Saturday, 30 January 2016

Let's TROC -The Italian Parents in Geneva TROC on February 6th from 10.30 a.m. till 4p.m. at Avanchets Balexter

I love TROC's  and I talked about them in a  couple of my previous posts. I like walking among stalls looking for nice bargains (great clothes and toys at very inexpensive prices)  and I also love chatting with the sellers who , most of the times,  are mothers  like me.
This TROC is organized by the Gruppo Genitori per la Cultura e Lingua Italiana a Ginevra , it will take place on Saturday Feb 6th in the Salle des Fetes d'Avanchet- Saleve in Avanchets close to Balexter. I'll be both a buyer and a seller , looking forward to see you there !! If you wish to sell, please contact the association .

Friday, 29 January 2016

How to discover Italy - Saint Orso WOOD CRAFT FAIR in Aosta on January 30th and 31st

typical sabot
The origins of the Saint Orso Fair  belong to the Middle Ages when Saint Orso ,an Irish monk who lived in the valley, used to donate wooden shoes (called sabots) to the pilgrims of the Aosta Valley  to protect their feet from the snow and from the cold weather.
This Fair is now the most important one in the Valle D'Aosta Region, it hosts more than 1000  exhibitors that come and sell their beautiful wooden art crafts along all the streets of the Aosta city center. This beautiful Fair  also offers the opportunity to listen traditional musics and to taste the local food and the very famous local white wines .This year the  Fair takes place on January 30th and 31st ;to note that as per the tradition, songs and dances go on the entire night on January 30th until dawn , during the night free hot wine "vin chaud" is offered to the visitors.
At the Fair you will also have the possibility to buy the tipical Valle D'Aosta friendship cups "coppa dell'amicizia", that people wrongly call "Grolla" ,in reality Grolla is a different type of cup.
The friendship cup is a typical wooden vessel with cover and several nozzles that is used to drink the Valle D'Aosta coffee with friends, the cup is passed by friends sitting around the table and each of them drinks a a bit of coffee from the nozzle and then passes it to the next one, the cup can only be placed on the table when its content has been entirely consumed.
The Valel D'Aosta coffee is a blend of coffee and local spirits, brandy, sugar, cinnamon,cloves and oranges.

The best Carnival in Geneva - CARNIVAL AUX BAINS de Paquis with giant jacuzzi bath

This morning I saw on the street the poster of the Carnival at the Bains de Paquis and I thought it was so nice that I decided to write today this post about the event, even if the Carnival will take place in 2 weeks time .
I love the Bains de Paquis and their atmosphere , and I think that their Carnival event is very unique, definitively worth going if you are in town , especially if you have kids.
The event starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday February 13th in the Place de la navigation in Paquis, , from there the procession with "Snowman Winter "goes to the Bains de Paquis where the giant Jacuzzi will be open to the public.
The day continues with games and entertainments for kids until when the "Snowman Winter" (Bon-homme hiver) is burned , this officially opens the Carnival .
At 8 p.m. the fireworks start and the night celebrations end at 12p.m. !

For cats lovers: International CATSHOW in Geneva La Praille on on Jan 30th and 31st

Open to the public from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. and easily accessible in the La Praille event center,, it's a great opportunity for all who love animals and cats in particular.
Full program available here  

© 2016 Société Féline Genevoise

Sunday, 24 January 2016

TODAY : Come and see more than 750 farm ANIMALS in Carouge !!

This week end the central"Place de La Sardaigne square in Carouge turns into a mega "zoo" for more than 750 animals : chickens, rabbits, pigeons,ducks, geese and pheasants  in a great animals parade.
Not to miss if you have kids!

© 2013 - Basse-cour Carougeoise

Check the program here

pictures of the animals expo in Carouge, ending today.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

How to enjoy night skiing in Manigold -Haute Savoie- 1hr driving from Geneva

Manigold is a very nice village and ski resort, in the direction of Annecy, 1 hr driving from Geneva
This place has the largest night ski area in nearby France.
Skiing at night, until 9.30 p.m. it's possible every Friday and Saturday and every day (but on Sunday) from Feb 5th till March 5th, during French school holidays
Prices start at 16.30 Euro, there are 7 slopes open for night skiing , worth experiencing!

Monday, 11 January 2016

Snowshoeing night walk in La Faucille -Pays de Gex on Saturday January 16th at 6 p.m.

