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    Russian church ,Geneva

    by gwened Written Sep 4, 2014

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    walking on my free time I passed by this Church, it seems different well it was, it is the Russian Church in Geneva.
    Built on the site of an old Benedictine Church, the Russian community there got the autorisation to build one and it did in 1859; the Financial help came from Anna Feodorovna Constancia, daughter in law of the tsar Alexander 1er of Russia.

    It is located at Rue Rodolphe-Toepffer 6. From the jet Stream at the lake take Quai Gustave Ador left on rue de la Scier, continue straight to blvd Helvétique,and right at Rue Charles Galland, and left at Rue François le Fort to the Church street.

    The religious site in French and Russiann is at
    http://www.diocesedegeneve.net/j2/index.php/fr/

    The Church was separated from mother Russia in 1917 and came back to unison in 2007. History, architecture and Orthodox religion to explore further in Geneva.

    Orthodox Russian church of Geneva
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    Hôtel de Ville, Geneva

    by gwened Written Sep 4, 2014

    the hotel de ville or mairie or mayor's office is very ornate and nice place to stop by even if a government building;when you walk the city you encounter these nice architectural gems located at the Rue de la Mairie 37 for administrative services and the hotel de ville at the place du Hôtel de Ville.

    From the salle des Pas-Perdus and the Tour Baudet built in 1455 and that housed the Council of State since 1488 without interruption. Early in the 18C it was the salle du Conseil des Deux-Cents, the previous one of the one use today.

    the north wing is the building giving to the rue de l'hôtel de ville as well as a partial covered part of the interior courtyard, full of columns from the 17C. From the 19C the building held the powers of hte executive branch, legislation, and judicial of the Canton of Geneva. It house also, the Chancellry of State that insured the fonctioning of the Council of State.

    It is in the room or salle de l'Alabama, located in the street level or first floor that it was signed the first convention of Geneva in 1864.

    nice to see and nice history.

    city hall  of Geneva Hotel de Ville of Geneva inside courtyard columns the parvis courtyard of hotel de ville
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    Roman museum & house at Augusta Raurica

    by peterocnnor Written Aug 31, 2014

    Augusta Raurica was a Roman colony on the Rhine founded around 44Bc by Lucius Munatius Plancus . to get to Augusta Raurica take the train from Basel SBB Bahnhof rail station to Kaiseraugst its about a 12 minute journey .the site is less than a 10 minute walk from Kaiseraugst station . the site itself is free but the museum & roman house is a small sum of 8Sfr the museum & the site are open 7 days a week but on Monday the museum opens at 1.pm rest of the week its 10Am

    museum building roman era figurines original roman stone  stele or relief original Roman mosaic floor from houses foundation a roman coin collection
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    Augusta Raurica

    by peterocnnor Written Aug 31, 2014

    Augusta Raurica was a Roman colony on the Rhine founded around 44Bc by Lucius Munatius Plancus . to get to Augusta Raurica take the train from Basel SBB Bahnhof rail station to Kaiseraugst its about a 12 minute journey .the site is less than a 10 minute walk from Kaiseraugst station . the site itself is free but the museum & roman house is a small sum of 8Sfr the museum & the site are open 7 days a week but on Monday the museum opens at 1.pm rest of the week its 10Am

    the Roman Theatre the ruins of a Temple the remains of a public bath house whats left of a Roman Amphitheater seating Roman trading house & work shop
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    The Rathaus In Basel

    by Paul2001 Updated Aug 15, 2014

    The Rathaus in Basel is a stunning red sandstone building that was constructed in 1509. It is not open to the public as it still serves the city hall for Basel. The building is decorated with many fine statue, fresco reliefs and a splendid clock. In the square before the Rathaus is an interesting market which is fun to wander through. On Saturday the market is apparently much larger.

