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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Longer days and warmer temperatures can only mean one thing: time to splash outdoors.
Canton Geneva pools are scheduled to open on 1 May.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – No week seems to go by without a film festival in town, here’s my ultimate guide to Geneva’s film festivals. Enjoy!
UPDATE: Supposedly the horse fell from one of the straps and ended up “hanging from its neck” causing further controversy in Geneva. Although the gallery has not made mention of such incident, today 10 April Zabriskie Point has decided that the installation has “caused reactions of such violence that the team decided to remove the offending piece from its exhibit.”
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A horse, or to be more precise, a hanging horse, is making some Genevans a little bit uncomfortable.
Pedestrians walking by the Plainpalais area can freely view a taxidermic horse exhibited at The Zabriskie Point Gallery, suspended by leather slings from the ceiling.
The gallery is a small, glassed-in room located in the heart of the area.
The artists in charge of the exhibit, Maya Boesch and Régis Golay, say the display, called ”War Horse”, seeks to highlight the ever increasing “precariousness of the cultural world.”
The art space is well known for holding outdoor exhibit openings that mix guests and passersby.
The War Horse will be on display until the end of May.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Saint Paddy’s day is here and while no big parade or public party is planned, plenty of green beer will be served around pubs in Lake Geneva. Here’s our 2013 list:
- Charly O’Neills in Geneva – Weeklong celebration from 13 March to 17 March
- MAD Geneva hosts Jamie Clarke’s Perfect on 14 March
- Mulligan’s is hosting a St Patrick’s weekend from 15 to 17 March
- The Geneva Irish Association is hosting its traditional brunch/party on 16 March at the Warwick Hotel
- Grand-Saconnex is hosting a parade and open air fair on 16 March
- Mr. Pickwick’s hosts Rhythm & Reel Special on 17 March
- Geneve Casino du Lac is hosting a special soirée irlandaise on 17 March
- Terroirific wine bar is adding a Portuguese twist to the Irish tradition by serving green wine on St Paddy’s
Lausanne and around Lake Geneva
- Jamie Clarke’s Perfect performs an encore in Lausanne, 15 March at Base Bar
- In Lausanne, the King Size Pub hosts a four-day Irish festival beginning on 14 March
- In Lausanne, Captain Cook Pub celebrates with wigs and loads of green
- In Lausanne, the Great Escape has Guinness and beef and Guinness stew on the menu, 17 March
- In Vevey, Le Bout de Monde bar welcomes the Valais-based Celtic music group Anach Cuan on 17 March
- Celtic music and fun at the Fort L’Ecluse in neighbouring France on 16 March
Enjoy.. and if drinking, leave the driving to others.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – By now you must have gotten your guggen on, so it is only natural to follow up carnival with some typical Swiss foods eaten at the time. (See the full 2013 Swiss carnivals list).
Here’s a roundup of some of the season’s most popular foods and recipes, some of them in German:
- Zwiebelwähe or Swiss onion tart.
- Mehlsuppe or flour soup served during the “Morgestraich” in Basel, made from roasted flour, onions, butter and broth.
- Fastnachtschüechli, Beignets de Carnaval or powdered sugar fritters very popular in French-speaking cantons.
- Fastenwähe or caraway/cumin-seed sort of pretzel also popular in Basel.
- Schenkeli, Swiss deep-fried cookies served in the German-speaking region of Switzerland (link will redirect you to a video of a wonderful Swiss lady guiding you through each of the steps).
- Schlüferli, similar to a beignet but with a lemony flavor
- Fritschipastete/Chügelipastete or croustade à la lucernoise, a meat pie typical from Lucerne, made of veal and pork sausage and veal stew, served during carnival and on 2 January (see here an additional recipe from a well known local blogger in German).
- Risotto con luganighe or rissoles au sérac from canton Ticino. This Risotto makes use of local Ticinese sausages and saffron.
- Bacheschnitte or spiced honey cake from Appenzell served during carnival and early spring.
- Zigerkrapfen or sort-of fried doughnut filled with curd cheese from Zurich.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The 2013 carnaval season is upon us. Brace yourself for the never-ending brass band parades, Guggen (masked performers) and cow bells (no bikini-clad dancers here).
Although there is no Carnival in Geneva, a number of towns around Lake Geneva have scheduled carnivals for late February and early March, including a Venetian carnival in Annecy.
The Basel Fasnacht is billed as the largest in Switzerland, starting at 04:00 the Monday after Ash Wednesday and lasting “exactly 72 hours”. Read GenevaLunch’s ultimate survival guide before heading to Basel (you’ll need it).
Here is the ultimate 2013 carnival, carnevale, carnaval, karneval or fasnacht list: get your Guggen on!
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Geneva public transportation system TPG announced new schedules and bus lines in the canton:
- As of 18 February, a new bus line (codenamed “M”) will connect Collonges-sous-Salève and Saint-Julien, France
- The M line will connect with bus line 44 (Carouge – Croix-de-Rozon) and the D bus in Saint-Julien
- As of 4 February, lines 11, 18, 57, D and Dn have altered their timetables to accomodate construction schedules
- Next week – 11 to 15 February – the Geneva public schools go on their mid-winter break, which means reduced service, therefore check the schedules
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It’s mid-winter, time to stray-off the beaten path, time to “blur the boundaries between art forms, and open up new artistic horizons”, at least that is how the Antigel arts festival describes its programme.
The prime Geneva alternative festival seeks to bring the performing arts onto alternative stages: hammams, top of buildings, under bridges, bus depots, vineyards and construction sites – to name but a few - in 20 communes in the canton.
The festival can only be described as alternative Geneva at its best.
Shows for everyone, including families with kids.
Yearly from late January to early February.
Hurry, the 2013 season ends 10 February.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – After first introducing it in 2012, Swiss television broadcaster RTS will be televising live the 49th Superbowl game – American football’s seminal contest - between the Ravens and 49ers. It will then re-broadcast it on Monday 4 February at 12:00 on RTS Deux.