Switzerland Travel Diaries

In Geneva

August 2, 2016
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Just a few hours after I arrived in Geneva, I took a taxi to France to fly back to Geneva again. Only this time, I was not supposed to travel in a comfortable business class in a FlyUIA airplane. This time, I planned to fly by a paraglide. Mont Saleve is seen from everywhere in Geneva. And this is where I went to take a cable car, going up the steepest slope I’ve ever seen in my life. The view from the Mont Saleve is mesmerizing – I felt like I could embrace Geneva and its countryside. I sat in awe as the paraglider were gliding through the fresh bluish air from the side of Mont Blanc and the Geneva Lake to the side of the country side. When I was sitting on the top of the mountains, I could see people crossing the border of the two countries by foot, by bikes, and by cars. They looked as tiny dots coming from one country to another. It seemed that the streets of Geneva were lines drawn on a big piece of paper.

This was my first time I visited Geneva and I decided to spend it differently than I read in most travel guides. I decided to spend a very active weekend and do all the things that young and beautiful Genevans do. So I decided to begin with paragliding. And I have to admit that I get very anxious when I don’t feel the ground under my feet. The pilot strapped the equipment to me, then strapped me to him and said: «Run, run, run, run!!!». And I did until my feet stopped touching the ground. We flew! We were catching the cold airflows and followed them, going higher and lower. My fear disappeared and I felt so honored to see what the birds can see. I saw the green tops of the trees, square fields, roads, Mont Blanc, Geneva lake and rooftops of houses that seemed to have come out from the pages of a fairy tale.

My fear was gone and pure happiness filled every vessel in my body. I think the pilot felt it and said: «I see you are a brave one! Do you want to add some extreme to your flight?»

«Sh-sure», I said.

Then he tilted the wing and we started spinning around ourselves, approaching closer and closer to the land after every turn that we did.

After that, I headed to the village called Meyrin. This is one of Geneva’s picturesque wine trails. As I arrived, I rented out an e-bike and started my new adventure. The people who live in this area really love it, and this you can notice in every detail. Their love is in the way they decorate the exteriors of their homes and yards, clean pavements. It is also in how they smile to each other and say hello even to the strangers, like me. Strangers they see for the first time and will probably never see again.

I rode my e-bike trough the fields of golden wheat, yellow sunflowers and grapes. This is one of the wine regions of Switzerland. 30% of the wine consumed by the Swiss comes from Switzerland. Swiss wine is not exported, so when you visit Geneva, wine tasting is a must.

Here’s your guide to the best restaurants in Geneva, that only locals know about. Note, you should make a prior table reservation, these places are very popular.

For brunch go to:

A Les Voiles – this is the trendiest club at the Geneva Lake with huge portions for the Sunday brunch.

Woods at InterContinental – chef would make a show while cooking your Sunday brunch.

Enjoy your lunch at:

The Cottage Cafe near a beautiful fountain, overlooking the lake.

And your right choices for the dinner are:

Restaurant Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives

Café de Peney

Geneva has many hotels to offer and I chose to stay at InterContinental. I stayed there because of their high standards, the view at the Geneva Lake and Mont Blanc and I loved it.

I used Geneva‘s official website to find a lot of useful information.

Have you been to Geneva? What are your secret places?

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  • Reply Jen Morrow August 2, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Perfect weather! Those are some fantastic outdoor activities to see the area (paragliding would certainly add a new perspective to the city)!

  • Reply Blair Villanueva August 2, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Veronica, why your photos and travels soooo lovely??!! Hahaha, it seems you had a wonderful time at Geneva, and paragliding is sooo cool! I would like to try it too.. I need more courage 😀

  • Reply Joanna Krasinska August 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Veronica, I am planning to visit Geneva in two weeks! Thank you for your selection of the restaurants. Will check them out!

  • Reply WanderTruant August 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    What an amazing experience! I have never been paragliding, but it is definitely on my bucket list. How did you like the e-bike? I’ve heard a lot about them, and am hoping to rent one during my time in Amsterdam.

