Where I’ve been: Geneva’s city center, 2008-2011

My dad worked and lived in Geneva from early 2008 till early 2012. This meant I visited him there about twice a year and had quite a bit of time to explore city and the region around the Lake Geneva. This is why I decided to do several posts on the city that has so much to offer. This is the one about the city center:

Geneva is said to be Switzerland’s biggest historical city. I actually spend more time in the international quarter but I absolutely loved the old city, with its small backstreets, which is located on a hill. Here you find e.g. the Maison Tavel, Geneva’s oldest private residence still standing which is a unique testimony to medieval civil architecture. And on top of the hill is Peter’s Cathedral, the centre of the Reformation movement.

Geneva-looking-up-the-city-center-hillTo get an even better overview over Geneva for about 4CHF you can climb the 157 steps to the top of the tower for a stunning view of the town. Continue reading

Going for a walk in Darmstadt

As usual for a holiday I was at my parents house for Easter. And for the first time that I have this blog we went shopping on a Saturday AND the weather was not too nasty AND I had the time to go for a little walk so I finally can show you some, when not very spring like then at least not too bad pictures of my hometown.

Darmstadt-HochzeitsturmIf you would ask me if Darmstadt is a nice city without thinking I would rather say no. But actually it is. There are quite a few beautiful spots and I guess it must have been outragiously beautiful before the 11th of September  1944, when an air raid caused a fire storm that destroyed three quarters of Darmstadt. What was destroyed was rebuild in the ugliest forms of post war architecture you can imagine, which, at first sight, can make Darmstadt really ugly. But of course I’m only showing you the nice parts. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Geneva’s waterfront, 2008-2011

My dad worked and lived in Geneva from early 2008 till early 2012. This meant I visited him there about twice a year and had quite a bit of time to explore city and the region around the Lake Geneva. This is why I decided to do several posts on the city that has so much to offer. Here is the one on the lakeside, especially the right shore because I spend far more time here than on the left side.Geneva-the-Jet-D-eauThe city is known to be the city of the United Nations, a city of peace. It has two main highlights: its amazing buildings and even more the location on the Lake Geneva. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Freiburg, Germany, 2009

I went to Freiburg with my girls from home in 2009 when two of them lived there. We all met on a nice and warm late summer weekend and did a bit of sightseeing Freiburg-Historical-Merchants-Hall-2009before we ended up at chatting the day away.

Freiburg is one of those old cities in Germany (founded about 900 years ago) It is as well known for its old city center, its university but also for being quite a ecologocial town with special sustainable neighbourhoods like the Vauban. It is situated on th south western edge of Germany, very close to France and Switzerland.

And it is really beautiful there. Continue reading

Review: Takumi Kitchen, Düsseldorf. Germany

This is a review for the Japanse restaurant Takumi Kitchen in Immermannstr. 28 in Düsseldorf and they are open everyday roughly between 11am and 10pm.Takumi Kitchen from outsideWhen I want a break from my usual day and just have an hour and not a weekend or more, I love to go to a foreign restaurant. The more it feels like being far away from home the better. One of these amazing places in this way here in Düsseldorf is Takumi Kitchen. Continue reading

Review: Cafe des Halles and Club des Halles, Brussels, Belgium

Outside Cafe des Halles BrusselsI was in Brussels over New Year’s to meet some friends. One afternoon we went exploring the city a bit and as it was quite cold outside we ended up in a place that I actually had been before and really liked: the Cafe des Halles. It is a cafe bar situated in an old market hall at Place Saint-Géry in an area with lots of bars and restaurants and very close to the  metro station “Bourse”, the stock exchange of Brussels. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Skiing at the Grand Massif, France, 2010

When my father was still living in Geneva, we went there for a long Pists at the Grand Massif Franceweekend in Winter to go skiing. As Geneva is perfectly situated for skiers, we stayed at my dad’s house and went on day trips on long weekends in 2009 and 2010.

If there is enough snow and you want a short trip, then you can head to the Jura mountains on Genevas back. But that is not a very big ski area and the mountains are not at all as high as the alps. But if you are looking for a real big ski area, then the huge ski area Grand Massif with its 256km of skiable pists in France at only 52km from Geneva is your pick. Continue reading