GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A somewhat gloomy weekend lies ahead, with chilly, damp weather improving only slightly and briefly in some parts of Switzerland. The possibility of rain, 80% Friday, will fall to 60% for the rest of the weekend.
Autumn colours are holding and hiking trails are a good option – but wear a waterproof jacket if you’re outdoors.
This weekend the Swiss are voting. Many voters send in their ballots ahead, so you won’t see much action in the communes.
Instead, you’re likely to see runners everywhere, with just one week left to train for the Lausanne Marathon. Note that during the marathon, 24-25 October, several roads and streets around Lausanne and Ouchy will be closed.
Other dates to note on your calendar – also check the wine calendar at ellenwine.com.
Brazilian samba jazz with a legend this weekend
Raul de Souza 18 October: part of a new series organized by a group of friends, young musicians in Geneva, Concerts de la Madeleine.
Brazilian samba jazz, legendary trombone and quintet – chase away the in-between-seasons blues!
Art and more art in Valais
Two great art exhibitions in Valais will soon be closing, so note their dates: “Homme Blanc, Homme Noir” at the Pierre Arnaud centre in Lens, next to Crans-Montana, closes 25 October. For anyone with an interest in Africa it is a wonderful treasure chest of art that shows how others have depicted Africa, but also how African artists have depicted the rest of the world. Prepare for wonderful humour! The new art centre is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of Switzerland’s best, with very well curated exhibits. Guided visit Wednesday event is well worth it if you are in the area.
You have a little more time, until 22 November, to visit “Matisse en son temps”, an excellent show that compares the work of the French artist and several of his contemporaries. At the Pierre Giannada Foundation in Martigny (consider staying or dining at the very new Martigny-Boutique Hotel; see my review).
Treasure or trinket? Take your family treasures
Lausanne International and Arts Fair, Sunday 1 November from 11:00-17:00 at MCH Beaulieu in the centre of Lausanne. This is the 9th year of this major fair for expatriates and others, organized by Léman Events.
Their press release notes that the fair will:
“open its doors to the public from 11h-17h with free entrance. This annual event, with over 100 exhibitors and about 2,000 visitors, offers a large scale of products and services in English. Specialists from Bonhams Auction House Geneva will organize during the fair free valuations of art and jewellery items. World Radio Switzerland will broadcast live [11:00-12:00]”
The Lausanne Beau-Rivage offers free champagne at the fair, there is a tombola and much more. Parking available.
MCH Beaulieu, Hall 2, Rue du Bergière Lausanne
Swiss wine book, author signing at Leman fair
Note that I will be at stand 77 at the 1 November Leman International and Art Fair, selling and autographing my book on Swiss wines. It’s a timeless book, the first in English in 20 years and more than 1,000 have been sold since it came out in September 2014 (Vineglorious! Switzerland’s Wondrous World of Wines).
Come along and leaf through a sample copy, consider it for your next gift, with the holidays around the corner.
Milan Expo, just two more weeks
You still have two weeks to take in the 2015 Milan Expo, with good bargain travel prices from the SBB/CFF. Plan to spend at least one day; two is better, with time to see a bit of the nearby city, since the Expo is on the outskirts. The exhibition is a mix of entertainment and education, and you’ll find you learn more about food, from production to consumption, than you expect. The Swiss Pavilion is a must, with its exhibits that bring home how we need to use food resources carefully. The Italian one is colourful, informative and visually very fun. Others I would recommend: Colombia and France.
Prices range from CHF21 from Zurich (Supersaver deal) to roughly CHF105 for a day train ticket from Geneva with a half-fare card, admission included. You need to reserve a seat, but with 2,000 extra seats added by the rail company during the expo, trains are busy but everyone is seated. Take the train that arrives at 10:00 and you’ll miss the early entry crowds and the lines are very short.
A sampling of what you’ll see, from my visit in July (shorts weather is probably finished).