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Geneva - Mont Saleve - Awesome Day Trip!

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I just returned from the most fantastic day trip outside of Geneva to Mt. Saleve - A scenic mountain that is part of the pre-Alps mountain range that is located on the border with France. It's only a 15 minutes bus ride away from downtown Geneva by public bus #8.



On a clear day, you will get the most amazing view of Geneva from the top of Mt. Saleve. It's also a very popular launching spot for colorful kite/wind surfers and a well known starting point for hikers and mountaineers.

To get to Mt. Saleve, walk from our hotel to the main bridge that crosses to the downtown area of Geneva. Before crossing the bridge, locate the bus stop for the #8 bus right on the corner before the bridge. For the bus, use your complimentary hotel tram/bus ticket and make sure you're going in the right direction. Your bus should be heading towards the old town in Geneva and should cross the bridge after you get on. Ride the bus to it's last stop. You will now be in France. Get off the bus and look towards the mountain in front of you to orient yourself and you will see the cable cars that climb up the mountain in the distance.

Follow the street signs posted to guide you to the cable car station. Once there, you can purchase your cable car tickets at the booth. Tickets run around $12 dollars per person for a round trip ticket. Have your camera ready. It's a pretty cool ride up the mountain.


Once you reach the top, you can either hike around the mountain on it's many well marked trails or you can simply relax in the scenic lodge or veranda overlooking Geneva. If you're feeling adventuresome you can hire the services of one of the many Kite surfing outfits that launch from the mountain and literally "jump off a cliff". (with a guide, of course). This is exactly what our brave Captain Fritz did to celebrate his birthday when we went to Mont. Saleve. Bravo Fitz! I'm still mad at myself for not going for it like you did!


Be sure to keep track of time. There is a last cable car to the bottom. Be sure to make it, or else you're gonna have to hike it down. Enjoy the fabulous views from the top of Mount Saleve, have a beer at the veranda's outdoor restaurant and take in the fresh alpine air. You will be awed by the amazing views - the spectacular green valleys, the snowy mountains in the distance and a clear view of Lake Geneva from the top.

For more information about Mt. Saleve, please check the enclosed link from Wikipedia.
Sal�ve - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bon Boyage!

PS- Dress in layers and with comfortable shoes. It gets cooler up there!

Geneva - Coo-Coo Clocks for Kids

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On my last trip to Geneva I discovered a Longines watch store that sells very reasonably priced coo-coo clocks (photo enclosed). From the window displays, their prices seemed much lower than the ones I was quoted in Germany, so I decided to investigate.

The Geneva store had a small selection of colorful, wooden coo-coo clocks for sale. Not the Black Forest, fine-carved wood, collectors style, art pieces one can find in Germany that start at 300 Euros and go up to the thousands. These are small, souvenir style clocks with the traditional birds coming out of the house singing "coo-coo", plus other colorful details as part of their decor. They would make a lovely gift for a child.

I chose a small coo-coo clock with a blond maiden dangling from her swing from the bottom of the clock for $30.00 US dollars (photo enclosed). A perfect gift, for my six year old niece so she can learn, in a fun way, some world geography (where clocks are made) and how to tell time.

If you're interested in visiting this store ,

it's an easy find. It's located in Ave. Mont Blanc, right next to the Hotel Bristol (on the right of it, if facing the hotel).


The hotel Four Seasons is across the street, in the corner of Ave Mont Blanc and the Lake. I'm enclosing a photo of the store front so you will know what to look for. Their Coo-coo clocks and prices are in full view on their window displays.

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