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 seat. 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 visit:
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?