And the good news is sunshine!

Walk in the Lavaux vineyards or catch music under the Luna tent or hockey on the ice rink in Geneva - head out this weekend!

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The holidays are gradually drawing to a close, with children in Vaud and Geneva heading back to school Monday and international schools slated to start a week later. The final weekend of summer freedom for some people will be cool and mostly sunny – good weather for doing just about anything! Temperatures […]

Off the Shelf absorbed by Payot in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s English-language bookstore for the past 11 years, Off the Shelf, will move to Payot Chantepoulet near the train station 1 September, the former has announced. Stock at the store will be absorbed by Payot’s international department, which already has a sizeable English-language collection, and some staff will move to the larger […]

Monkey, man and copyright: the debate in Geneva

"Macaca nigra self-portrait full body" by Self-portrait by the depicted Macaca nigra female - Daily Mail. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons -

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – One of the most surprising digital debates of the moment is the case of photographer David Slater and a photo taken by a Macaca monkey, which became an online hit thanks to Wikimedia. Geneva-based IP Watch carries a wonderful review of the legal issues, by two lawyers, who don’t […]

Geneva: gale warnings, Zurich: steady rain

Zurich rooftops, Seefeld area, steady rain falling

Weather forecast everywhere is damp, damp, damp GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The weather forecasters are handing us a package of rain and more rain for the rest of the week and through the weekend. Zurich’s European Athletics Championships are getting a drenching and MeteoSwiss has just issued gale warnings (winds under 100kph) for Geneva, but not […]

Russians uninvited: Swiss air show


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss air force is not inviting Russian pilots to fly their planes in AIR14, the hugely popular air show in Payerne that takes place over two weekends in August. A team of Russian Knights pilots were expected to take part, flying Su-27 military planes, but in the current climate, says the […]

Super moon offers bright spot during damp summer

Supermoon over Turtmann and St Luc, canton Valais

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The super moon (perigee) that appeared Sunday to Monday night before a fresh pack of rain clouds hid it, was one of those that appears larger than usual because the Earth and the moon are closer together. The moon was 357,000 kilometres away last night, compared to the more normal 384,400 km, […]

Fêtes de Genève, weather lows, fireworks highs

Fetes de geneve fireworks

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Yet another weather casualty: the Fêtes de Genève had half as many people as in 2013, the organizers said Sunday. One million visitors to the weeks-long summer festival drew to a close Sunday 10 August. The shortfall wasn’t particularly a problem for the city itself, which aims mainly to create a welcoming, […]

News roundup: damp days, fireworks, festivals, runners


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Fêtes de Genève/Geneva Festival is in full swing, with sunshine back on the agenda. If you haven’t yet visited the Luminarium, be sure to do so – walk through a bit of pure magic with light and colour. The big fireworks display is Saturday 9 August at 22:00, with a theme […]

Some sun promised for 1 August holiday

Fetes de geneve fireworks

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The national weather service is promising a sky without rain for this evening and tomorrow, in most parts of Switzerland. Fireworks are a popular part of the First of August national Swiss holiday, and there now appears to be a better chance they’ll work, without the steady rain of the past couple […]

100 extra trains for Zurich’s Street Parade

Inland – Street Parade 2012 (Matthias Keller/Amiado Online AG)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Zurich mean party-time next weekend, with the national First of August celebrations followed the day after by the city’s hugely popular Street Parade, a giant dance and techno fête. The CFF/SBB rail company is adding 100 trains 2 August to carry the crowds. Extra trains will leave for Zurich during the afternoon […]