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Living in Geneva

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A June 2001 trip to Geneva by xine

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Living in Geneva

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Overview

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Take a stroll along Lake Geneva and see the Jet d'eau. Listen to over 200 bands play at the Fete de la Musique (Music festival) that takes place at the end of June. Take the number 12 or 13 bus/tram into Carouge and check out the little boutiques in this bohemian town. Sunbathe at the Paquis. Go bar hopping in the Old Town. Quick Tips: Stores here tend to be open from 9am-6pm with extended hours on Thursday until about 8pm, and are closed on Sunday. Stores tend to be crowded on Saturday since everyone is stocking up for the week. Eating out is fairly expensive in Geneva so if you want to save money, buy your groceries at Migros, Coop or EPA. Or ...Read More

L'Accueil

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Hotel

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This is an all-women's dormitory located near the Cantonal Hospital. While it's supposed to be a "residence pour jeunes filles" (residence for young women), over half of the occupants are over 25, and I've seen my fair share of grandmothers waddling around. Rooms are very basic with a desk (with a small drawer that you can lock your valuables in), twin bed, bookshelf and small table in one part of the room, and a sink, bidet (who would've thought?!), closet and cupboard space in the other half. Showers and toilets are on each floor. There are facilities for cooking and ironing, a laundry room, public telephones, cold drink machine, a breakfast room which doubles as a common room/TV room and a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

L'Accueil
8 Rue Alcide-Jentzer
Geneva, Switzerland
(41) 22 320 9277

L'Opera Bouffe

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Restaurant

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A bistro/cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating, L'Opera Bouffe is straight out of a scene from Bizet's "Carmen". The lights are just dim enough to make it romantic dinner if you want it to be, but light enough for it to feel comfortable if you're just there with a friend. The menu is small with about 5 choices for appetizers, 5 entrees (one dish each: vegetarian, chicken, fish, lamb, beef) and 11 desserts-- now that's my kind of restaurant! The menu changes seasonally. I started with the salmon carpaccio which was out of this world. It was flavored with a hint of lemon and topped with thin slices of cheese. Each sumptuous bite melted in my mouth. One of my friends had the cour...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2001

L'Opera Bouffe
av. de Frontenex 5
Geneva, Switzerland
(022) 736 63 00

Relais de L'Entrecôte

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Restaurant | "Le Relais de L'entrocôte"

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No worries deciding what to eat here as there's only one option on the menu - salad and steak frites. The salad is basic - greens with walnuts and tangy dressing, but it's quite refreshing. As soon as you finish your salad, the waitperson will bring you a salad-sized plate with the main course - steak and crisp, golden fries. When you look down at , you think, I paid 36 Sfr for this? It's so small! But after cutting into the steak and taking a small bite, you'll realize that you're getting your money's worth. The meat is so tender and melts in your mouth. Fries are thinly sliced and freshly fried to perfection. And trust me, even if you're feeling full, you won't want to resist the seconds th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 21, 2001

Relais de L'Entrecôte
49, rue du Rhône
Geneva, Switzerland 1204
+41 22 310 60 04

Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle

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Attraction | "Museum of Natural History"

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This is the place to go if you're into moth-eaten stuffed animals or if you have kids who are fascinated by animal displays. I wasn't terribly impressed with this museum and did a quick tour of the floors to see what it had to offer (which wasn't much). Mammals and birds are on the first two floors, but then there are also displays of various mollusks and water creatures. There was also a dinosaur skeleton (although I'm not even sure it was real) on the 3rd floor. The natural history museum also has a collection of minerals and a special display on the top floor of rocks, minerals, etc. relevant to Switzerland. There is currently a special exhibit on Mars going on, but after touring the rest...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle
1, route de Malagnou
Geneva, Switzerland 1208
+41 22 418 63 00