  • Reply Shi Hui August 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    OMG what were you using to film the video? It looks like you just put a phone/ a camera on a selfie stick! I’m so impressed by how it did not just fly off. Anyways, paragliding looks so amazing! I would prolly just end up kissing the ground after I’ve landed #CowardMe Haha

  • Reply Ana De Jesus August 2, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    The first time I had heard of Geneva was in the Princess Diaries and it has fascinated me ever since. Glad you had a good time paragliding x

  • Reply tp keane August 2, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    wow, such amazing photos. I can’t believe you went paragliding.. scary or what.. well, maybe just for me.

  • Reply Allison Rebecca August 2, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    What a cool place! I have always wanted to go to Geneva.

  • Reply Leslie August 3, 2016 at 1:26 am

    This looks like an amazing trip! I’d love to do this, how fun. The scenery is gorgeous.

  • Reply Lance Kerwince August 3, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Great video. And the landscape photos are so nice. Back then in Switzerland last year, I wanted to try paragliding so badly. But after I saw an accident in Murren, I quickly changed my mind. Hehe.

  • Reply Rachel Catherine August 3, 2016 at 2:36 am

    You look so happy. What a fun and unique experience to have. I would never think of doing something like this in France.

  • Reply Debra August 3, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Wow! You have the craziest adventures! This look like it was all sorts of amazing! I would love to paraglide!

  • Reply Liz August 3, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Wow, so adventurous! That was certainly a nice way of seeing Geneva. 🙂 Love your pictures, as always.

  • Reply Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life August 3, 2016 at 8:49 am

    What a great adventure and an amazing time! I think Geneva is a wonderful place to be. Paragliding looks like so much fun! I have Skydiving on my Bucket List and maybe should add paragliding to it as well. This is a great mini guide for anyone visiting Geneva soon and needs some inside info on what to do, where to eat.

  • Reply Inês August 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    That looks like so much fun!! And your photos are gorgeous!! 🙂

  • Reply Amanda Love August 3, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Wow! That’s such an amazing experience! It’s also a great way to enjoy the view. Paragliding has been on my bucket list for years and you just proved to me that it’s about time to take that leap!

  • Reply Heather (@TownsendHouse1) August 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    That sounds amazing! And I’m not sure I would be able to do it myself! I think as soon as I heard run run run, I would be planting my butt on the ground 🙂

  • Reply Evanne August 3, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Take me to Geneva!! I think I might stick to watching the video of you doing the paraglide. The bike ride I could definitely do. 😉

  • Reply Kimberly August 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    What an amazing adventure! I love your photos, it’s like a dream for me!

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) August 4, 2016 at 9:48 am

    What an amazing adventure. Geneva is definitely on my bucket list of places I would like to visit. It sounds awesome.

  • Reply Sriparna August 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    You seem to have had a really wonderful time in Geneva. Till date, I have not had the guts to even imagine myself in a paragliding 🙂 May be one day! Your pics show how much peaceful your stay has been and the weather complimented equally…Thank You for mentioning the best places to eat though 🙂

  • Reply Alina Popescu August 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Paragliding FTW! It’s the best thing ever 😀 Only did it in Oludeniz, but I’d love to try it again and again. it’s quite a thrill, but you’ve got way better pictures than I did when I tried it. The sudden sickness wasn’t helping much, but that’s how I learned my lesson: skip breakfast before paragliding 😀

  • Reply Anamika Ojha August 4, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Looks like you had a total blast in Geneva and your paragliding video is just awesome! I bet, it would have given you highest adrenaline rush!

  • Reply Jessica Hughes August 4, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    This looks so amazing! I have heard great things about Geneva and your photos confirm how beautiful it really is!

  • Reply Mimi B August 5, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Absolutely amazing! Your video was SO funny! I would’ve screamed the entire time the guy was spinning around. All of your photos are stunning. The one of you standing behind your electric bike, and laying in the hay…just gorgeous! Maybe one day I’ll be able to travel to somewhere as amazing as that!

  • Reply Amber NElson August 5, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Wow, what an awesome place to visit! I would love to try that for sure!