    The Rathaus and Market One of the fine reliefs found on the walls
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    Gateway to the Rhinefalls

    by hopang Updated May 6, 2014

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    Rihnefalls are situated in Neuhausen near Schaffhausen approximately 50 kilometers north of the city of Zurich very close to the border with Germany. It is advisable to take a half day morning bus tour to the scenic Rhinefalls from Zurich if and when you are having a vacation in the city of Zurich. We purchased this half day bus tour from the Best of Switzerland Tours (please read their website below for more information). This tour costs CHF 49.00 per person not including the boat trip (pay separately CHF 8.00 per person) at the Rhinefalls which is optional. The bus will pick you up from Sihlquai tram stop (tram lines 4, 13 and 17) at 9.15 a.m. sharp and return to the same spot about 12.30 p.m.

    The boat trip at the Rhinefalls is certainly highly recommended in order to have a spectacular view from the top of the Rock. The only way to reach the Rock is to travel by boats. Be warned that the steps to the top are quite narrow and can be quite slippery. Therefore it is advisable to wear good walking shoes.

    Rhinefalls are the biggest waterfalls in Europe but not the tallest. They are approximately 150 meters wide and 20 meters high. Just listening to the sound of waterfalls is truly relaxing. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Rhinefalls that morning. Remember to bring along your passport and on our way back to Zurich, the tour bus will pass Germany and there are customs and immigration check-points at the border. For those who want to save some money, you can also travel by trains to the Rhinefalls on your own provided you have lots of time to spare. It definitely takes longer time to travel on your own by trains as you are required to change trains as well.

    For more information about this bus tour and the rest of Best of Switzerland Tours, you may write to the following e-mail address:- info@switzerland-tours.ch

    Scenic Rhinefalls Scenic Rhinefalls from top of the Rock Scenic Rhinefalls from top of the Rock Scenic Rhinefalls from top of the Rock Height of the Rock where you have to climb up!
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    Meiringen

    by babar_1 Updated Sep 6, 2012

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    Meiringen is a beautiful town famous for Sherlock Holmes museum. This character was died in this town. The town has so much to offer for the tourists such as beautiful waterfall, AareSchlute Gorge, Scenic valleys, museum, flowers. There are some nice hotels here and you may explore the local foodstuff as well.

    SherlockHolmes waterfall in Meiringen Panoramic valley (meiringen) Aare Gorge (Meiringen)
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    The Textilmuseum in St Gallen

    by Paul2001 Written Jul 9, 2012

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    Okay this seem to be only a time killing diversion but first a little history. St Gallen is the lace capital of Europe. So there one should feel obligated to visit a museum dedicated to what this town is most renown for (or at least other than the Abbey Library). Here you will find the story of the growth and subsequent decline of textile lace industry in this lovely town. It is well presented and surprisingly interested. There are excellent examples on how the textile industry still serves you today.
    The museum is located halfway between the train station and the Abbey Museum. Oddly enough it is one of the few museums in Switzerland that does not close on Monday which is the day of the week that I visited this town.

    Some of the fine lace work on display here Lace curtains Some modern uses of textiles
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    Bakerstreet 221b is in Meiringen

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You might search in vain for Bakerstreet 221b in London but you will find it in the Sherlok-Holmes-Museum in Meiringen, in a distance of about 25km east of Interlaken. In the very centre of the lovely village of Meiringen you will be able to see the world's first authentic replica of the living-room of Sherlock Holmes in Bakerstreet 221b. This replica was made according to the exlanations, given in the books and it includes all the small details beeing mentioned there. This room is shown in a small museum that includes plenty of other interesting Holmes-souvenirs, letters that were sent from all over the world to "Sherlock Holmes, Bakerstreet, London" etc.etc.etc.
    You really might get the feeling, Holmes was a real person, how else could they show his private things there...
    The Sherlock Holmes Museum is open
    May-September : Tue-Sun 01.30-06.00p.m.
    October-April: 04.30-06.00p.m.
    The Sherlock-Holmes-museum is next to Parkhotel du Sauvage inside a small wooden church.

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    Enjoy a "bisse" walk

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Bisses are the vital witnesses of a history, culture and civilisation in Valais. Hollowed out into the ground, cut into or hanging from the rock face, like scars leaden with memories, they symbolise the fight of the people for the control of water.

