Travel & Environment: Might we fall in love again and still save our forests

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EARLIER THIS SUMMER, TWO MATES AND I set out on what turned out to be a “bridge-too-far” walking project. Switzerland is blessed with more than 60,000 km of walking trails crowned by seven iconic...

Masood Khalili’s Whispers of War – A guerrilla’s journey during the Soviet occupation of...

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FOCUS: Forty years of war in Afghanistan. This extract is published in our 2018/19 Winter Edition of Global Geneva. It is also part of Global Geneva's ongoing series on Afghanistan. It is now 7:20 pm....

Swiss Journeys: A weekend in the Valais – culture, vineyards and thermal baths

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The Valais (or Wallis in German), southeast of Lake Geneva, is one of Switzerland’s most sun-drenched cantons, offering up to 2,000 hours a year of sunlight. The protective positioning of the Alps overlooking the...

Chamonix: France’s premier – and almost Swiss – mountain capital

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The following article is scheduled to be published in Global Geneva's Nov. 2018 - January 2018 print and e-edition.  Upon their return home, Windham and Pococke’s gushing tales found favour in the European press. The...

Switzerland’s green bike trails: Les Voies Vertes

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THE BEST WAY I KNOW OF TAKING IT ALL IN is to get on a bike and hit the greenways, known in the francophone part of the country as les voies vertes. They are also...

Polar2018: Bringing the Arctic and Antarctic together in Switzerland

Changes in the polar regions have a great influence on the global climate, sea level change, ecosystems, the livelihood of Indigenous peoples, transport routes, and resource exploitation, to name but a few. What happens...

In Lisbon, Still Savvy After All These Years, Growing Alarm

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LISBON – Techies snapping up real estate call this the new San Francisco. Moveable-feast jet setters see a new Istanbul. But this is still the old Lisbon, a fresh incarnation of the outward looking...

Festival Filmar en America Latina, jusqu’au 3 décembre (French version)

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Ce qui oblige les amateurs à prendre ou commander leur billet avec une bonne avance. Une vingtaine de cinéastes et acteurs sont présents et échangent de manière conviviale avec le public. Parmi les moments...
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Update: Switzerland’s first driverless bus will run until 2019

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Swiss Post, the city of Sion and Valais authorities have announced that the 16-month experiment of running two PostBus driverless buses (with yellow-teeshirted attendants) through the pedestrian quarter of the Valais capital will continue...

Confessions of an unrepentant foodie: The City with the Best Food in the World

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. PHOTOS BY LEYLA ALYANAK WHAT IF SOMEONE TOLD YOU the best food in the world was to be found in Lyon, just...

Letter from Philadelphia: A Swiss Makes Artistic Splash in the City of Brotherly...

This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. CHRISTINE PFISTER WAS MANAGING THE ZERMATT office for a family-owned company building prefabri cated mountain chalets, when she decided that it...

LIVING IN A TREEHOUSE: A writer-in-residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. AT THE JAN MICHALSKI FOUNDATION FOR WRITING AND LITERATURE, there are seven cabins or ‘treehouses’ – the structures hang off a...

Morges Book Festival 1-3 September 2017 – World’s Finest Writers

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The annual literary festival, Le livre sur les quais, is in Morges this weekend. The festival gathers together an array of French, Swiss and international writers, both French and English speaking, who will give...

‘The most famous woman in Europe’ 200 years on

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Her private life, scandalous at the time for its number of affairs with younger men, meant that more attention was given to the gossip than the ideals. She is often contrasted with Jane Austen,...
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Switzerland’s first driverless bus. A new public transport solution?

The experimental SmartShuttle service is due to continue until the end of October. The utilitarian argument has been to take heavily-laden shoppers and pensioners 1.5km through the pedestrian streets to conventional bus stops on...

Maybe weird but also wonderful: Valais Festival of New Music

Music from helicopters, a Swiss men's choir swinging back and forth on hydraulic pistons in a church, a political Tibetan pop-rock group -- ForumWallis's excursions into experimental music might sound more weird than wonderful,...

Valais wines before the disaster: a bumper year on show

All is not lost, however, particularly with regard to last year's harvest. The canton's wine cellars will be open to visitors on 25-27 May, 2017, the weekend of Ascension. So this might be the...

Weekend Travels : Valley of the Loue

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A preferred hideaway for those seeking to escape the urban bustle, you can be enjoying the Franche-Comté is less than two hours, driving (or biking) through the valley of the river Loue, wondering why...

The Pretty Little Village Across the Lake

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To many who forget its name, this pretty little village across the lake may already be familiar. It tends to be the first place one is escorted to when visiting Geneva. And with reason....