  • Reply Indrani August 5, 2016 at 6:23 am

    You have done so much more…. all I remember doing in Geneva is going on a tour by their yachts. Great sights all around. If luck permits I plan to do at least some of these. Great guide work.

  • Reply sophie nadeau August 5, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Wow, this looks so fun!!!

  • Reply Kimberly August 5, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    It looks like you had so much fun! I love the beauty of the land.

  • Reply www.kidfriendlyeurope101.com August 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Wow! I think I was on the “edge of my seat” watching your video. I am certainly NOT brave enough to do that BUT it would for sure help me with my fear of heights. Your photos are beautiful!

  • Reply Jessica Jones August 5, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    what wonderful photos! I love your list of things to do – that lavender field is definitely at the top!

  • Reply polly674 August 5, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I love the flying experience with paraglide you had! Looks amazing!

  • Reply alexandria August 6, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Looks like quite the adventure. I could NEVER do anything like that. You are so brave.

  • Reply Komang Ayu August 6, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Wow, paragliding … even if you scream but you do not look too anxious while in paragliding. you’re smiling and looked very happy. I wanted to try paragliding but I am very afraid of a high place 🙁

  • Reply markandkate8 August 6, 2016 at 3:48 am

    What an adventure this must be for you! I may not be up for paragliding but the rest of your must-try here including the wine tasting, I would definitely try!

  • Reply Martine de Luna August 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I am ENCHANTED by your photos! Wonderful. And such a comprehensive guide. I hope to one day be able to travel to Europe again and include Geneva on my list. I don’t think I’ve consciously considered it!

  • Reply ROBERT LEE August 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Of course it is you and I knew from the moment I opened this post that what I would read and see would be a treat to my eyes and my mind. Incredible shots and you have a fantastic idea this time around in Geneva. Do things you have not done so, something not a lot of tourists do, and look – you had fun! I guess the time it took during paragliding was too much that on one scene, you lied down to the ground.

  • Reply Andra August 6, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I have a friend who has just moved to Geneva and he’s totally in love with it. And now, seeing your pics, I can totally understand why. And you convinced me that I need to try paragliding 🙂 thanks!

  • Reply Teresa Dumadag August 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

    These are great photos! Geneva looks beautiful and interesting. It looks awesome from above. But I do not have the courage to paraglide or parasail.

  • Reply Yona Williams August 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time. I do not think I would be able to get over my fear of going para-gliding. I need to do a helicopter ride first before doing something like that. Great photos!

  • Reply Roberta August 6, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Oh waw! I’m going to Geneva soon and didn’t really have plans! Maybe I’ll get the courage to go paragliding! It seems so fun. And you photos are stunning!

  • Reply Carola August 6, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Loved opening this post and seeing that first picture! I’ve done paragliding last year in Sicily and it was amazing! It was fun to see your video as well. I haven’t been to Geneva yet. but if I do I’d love to paraglide again :). I remember as well that they told “Run, run, run”. That made me nervous because they repeatedly said it. “Run as hard as you can”. “Whatever you do, don’t stop running”. Now running always gives me the paragliding feeling hahahaha

  • Reply ToughCookieMommy August 6, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    This is such a wonderful and freeing trip. I’m sure that it was exhilarating to have that experience and see everything from that perspective.

  • Reply Sona Sethi August 6, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Wow! I love love expressions and how relaxed you are in your sky diving experience. Its a fantastic guide for any first timer like me who is keen to visit Geneva. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Stella the Travelerette August 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I was just in Geneva! I left on Thursday. I did think the Cottage Cafe was a good and pretty restaurant. But I spent all my time in the city–one day in the Old Town and one day in the UN area. There was also a free blues concert in the La Grange Park. I loved it!

  • Reply Subhadrika Sen August 7, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    OMG, You must have got an amazing view from up there. I wouldnt mind going up there but my fear of heights always gets me down.

  • Reply gobeyondbounds August 7, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Your pictures made us miss Geneve even more and the friendly people there who try starting a conversation even though theres a language difference. Had you also been to Nations and Old town they are surely not to miss when in Geneva 🙂

  • Reply CourtneyLynne August 8, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Ooooo Geniva looks like one fabulous place to visit!!!!! I’m just lovimg all of your photos! So fab!

