Friday, March 16, 2012


(includes Bellevue & Coligny)

Beau-Rivage, Geneva – 13 Quai du Mont-Blanc; 011-41022-716-6666;; grand Victorian palace on Right Bank; many rooms have Alps and lake views; 5-story lobby.
Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva – 19 Quai du Mont-Blanc; 011-41-022-908-9081;
InterContinental Geneva – 7 Chemin du Petit-Saconnex; 011-41-022-919-3939;; Tony Chi designed.
La Reserve Geneve Hotel & Spa – 301 Route de Lausanne (Bellevue); 011-41-022-959-5959;; city-resort hotel cocooned in 10-acre park on Lake Geneva; French designer Jacques Garcia has created dramatic, transporting interiors that feel world away from city; lake accessed from private dock & guests can book trips on hotel’s own Venetian motoscaffo for picturesque lake tours or simple transfers to boutiques & restaurants; 4 superb restaurants, Le Loti, Le Tsé Fung, poolside summer grill & Café Lauren (part of 2K sq m La Réserve spa, largest spa in Geneva).
Hotel President Wilson – 47 Quai Wilson; 011-41-022-906-6666;; newly renovated with stunning Alps and Lake Geneva views.

Zeller Chocolatier – 1 Place Longemalle; 011-41-022-311-5026;; only for chocolate-covered nuts; their chocolates are bad.

Arve & Rhone Rivers Junction – 27 Sentier des Saules; 011-41-022-418-5000;; place where Rivers Arve & Rhône join each other, creating beautiful & unique natural phenomenon, each having different color; can see waters mix & join into one final river (Rhône); can watch this scenario best from bridge, just 40 meters after junction; get tram to Junction, walk across bridge & turn right, take path into forest (sign Cimetiére de Saint-Georges); walk path about 10 minutes by river, until come to red-white building, Cafe de la Tour, from where can see bridge & rivers joining; can sit here, but for best view, go on bridge (walking path).
Art & History Museum – 2 Rue Charles-Galland; 011-41-022-418-2600;; actually spread over 4 different sites.
Bourg-de-Four Square – Place du Bourg-de-Four;; notable for Medieval fountains.
Carouge Museum – 2 Place de Sardaigne; 011-41-022-342-3383; 1789, Louis XVI master watchmaker residence; Sardinian garden makes pleasant destination for stroll in well-preserved district enlivened by numerous handicraft shops; permanent collections (viewed on request) consist mainly of earthenware produced by Carouge factory between 1810-1930, Noverraz Art Deco ceramic (1930-1960), and various contemporary ceramic works.
CGN – 17 Avenue de Rhodanie (Lausanne); 011-41-021-601-1666;; vintage ferry operator that offers combined dinner-excursion experiences.
Espace Ami Lullin – Promenade des Bastions; 011-41-022-418-2800;; library holdings.
Espace Rousseau – 40 Grand Rue; 011-41-021-310-1028;; house where Jean-Jacques Rousseau born in 1712; 30 minutes audiovisual tour through his life and works.
Fondation Martin Bodmer-Bibliothèque et Musée Cologny – 19-21 Route du Guignard (Coligny); 011-41-022-707-4433;; Swiss heritage site; Bodmer Papyri and Gutenberg Bible.
Glacier Express – 30 Rue du Mont-Blanc (Cornavin, main station); 011-41-022-732-7120 (main station number); or (schedules in English); train that runs from Geneva to Zurich, through Alps; spine-tingling.
Institut et Musée Voltaire – 25 Rue des Délices; 011-41-022-344-7133;; Voltaire’s former residence; houses drawing, manuscripts, old editions, paintings, and sculptures; library offers glimpse into author’s day-to-day life; in lovely Parc Delices (which Voltaire described as Les Jardins d’Epicure).
Jet d’Eau – Quai du General-Guisan Geneva; 011-41-022-909-7000;; city’s landmark fountain.
Maison Tavel – 6 Rue du Puits-St-Pierre; 011-41-022-418-3700;; museum for city’s history.
MAMCO – 10 Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers; 011-41-022-320-6122;; museum of contemporary and modern art.
Musée Ariana – 10 Avenue de la Paix; 011-41-022-418-5450;; Swiss ceramics and glass museum.
Musée d’Art (& Cabinet d’Arts Graphiques) – 5 Promenade du Pin; 011-41-022-418-2770;; diverse collection, from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary holdings.
Musée Barbier-Mueller – 10 Rue Jean-Calvin; 011-41-022-312-0270;; “tribal art,” ethnographic museum.
Musée de Ethnographie/Carl-Vogt – 65 Boulevard Carl-Vogt; 011-41-022-418-4550;; main “tribal arts” museum; closed through 2014.
Musée de Ethnographie/Conches – 7 Chemin Calandrini; 011-41-022-346-0125;; ethnic collection from 5 continents; in old house in country-type setting.
Musée de Ethnographie/Ports Francs – 4 bis Route des Jeunes; 011-41-022-418-4550;; cultural and ethnic history museum from around world.
Musée Patek Philippe – Les Savoises; 011-41-022-807-0910;; watches.
Old Town – preserved city portion.
St. Pierre Cathedral – 24 Place du Bourg de Four; 011-41-022-319-7195;; Swiss Reformed Church begun under Arducius de Faucigny; John Calvin’s adopted home (includes his wooden chair); site dates back to 8thth-10th Centuries; German painter Konrad Witz painted altarpiece, St. Peter Altarpiece (1444, now in Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva), which contains his most famous composition, Miraculous Draught of Fishes; recently opened is multi-millenia, pre-Christian discoveries that encompass more than 30K square under Cathedral.

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