International Motor Show of Geneva
For 10 days every march the International Motor Show takes place in Geneva. It’s the biggest automobile show in Europe with visitors from all over the world. A friend of mine that is into cars took me there one evening to attend the 83rd show (believe it or not the exhibition started back in 1905!!). It’s amazing how many expensive cars I saw that night although Palexpo the huge convention center had some normal cars too. Of course you don’t have to be surprised with these luxurius cars here, in Geneva you can see some of them on the streets too :)
People were walking around, taking pictures, getting in and out of the cars, checking their upcoming buy while others were just admiring the girls next to the cars :) Ok, it was a good exhibition in general but after a while I got bored
It’s open daily 10.00-20.00 (weekends 9.00-19.00) and the entrance fee is 16chf
At Palexpo, near the airport, there are car parkings around but you can also use bus#5
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The Arms of Geneva
The armorial bearings of today arose for the first time in the 15th century. They represent the union of the Empire symbols (eagle with a crowned head) to which Geneva had been attached to since the 11th century and of the Bishop (golden key) from whom the citizen obtained their freedom and autonomy in 1387.
The crest is a half-rising sun on the upper edge and bearing the trigramme IHS in Greek letters, representing the shortened form of the name Jesus (IHESUS).
The Geneva's motto " Post tenebras lux " (After the darkness, the light) had its origin in the middle of the 16th century. It refers to the Reformation.
Summer - one long festival
Summer here is so short that dozens of festivals are organised end to end so it's like one long party from June to August. The lakeshore is abuzz almost every evening and there is always something to do outdoors. There is outdoor cinema, fairgrounds, concerts, fireworks displays, and just plain revelry. If you're out with your kids at dusk, put name tags and beepers on them so you can find them in the crowd!
When I think of Switzerland, I think of mountains, cows with bells, and chocolate! This country is a chocolate lovers paradise. Not only are there numerous speciality chocolate shops to browse and shop in, but pop into any supermarket, food hall, tourist shop etc and you will be confronted by a massive display of tasty Swiss chocolatey goodness.
I have a soft spot for Lindt chocolate, and didn't bore of looking at the large selection on offer. I may have sampled a few varieties you can't seem to buy in the UK, and bought a few blocks home too. We did taste some other brands of Swiss chocolate, but none of them compared to my precious Lindt.
My favourite purchase was a blue Lindt tin with a picture of the Matterhorn on the top, which was filled with chocolate. I bought it at a souvenir shop in Zermatt, expecting that I paid way too much for it. I saw the exact same tin at the Geneva airport on our way home, and it was double the price that I had paid! Lesson for the day - souvenir shops aren't always a rip off.
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Even though a country since 1291, with its larger and more influential (now or historically) neighbours Germany Italy Austia and France, there are a lot or imported tastes, including the beer - Heineken and Kronenbourg , even Fosters are staples, as well as lots of German beers not familiar to me.
Feldschlosschen is a German company with Swiss brands and my favourite Swiss lager, Cardinal. I always make a point of seeking out the local brew.
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Why they drink outside cafes in Winter
I was impressed that in a January with temperatures just below freezing, the hardy Genevans were outside at the tables on the terraces and street in front of the cafes.
Upon closer inspection, that tea is vin chaud - (very) hot wine served in a glass teacup, with perhaps a slice of fruit and sugar to add to taste.
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Geneva Festival - Fêtes de Genève
Geneva Festival take place end of July until mid-August every year. You will enjoy:
*Fun fair, food stands and artisans
60 different amusement attractions extending around the harbour, 80 food stands offering thousands of 'taste treats' from around the world, 15 handicraft stands, «Terraces of the Lake», serving specialties from the lake and the region and Geneva wines.
* Free concert on the Clubs stage - English Garden
The Club Podium offers a programme of free concerts and shows, from 6 p.m. to midnight, and until 1 o'clock in the morning on Friday and Saturday.
* Air Show of Summits above the harbour, in front of the Quai de Cologny, bringing together parachutists, aerial acrobats, the Breitling Jet Team patrol, the Swiss patrol and Oldtimers.
* One of the world's largest fireworks displays set to music with the theme Music of the Celtic world for 2006 (45 minutes duration).
Enjoy the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Festival from July 20 to August 13 2006.
- Arts and Culture
The Museum of Art & History
The Museum of Art & History is maybe the most well-known museum in Geneva. It has over hundred thousand paintings, sculptures and archaeological substance, but the museum itself is not that large. The first floor contains the Fine Arts compilation with paintings by Conrad Witz, Corot, Jean-Etienne Liotard, Calame, Diday, Agasse, Valloton and others. A number of rooms are dedicated to specific painters.
The upper ground floor houses the applied arts and has temporary exhibitions, silveware and pewterware and parts of the Castle of Zizers. The provisional display I saw was an attractive exhibit of contemporary drawing collages.
