A lot cookin’ this weekend (besides you)


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Hot, hot and hotter – again. MeteoSwiss today issued a series of new heat wave warnings for the plains in the west and much of the Alps, with temperatures expected to stay well above 30C for most of the coming week. Late Friday and Sunday we might have a bit of rain […]

Hot time in the city – and country

Blues Festival in Sierre

Sizzling weekend in the region, heat to return GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sports and music coloured the weekend for many people, but the past few days have also seen a curious string of crimes as the hot, hot summer carries on, little relief in site. Weather forecast More of the same, says MeteoSwiss, with a few […]

News roundup: lakes and heat, A9 open, sports, weather

Swiss flight doing a u-turn over the centre of Lausanne late Wednesday 8 July, to head towards Geneva airport

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Catching up after a wine work trip to Greece and a one-day visit to the Expo 2015 in Milan. First, the weather forecast, since that has an impact on so many of our decisions at the moment. Heat wave: no relief in sight The heat wave continues, albeit not as dramatically as […]

Geneva Lake Parade = Water bottle, sunscreen and cheap buses

The Lake Parade had a bit of fun for everyone - Photo NicolasM190 at tilllate.com

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Geneva Lake Parade starts at 16:00 Saturday 4 July, with no shortage of sunshine, and plenty of heat. Police in the city are warning party-goers to be careful because of the heat – drink plenty of water and pay attention to the kind of excesses that lead to dehydration. Geneva is […]

Paleo schedule out, special trains for Montreux

Lake Geneva region gears up for a summer of music GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Paleo music festival has released the timetable for its concerts and other events: they are available online and with the festival’s app. The festival runs from 20 tdo 26 July; the ticket market for selling and swapping is open until 12 […]

Heat wave to last into next week

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The heat wave that has been broiling Spain and Portugal moved into Switzerland Wednesday, bringing temperatures well above 30 on the plain. Highs of 34 are predicted for the weekend even in the mountains. The national weather service extended the level 4 danger alert for heat to eastern Switzerland this morning, after […]

Longest day, finest weather served up

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Summer is here! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sunday 21 June is the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, and the weather forecasters are promising us some fine weather to enjoy it. Ticino will have solid sunshine and 25C, while in French-speaking Switzerland we’ll have a mix of sunshine, some cloud cover and a few […]

Art Basel opens, with art for investing still hot

Art Basel, Parcours 2015: Edwin van der Heide
LSP – Münsterplatz, 2015, Courtesy the artist and HeK

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Art as an investment tool is having a good year, if big auction house sales are anything to go by, and Art Basel is set to confirm that modern and contemporary art are part of the game. But the 90,000+ people attending will include scores of art-lovers whose pocketbooks are not as […]

News roundup: Cern, murder, gorillas, hockey kids

Mother gorilla Joas and baby, 21 May 2015 in Basel (photo: Basel Zoo)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Catching up after a bout of the flu picked up in Portugal; join me for my news roundup: Cern still has time for physics awe Cern made world headlines at the end of last week with its latest LHC news: the first particle-particle collisions at the new speed, an essential step as […]

Rare “pigeon blood” ruby goes for CHF28.25m

Ruby sold at Sotheby's for CHF28.5 million, in Geneva 12 May 2015 (photo, copyright 2015 Sotheby's)

Precious jewels market holding  up well, Sotheby’s sale shows GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “Pigeon blood” red was the description for an extremely rare ruby whose sale startled the precious jewelry auction public in Geneva Tuesday night. Estimated at CHF11.7 to CHF17.5 million, the spectacular 25.59 carat Burmese “Sunrise Ruby” went for an extraordinary CHF28.5 million. The […]