    Borne out of the peasant’s desire to escape from the cruel consequences of drought, the water was collected from rivers and artificially diverted onto the cultivated hills.

    The paths that run alongside these Bisses have the advantage of being slightly inclined, passing through very varied locations and always providing surprising detours through the valleys, villages and mountains. Hence the reason why these little trails, without any traffic, constitute very pleasant walks and allow you to discover one of the most picturesque aspects of Valais region.

    The Bisses are negotiable from Spring to Autumn and are also accessible to children, their parents as well as their grandparents. Nendaz enjoys the largest network in Europe and the Bisses are terraced at an altitude of between 800m and 2,200m.

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    Summer skiing on the Swiss Alps

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Would you like to go skiing or snowboarding right in the middle of summer? Visit Saas-Fee or Zermatt summer ski area on high altitude glacier.

    A single ski-pass for Saas-Fee and Zermatt: Saas-Fee and Zermatt are joining forces.
    The two biggest and most attractive summer ski areas are for the first time offering combined ski-passes during the summer season from 2 July to 31 October.

    Saas-Fee and Zermatt are a 40 minute drive apart. 41 km of groomed carving and mogul runs as well as summer parks with a half-pipe and obstacle courses for freestylers provide the ultimate snow experience on hot summer days.

    �� Gerhard Krischker

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    FREDDY MERCURY CELEBRATED IN ....MONTREUX

    by robertop Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the famous resort of Montreux,with exquisite hotels,much wealth,with a mild climate favouring explosion in full coloured flowers of all kind and even of palm trees,you may find somewhat in the center of the town,near the lake,a statue which you might not have expected to see there.
    It is the statue of the famous lead singer Freddy Mercury,of the Queens,who died in November 1991.
    Although many years passed since his death,he is still remembered by this town he liked so much,by the statue which since October 1996 was erected in his honour.He is looking straight to the big Lake,with one hand raised as if to salute people passing by.
    His musical carrier is remembered in Montreux by yearly festivals and fans as well as passers by use to put flowers at the bottom of the statue.
    Just a place off the beaten path you shouldn't miss,if walking around Montreux

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    A great sledge run for all !

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A great adventure for everybody: a funny 10 km downhill run on a sledge by day or by night in Les Mayens de Riddes!

    La Tzoumaz/Mayens-de-Riddes nestles in a valley on the left side of the Rhone at an altitude of 1500m. The valley lies about halfway between Martigny and Sion.

    Access to the sledge run is via the Savoleyres cable car (alt. 2'354m). From there you can glide down to the village (1'506m).


    Daily rates for non-skiers:
    CHF 20.- adults
    CHF 16.- children

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    Fly over the Alps

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fly over the Swiss Alps, forests, lakes and glaciers and land to share a glass of Fendant between friends...

    Alpine Tours

    Take a little plane from Sion Airport for 1 to 3 passengers. Prices are very competitive, for example I paid around CHF 290.- a 60 minutes flight for two people to Mont-Blanc then Matterhorn. You could also plan your flight route with the pilot. Enjoy your flight !

    If you prefer helicopter, I recommend :

    Air Zermatt

    Matterhorn 20 min. roundflight for CHF 195.-.

    Air Glacier

    Flights from 10 to 60 minutes, up to 4 passengers in a helicopter. 10 min flights from CHF 86.-.

    Enjoy the view...
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    The Vineyard Walk

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Experience the Vineyard Walk, an educational footpath winding through the vines (6km). This path linked two sites of the Valaisan Museum of Wine and Winegrowing located @ Salquenen (Zumofen House ) and @ Sierre (Chateau de Villa). If you get thirsty, no worries just visit a local cellar!

    The Valaisan Museum of Wine and Winegrowing is open: from Tuesday to Friday (2 pm to 5 pm (April to November).

    Address:
    Chateau de Villa
    Rue Sainte-Catherine 4
    3960 Sierre (Valais)

    Vineyards in Valais
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