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The only Swiss museum devoted entirely to ceramics, this collection of over 16,000 objects illustrates seven centuries of ceramics in Switzerland, Europe and the East. The Ariana Museum also has examples of 20th C work.
Geneva country side & wine tasting
This is the Geneva countryside. Only a few miles from the city’s downtown area you will find quaint villages apparently untouched by the passage of the time.
A landscape of vineyards breaking with the traditional picture of cosmopolitan city makes of the countryside a unique setting. You will continue you excursion with a stopover in a typical wine cellar for wine tasting.
The Olympic Museum
The Olympic Museum Lausanne's exhibits span a range of more than 2,200 years, starting with the ancient Greek games and continuing with the modern Olympic Games from 1896 to the present day.
High points include the complete collection of Olympic Torches and the Olympic Medals (which, interestingly enough, weren't hung around the necks of victors until the Rome Olympics of 1960).
The Olympic Museum is the museum of an idea. This idea was 99 years old on the inaugural day, 23rd June 1993, and this date coincides with the foundation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The conception is called Olympism which is the philosophy of uniting sport, art and culture. The creation of today's Olympic Museum was sparked by the resolve to give this union concrete form.
Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the Olympic Games, had the idea of creating an Olympic Museum. He proposed it for the first time in 1915 after setting up the headquarters of the IOC in Lausanne. The baron felt the museum should not only be the legacy of the newly restored Olympic Games, but should equally embody the ideals of Olympism.
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The Barbier-Mueller Museum is home to the combined collections of two of Switzerland’s best known collectors: Josef Mueller and Jean Paul Barbier. Throughout their lives, both men traveled the globe in search of art from Antiquity, Africa, Asia and Oceania, bringing forth so called “primitive art” into the main stream. The museum is an archeologists dream with over 7,000 masks, tools, statues, ornaments and other singular articles in the permanent collection and numerous itinerant exhibitions on display throughout the year.
Josef Mueller was born in 1887 into a middle-class family from Solothurn, in German-speaking Switzerland. Nothing predestined his becoming one of the greatest art collectors of all time. At the age of ten, he lost both his father and his mother, and was raised by a governess. However, he had the chance to frequently visit the home of one of his schoolmates, whose parents were lovers of modern art and who, as early as 1906, owned a beautiful painting from Picasso’s pink period: the portrait of a woman, seen in profile, which Mueller was later to acquire .At 20 years of age, he spent a whole year’s income on one painting, and swiftly made his way to Paris where he met the famous art dealer, Ambroise Vollard. Acting on the advice of the latter, he acquired a highly renowned painting by Cézanne, the portrait of the Jardinier Vallier, painted in 1905, at the very end of the future father of modern painting’s life.
Patek Philippe Museum
Less than a century and a half ago, in this neighbourhood which is today both brilliant and energetic, the streets perpendicular to the Avenue du Mail were but local paths. Following the Exposition Nationale of 1896, numerous buildings were erected, entirely modifying the area within just 20 years.
The structure which today houses the Patek Philippe Museum has a long and interesting history dedicated to watchmaking and its related crafts. Most probably designed by the talented architect Mr William Henssler in 1919, it has witnessed gem-cutting under the name Heller & Son, the manufacture of jewellery by the firms Ponti Gennari and Piaget, and the manufacture of watch-cases and bracelets since 1975 by Les Ateliers Reunis for Patek Philippe.
The Patek Philippe Museum traces the evolution of watch making in Geneva from its humble origins through to its current apogee as the world leader in the industry. The museum presents an evocative collection of timepieces dating back as far as the early 16th century, demonstrating the artistic and engineering prowess of Geneva’s past and present masters. Modern masterpieces from Patek Philippe’s latest collections are also on display as well as music boxes, pistols and other historic bibelots spread over the museum’s four floors.
The central section of the UA1 experiment on display at the Microcosm museum
Microcosm is a museum of particle physics located at CERN in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, near the town of Meyrin. It is a very comprehensive museum, covering a broad range of particle physics topics, as well as the entire history of CERN. Exhibits include:
• Explanations of the purpose of CERN and particle physics research in general
• A mock-up, hands-on version of Rutherford's gold foil experiment
• A real-time cosmic ray detector
• A mock-up of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel
• Models and explanations of current and future CERN experiments
• Equipment from old experiments, including a large part of the UA1 detector, which ran at the Super Proton Synchrotron at CERN from 1981 to 1984, and helped discover the W and Z bosons.
The Salon International de l'Auto (or Geneva Motor
The Salon International de l'Auto (or Geneva Motor Show) is an annual auto show held in March in the Swiss city of Geneva. The show started in 1905 and is now the only annual automobile show in Europe. The show is held at Palexpo, a giant convention center. The Salon is scheduled by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, which considers it a major international auto show.
Almost all motor combustion models have been featured in the show. Models ranging from benzene to steam, with many exotic and supercars stealing the spotlights throughout the 20th century. Prototypes, new equipment, technical breakthroughs, and international partnerships as well as political and social debates are all landmarks of this international exhibition.
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