2015 .
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Monday, 15 December 2014

How enjoy FONDUE with Mont Blanc View - Manor Geneva new Restaurant - HAPPY HOUR (2 for 1) on Thursdays as of Dec 29th

This post is to highlight the brand new MANOR FONDUE Rrestaurant in the top floor terrace in Manor Cornavin in Geneva , this place is separated from the traditional terrace of the Manora restaurant, basically the entrance is in the area of Apple in the department store.

The place is very pleasant,  with a nice Mountain Chalet atmosphere and the  very good prices of Manor.
From December 29th  till January  31st on Thursdays there is a great promotion: the HAPPY HOUR from 6 p.m. till 7 p.m. , if you order two fondues you pay just for 1 .
Worth trying , fondue is ok and view is simply beautiful.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

How to learn DOG SLEDDING at 1 hour from Geneva LUNGAIAK School in Jura for adults and kids

I have been living in Geneva since almost 11 years, however I have to admit that I didn't know about the LUNGAIAK  School , that is locate in the Jura at about 1 hr driving from Geneva offers the unique in a lifetime opportunity to adults and kids to learn the art of dogs sledding .
The school  offers a variety of program , including kids sessions during school holidays.
The programs are all centered on their beautiful dogs and take place during summer and winter, anyhow without a doubt the most fascinating discipline that they teach is the art of dog sledding in winter.
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There are several possibilities to learn this "sport" , the easiest one is to go on the sled guided by an instructor , the sessions  lasts from 30 minutes till half a day inside the beautiful Jura mountains Prices vary from 40 Euro/person for 30 minutes to 135 Euro/person for half a day , children have discounted prices.
The most complete and interesting course is the one where professional dog sledding instructors teach you how to lead the dog sled yourself, lessons and prices are different , one hours costs 80 Euro/person, a day costs 315 Euro/person.

This is an unique experience , worth trying! Important, lesson and courses have to be booked in advance, especially courses for kids and adults during school holidays ,all courses are fully booked till January 12th
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Friday, 5 December 2014

How to discover Switzerland - The CHEESE TRAIN from Dec 4th till April 30th

This post is for those of you  who want to spend a very special day before the ski season starts or who have friends/family coming from abroad to visit Switzerland or simply to the ones who love the fondue and the old charming trains.


The Cheese train is a full day excursion part of the Swiss Rail offer that takes place every week from Thursday to Sunday till April 30th, the old style train leaves Montreux at 10.30 in the morning and arrives after only one hour to the nice Ski resorts of Chateau D'Oex  in the Gruyere Region,  offering a spectacular view of the Alps that is very characteristic especially when snow is all around.
Once arrived in Chateau D'Oex ,visitors are taken to a very typical Chalet where they can directly experience the art of making cheese , they see live the transformation of 200 lt of milk in cheese, then  a delicious fondue lunch is served . The visit to a private museum that consists in an ancient wood carved mountain house completes the day, the train arrives in Montreux at about 5 p.m.
This excursion has a limited capacity of 36 places so it must be booked in advance. The  full day trip, all included ,costs 89 CHF for adults and 59 CHF for children from 6 till 16 years old, reductions apply if you have a train yearly pass, a daily pass or a Junior pass.

Monday, 1 December 2014

How to enjoy special offers for kids in LA PRAILLE, KID's Club - enrollment is FREE

A good friend of mine told me about LA PRAILLE KIDS CLUB  and I found this advice so cool that I wanted to share with all of you.
Kids Club La Praille is free of charge , it's for kids from 4 till 10 years old , the enrollment give access to  discounts , special events , gifts and so on.
Once a month the members of the receive a special surprise , this month it was a free entrance  for a movie in La Praille Cinema accompanied by an adult.
Once you enroll your kids they will offer a welcome kit with gifts and discounts.
Worth doing!!!
Important : enrollment cannot be done on line , you have to go to the information center at la Praille Ground floor ,  bring an identity document of your kid and fill a questionnaire.