Geneva, for me, is the kind of place, that no matter how many pictures or films you see that feature the city, you still won’t fully grasp how great of a place it is. The endless green areas, pops of history that are literally on the street & the countless amount of culture-filled opportunities they have. Perhaps whilst living in London, I’ve become complacent as I don’t really research all that my city actually offers.. anyway just being in Geneva for a few days, really showed me how great & inviting a city really can be.
When we arrived at the airport we grabbed a ticket and jumped on a short train ride to the city centre, from there we headed to Hotel N’vy to check in & drop our stuff; then we picked up our city transport card and were off. We had a tour of the city, seeing cool spots, like the Jet d’Eau, a fountain, that pumps around 500 litres of water a second.
**All transport for tourists is free btw, how convenient and awesome!**
Towards the evening we headed to Parc des Eaux Vives. As we were told it might rain, we didn’t have the intended outdoor picnic, but honestly that did not put a damper on anything. In between dinner courses, Ashanti and I, were discussing how we envisioned Geneva to be, based the fact that we thought it would be identical to Genovia, (which we know if fictional) from the Princess Diaries, I digress, the food was great but honestly the location was pretty magical, what with the copious amounts of flowers, view of the lake & later on, sunset.
- Buy a wine glass for five franc’s – Do Not loose it, as it’s essentially your ticket to get into everywhere, plus it’s what they serve your drinks in, obviously..
- Wonder around the open wineries, tasting their selection, accompanied but great food & lovely people.
- Get really into the community vibe, as the whole atmosphere is pretty friendly!
- Personally I’d suggest having a car with a designated driver, so that you can really travel deeper into the countryside to see some of the more rural vineyards. Biking it looked fun, but once you’ve had a few glasses of wine, I question, just how fun it would be..
- When it comes to food, try everything! It’s all SO good.
- I’d go to around 4-5 ‘wine’ stops; at each one you can hang out, take in the view, meet new people and of course drink wine & eat. You want to fully appreciate the stop, so spend time there.
- Always have a bottle of water, two reasons, you will end up drinking a lot of wine, but also the weather was quite hot in May, so keep hydrated folks!
- Lastly take loads of pictures on your first 2 stops, after that, put the camera away & really get into the fun that is, Caves Ouvertes.
As you know i’m trying to do as much filming as possible, so here is the one I shot with the help of Ashtanti..
Places in the video
I stayed at the.. Hotel N’vy
We had dinner on the first night at.. Restaurant du Parc des Eaux Vives
We had dinner on the second night at .. Cottage Café, Rue Adhemar-Fabri
We had a buffet brunch in a cool Scandinavian decorated restaurant.. Les Halles de l’Ile
On the third day Ashanti & I visited the.. Jardin Botanique