  • Reply Ami Bhat August 8, 2016 at 5:43 am

    You were not only brave to try this our but also, take a video . Amazing. Lovely view indeed from up there. Glad you could do this.

  • Reply iamsuanlee August 8, 2016 at 10:56 am

    You certainly had the most perfect weather for this! I had booked to do the same in Interlaken in Switzerland however the weather just did not want to treat us well. Looks like you had so much fun, thanks for sharing Veronica!

  • Reply Zwitsy August 8, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I have heard about Geneva but that was just one time. I didn’t know that it comes with beautiful views! I bet the feeling when you tried the paragliding is quite scary and fun at the same time!

  • Reply mariaisquixotic August 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Everything looks quite amazing. It feels like Mia Thermopolis all over again but without the royal posse. So want to try the sky dive or fall!

  • Reply wanderingwagarschristina August 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Sounds like an amazing day! I have been to Geneva but only walking around the city- which is gorgeous as you know. I would love to see the view from above by paragliding. I didn’t even know you could do that in Geneva.

  • Reply Debra August 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Your photos fill me with such a desire to travel! It looks like you are having an incredible time!

  • Reply Nisha August 8, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Great list here. Made me nostalgic.
    I loved the park and the water fountain. Have lived in Geneva so it was close to my heart. 🙂
    Thanks so much.

  • Reply Liv Gorissen August 8, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I have never been to Geneva, but it looks very nice. I have been paragliding however. That was on our vacation to Sicily last year. We went up the mountain early in the afternoon, but we had to wait a very long time for the conditions to be perfect. in the meantime we “practised” the run. I remember one of those guys saying that I had to run and stop for nothing. We were on top of a mountain, why would I stop running? It was not like there was a car or bus to be scared of. And then out of nowhere the conditions wer good and I had to go. The pilot did not speak English very well and the only thing I heard was run! When we were in the air I couldn’t get myself in the seat and so I was hanging in the gear. That was very uncomfortable, but the view was amazing. We were up in the air for quite some time and the closer we came to the ground the sicker I became, lol. All in all it was a great experience. I liked reading your post and Geneva seems like a great place to go to for a few days.

  • Reply Yvonne Sowell August 9, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Oh dear goodness, you are living the dream! I don’t think I have that kind of adrenaline to want to go skydiving. But I would love love love to visit Geneva some day. And I love your photos. Everything looks so natural and candid. Like a breath of fresh air. =)

  • Reply leveluppinoy August 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Oh wow! One of the travel goals of me and my wife XD Gotta concur our fear of extreme heights though 😀 Nice shots BTW.

  • Reply Bernadette Angelie Pangilinan August 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Seems like you had an amazing time at Geneva! I would love to try paragliding someday! I just need to muster the courage first 😉

  • Reply Milton Coyne August 10, 2016 at 3:17 am

    first of all, i love all your photos.. they were all so inviting that makes me wanna visit Geneva someday… I haven’t tried Paragliding yet but I am so eager to try it someday.. although I do not have enough courage yet haha.. it must be a very rewarding experience

  • Reply retlync August 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Wow! you are really brave! I envy you haha and it obviously looks like you really had a great time at Geneva. All your photos look really amazing btw!

  • Reply SofarsoSabine August 10, 2016 at 10:04 am

    WoW that paragliding looks so scary! I would never do it. You seem happy even though youre screaming a bit hahah. Must be an amazing feeling if you’re brave enough! Xxx

  • Reply Kristi August 10, 2016 at 11:41 am

    OMG Veronica, these photos are fantastic! What an amazing experience in Geneva!

  • Reply mumwrites (@vixquips) August 11, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Wow, you have such lovely photos! And Geneva sure is a wonderful place to visit! would really love to try skydiving, too! 😀

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  • Reply Annika | 457 Australia August 18, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Love the first photo of you! You look stunning there though I can sense you experience an adrenaline rush at that moment.

  • Reply Laveena Sengar August 31, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Oh just amazing. I love paragliding. I once took two rides together. It’s just so beautiful and the fact that you did it so creatively is something i must learn.

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