It’s the weekend! Skis, puppies, shopping, books

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Five shopping days left, ski slopes opening GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The weekend is here, the last one before Christmas, and shopping madness is about to begin. Many stores are open late tonight and some shops are open Sunday, but not everyone will be out buying: ski slopes are opening. A quick reminder: if you haven’t […]

Christmas deadlines from Swiss Post


BERN, SWITZERLAND – Still trying to send letters and packages off before Christmas – hoping they might arrive on time? Swiss Post says that thanks to online sales, it is expecting the largest amount of holiday mail ever this year. Here are some of the deadlines from Swiss Post: In Switzerland – Swiss-Express “Lune” for […]

Google, Swiss rail boost Zurich’s Europpallee

Crowds for after-hours drinks and dinner are likely to swell as Google moves into Europaallee in Zurich

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The trendy shops and eateries near Zurich’s main train station, in the Europaallee district, will soon get a boost from a new batch of Google employees. The SBB/CFF rail company and Google have signed a contract, with the tech company leasing all remaining office and services space in the district. The move […]

What Switzerland googled this year

A small office space for private meetings, Google Zurich

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – By December we forget what seemed to matter so much in January; Google has just handed us a reminder, with its annual list of most-googled topics for the year. In Switzerland, by category, we asked about: General requests 1. World Cup 2014 2. iPhone 6 3. Michael Schumacher 4. Robin Williams 5. […]

JPEG on the beautiful future of images

Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL professor and president of JPEG (photo, ©2014 Alain Herzog/EFPL)

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Touradj Ebrahimi, professor at EPFL in Lausanne, has just been named president of JPEG – that’s right, it’s an organization, not just a photo format. Photographers and designers are so familiar with JPEG (aka JPG), the world’s most popular image format, that we’re likely to forget there is an organization – and […]

It’s the Escalade! Watch out for pedestrians


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The annual Escalade parade, with 1,000 people taking part, is Friday 12 December from 09:00-13:00. Police in Geneva are warning drivers about possible traffic jams and rerouting; they should be on the lookout for traffic wardens giving directions. The Escalade is Geneva’s commemoration of the day in 1602 when citizens pushed back […]

Jetskis, French court says ok for Lake Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A French court in Lyons has backed a jetski fan’s efforts to see them approved for use on Lake Geneva, but the new judicial announcement is prompting a strong reaction, reports RTS. Jetskis have been illegal on the lake, banned in 1989, but a man in Chablais has been fighting to have […]

What’s on this weekend

Christmas markets, like this one in Bern, are underway in most Swiss cities now. Wrap up, pick up a cup of mulled wine or hot chestnuts and start shopping!

Weather forecast: first Alpine snow down to 500-600 metres GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you’re considering heading for Valais this weekend, think about winter tires, as light snow is expected down to 500 or 600 metres. Temperatures throughout western Switzerland will hover around freezing for the next five days, with little sunshine expected, says MeteoSwiss. Escalade […]

Taking a news break

Dear readers, taking a 2-day break after eye surgery today – computer ban. Back next week! Nevertheless, I will be signing books, Vineglorious! Switzerland’s Wondrous World of Wines, 6 December, Saturday 11-12:30 at Payot in Nyon, at the Migros centre near the train station. A couple ofstories you should be following: Traffic alert, Rolle to […]

Twice the price for a Swiss sunset

Sothebys Vallotton sale

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – ‘Soleil couchant dans la brume” (Sun setting in the mist), painted in 1911 by Swiss artist Félix Vallotton, sold by Sotheby‘s  in Zurich Tuesday evening for twice the lower end of its estimated price, and well over the top: CHF1.8 million. It was earlier estimated at CHF900,000 to 1.2 million. The vivid […]