This magic night walk is planned by the Gex Tourist Office this Saturday January 16th, your guide will be a very expert mountain guide , Carol, Cheneval, spoken language is French.
The Meeting point is in front of the ski pass office in Col de La Faucille.
The walk lasts 2 hours, it has medium difficulty level and it's open to adults and children older than 10 years, it costs 20 Euro/person , families (2 adults +1 child) pay 55Euro, families (2 adults + 2 children) pay 70 Euro. A small snack is included.

Enrolment is required ,to enroll, please contact :
Tel: 04 50 41 53 85
Col de la Faucille

Saturday, 9 January 2016

How to fly at 100km/hr and 140mt high -FANTASTICABLE -in Chatel Ski resort -France 1.5 hrs driving from Geneva

The Ski resort of Chatel, about 70 km from Geneva in the area of the Porte Du Soleil ,offers this unique experience: to fly  at100Km/hr speed and 140mt-240mt  high!!!
If you like  amazing  experiences and "strong" emotions, then you should definitively try it.

It's possible to fly alone and in couple, the length of the flight is 1.2 km , costs of a ride starts at 25 Euro
All info at +33450813483 email :

The 5 Best 2016 CARNIVAL EVENTS in SWITZERLAND at driving distance from Geneva

I love carnival and its atmosphere , and I have written about the Carnival of Venice and the one of Annecy in two of my other posts.
This post is again about Carnival and about the different festivals that take place in Switzerland through February and March 2015.

Here below the list of my Top 5 favorite Carnivals events  :

The Carnaval de Bale in Basel, at 3 hours driving from Geneva is my favorite one for its unique and fascinating atmosphere. This carnival starts at 4 a.m. sharp on Feb 15th at 4 a.m  and lasts exactly 72 hours till 4 a.m. on February 17th , during this period the city center is literally full of masks, music, parties, a very unique atmosphere to enjoy by just walking without a precise destination , just following the crowd. This carnival is very unique compared to the others, the most famous events are the lanterns night procession, with 200 big lantern caricaturing local topics,which can be considered the largest open air art exhibition, and the two parades on Monday and Wednesday with more than 10000 people in costume who distribute confetti, mimosa flowers and other small gifts to the visitors.

The Carnaval de Monthey takes place from February 4th till February 9th. Monthey is a village in Valais  at about 2 hours driving from Geneva ,the carnival lasts 6 full days; it's program is full of different activities ,many of them are for children, especially on Saturday and on Tuesday . The most important and famous event is the huge masks parade that takes place on Sunday February 15th , it is followed by the launch of "confetti".
The Carnaval de Sion takes place in Sion at about 2 hours driving from Geneve from February 4th till February 9tth , a full 6 days celebration with several different parades that take place at days andnights, including some special ones for kids and the famous  horses parade on Sunday at 2p.m. 

The Carnival (Brandons)  de Moudon takes place in Moudon , not far away from Lausanne, at less than 1 hour driving from Geneva from March 3rd till March 6th , the theme  of the carnival this year is "Safary"  and there are many very characteristic parades that take place there for adults and children.Worth mentioning the children parade on Saturday at 3.30p.m. and the opening cerimony when torches enlighten the entire city .

The Carnival de Payerne takes place in Payerne, at a bit more than 1 hour driving from Geneva  from February 12th till February 15th , this is one of the oldest carnivals in Switzerland , also here 3 full days of events , musics and big parades , including the children parade
Carnival de Payerne

Thursday, 7 January 2016

FETE DE LUMIERES -Lights Festival in Morat -2 hrs driving from Geneva from January 13th till January 24th -daily from 6p.m.till 10 p.m.

I love the lights Festivals so I wanted to make you aware about the first edition of this great event that will take place in Morat-Murten in the canton of Friburg from Jan 13th till Jan 24th .
In this period, every day from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m. the beautiful village of Morat will be lightened by thousands of lights and music based shows , many of these will be floating on the lakeside.

All events are free and people can buy online their own floating lantern (6 CHF) and write on it a  personal message that will travel on the lake!

Free Skipass for Women this Saturday January 9th in Combloux -Megeve

Great offer this Saturday in Combloux -Megeve , all Women will ski  for FREE !!
To get this offer you have to register in internet , via this website