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The Musee de l'Horlogerie et de l'Emaillerie is housed in a quaint little green house next to the Museum of Natural History. I actually enjoyed this little museum and learned a few things about watches/clocks while I was there. There are collections of clocks and watches as well as a room on the second floor that displays miniatures. In the olden days, it was impolite to look at the time in front of others so they created a pocket watch that had a little needle that poked you the number of times it was to indicate the hour. How clever! Entrance is free. Open 10am to 5pm, Wednesdy to Monday. Displays on the first floor on in French, but there are a few English explanations on the sec...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

Horology Museum - Musee de l'Horlogerie et de l'Emaillerie
15 Route de Malagnou
Geneva, Switzerland

Fete De La Musique

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Attraction

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During the yearly Fete de la Musique that occurs every year for 4 days in July, hundreds of bands play at makeshift stages all over town. Vendors of all different nationalities selling clothing, jewelry, artwork and other trinkets display their wares all over the Old Town and in tents all through the night. (Most were still open at 2 am when I left!) This is also a good chance to sample international cuisine -- kebabs, samosas, curry, Vietnamese egg rolls-- whatever you're in the mood for, you're sure to find it. The music festival kicked off on Thursday night at Place Nueve. We listened to a Serbian band play, but it was so crowded we couldn't actually see them. People had climbed to the t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

Fete De La Musique
All over town, June 21-24, 2001
Geneva, Switzerland

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

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Attraction | "Museum of Art and History"

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The Museum of Art & History is perhaps the most famous museum in Geneva. It has over 500,000 paintings, sculptures and archaeological items, but the museum itself is not that large. The first floor contains contains the Fine Arts collection with paintings by Conrad Witz, Corot, Jean-Etienne Liotard, Calame, Diday, Agasse, Valloton and others. Some rooms are dedicated to specific painters. Room 411, 426 and 420 house the works of Ferdinand Hodler, Room 412 contains Valloton, 426 Cezanne and Renoir, and 413 has a wonderful collection of Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Pissaro and Renoir. The upper ground floor houses the applied arts and has temporary exhibitions, silveware and pewterware and pa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2001

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
2 Rue Charles-Galland
Geneva, Switzerland 1204
+41 22 418 34 12

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

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Attraction | "International Rec Cross & Red Crescent Museum"

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As a student of human rights and humanitarian affairs, I really enjoyed visiting the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and would encourage anyone interested in such issues to visit the museum. Even if you don't know much about humanitarian affairs, you're bound to learn a lot by the end of your visit. The subject matter is a bit depressing, but I found the visit quite informative and thought-provoking even though it's not exactly an up-lifting experience. I spent about 2 hours at the museum, but you could easily spend more time if you watch every single video. There was also a concert right outside the entrance the day I was there. The museum is divided into eleven ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2001

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
17 Avenue De La Paix
Geneva, Switzerland 1202
022 748 95 11

Alhambar

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Attraction

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The Alhambar is one of my favorite bars to go to in Geneva. It's a great place to grab a drink after work and during the weekends. There's a DJ playing music and the velvet couches are comfy if you can get a seat. On the weekends, it gets quite crowded (some guy burned me with his cigarette!) and the guy to girl ratio is along the lines of at least 5:1. If you stick with the beer on tap, you won't go broke - Kronenberg, a French beer, is pretty good and only Sfr 3.5. Mixed drinks can get quite pricey though, but I recommend getting the strawberry daquiri with vodka. It's very fruity and refreshing. If you don't like the taste of alcohol, definitely go with the vodka as the strawberry daquir ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2001

Alhambar
10 Rue de la Rotisserie
Geneva, Switzerland

American Library

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If you're living in Geneva and craving English-language books, you might want to consider getting a membership at the American Libary. Located inside a church at 3 rue de Monthoux, the American Library has a collection of over 20,000 English books. It's staffed by volunteers so in order to borrow books, you need to get a membership. Family, single and student memberships are available for 6 months and 1 year. A 6 month student membership is Sfr 40, 1 year Sfr 60; 6 month single member is Sfr 65, 1 year Sfr 90; 2 family members 6 months Sfr 75, 1 year Sfr 105, and a family membership which included dependent children and au pair is Sfr 85 for 6 months, Sfr 130 for a year. A one month membership is S...Read More