A Day in Gay Geneva – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 13th, 2018

Gay Geneva - Keep Calm and Wander

Geneva is one of those cities that seldom agree to the norms of metropolises around the world. As they are always bustling with activities and have a chaotic lifestyle, Geneva, in contrast to them, is calm, collected, and professional. In the morning you’d see working men and women hurrying down the streets to get to their offices while in the evening you’d experience an unusual quite that transitions into the night.

This is what I experienced in a day in gay Geneva. Yes, a day! But the same day taught me that I was slightly wrong about the place. Beneath the skin of all that calmness, there lay a bustling cosmopolitan city with wild music, vintage exhibits, and captivating artisans. I was there during the weekend when they had a music festival! Lucky me!

Following are the places that led me to this discovery.

1. The Old Town

Probably what gave me an insight into the way Geneva has evolved was the Old Town lying peacefully on the hill near Cathedrale Saint-Pierre. As I treaded around the Place du Bourg de Four, I saw the architectural exuberance of the town with its indigenous boutiques like Septieme Etage, La Muse and Jill Wolf Jewels, its restaurants and cafes that give you a chance to watch people (I did that over my cup of coffee at La Clemence), and the ruins just around the corner of the cathedral.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Beautiful Bern – Gay Star News

Author: , February 19th, 2018

Beautiful Bern - Gay Star News

The River Aare swirls in icy shades of cyan below the quaint Nydeggbrücke arch bridge. A sharp, mountain-fresh breeze cuts across my face.

In Bern, the capital of Switzerland, you can see The Alps glistening in the distance to the south from many vantage points. They cast a spell over the city: the water, the air, they’re just better here. Switzerland, in general, makes you feel like you’re in some Evian-drenched wonderland. The wind is bracing, but I zip up my jacket and lean into it. The picture-perfect scenery demands it.

Think a sea of terracotta pantile roofs. Forest-carpeted hills. And barely an ultramodern building in sight. It’s certainly a deviation from the evermore chaotic skylines of most capital cities.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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The Broken Chair – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 27th, 2018

The Broken Chair

You’d never miss the monument of the broken chair at the United Nations office in Geneva. It’s on the square in front of the office where world affairs are decided. The monstrosity of the structure carries the weight of a world problem we all too familiar with – war.

Where is it? It’s in front of the Palace of Nations in Geneva. From the train station downtown, take a streetcar that goes all the way to the United Nations. Get off at the last stop.

Best Time to Visit. Wake up early to beat the crowd. The sculpture, I think, can be felt when you’re alone with it. Even without reading its description, you feel the sense of what the statue stands for.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Gay Geneva, a Foodie Paris – Gay Star News

Author: , August 18th, 2017

Gay Geneva

Looking out on Lake Geneva on a clear, sunny day is to be instantly charmed. By its magical, 50-shades-of-blue water, and by the elegant 150m-tall Jet d’Eau fountain therein. It’s truly an ‘inland ocean’; the largest lake in Europe, and shared between Switzerland and France. Best of all, perched on the shores of its most southwesterly tip is the French-speaking city of Geneva.

It may be Switzerland’s second most-populated city after Zurich, but Geneva, located at the mouth of the River Rhone, is surprisingly tiny. Its population is just 197,376. This makes it comparable in size to Bournemouth in the UK.

But for a small place, it boasts massive selling points. It’s immensely walkable. It boasts tourist-friendly weather all year round, because of the neutralizing effects of the lake and the nearby Mont Saleve. And of course, the majestic Alps are within day trip distance. But for me, it’s the destination’s cultural and culinary chops that really sell it.

By Lewis Peters – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Coming Soon: Arosa Gay Ski Week

Author: , December 28th, 2016

Arosa Gay Ski Week

If you’re looking for options for your ski trip this winter, then coordinating your time on the snow with a gay ski week is a great way of guaranteeing plenty of fun while working up an appetite on the slopes.

Switzerland offers dramatic landscapes, perfect skiing and boarding conditions, and it’s also the home of Arosa Gay Ski Week.

The ski resort of Arosa boats 220 kilometres of pistes, spread across two spectacular valleys high in the Swiss Alps.

All levels of skiers and boarders are catered from, with beginner and intermediate runs if you’re wanting to build up your confidence, to steep challenging trails if you want the adrenaline of testing your nerve and your technique. Plus there’s plenty of powder-packed off-piste adventures to be had.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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European Gay Ski Week 2017

Author: , September 7th, 2016

European Gay Ski Week

Nine years in the making. European Gay Ski Week 2017, the biggest and most spectacular “Gay Winter Sports and Music Festival” in Europe, will take place in Avoriaz in the picturesque French Alps, from March 11th-18th.

European Gay Ski WeekEuropean Gay Ski Week is the first choice for gay and lesbian people from all over the world who want to experience the perfect Winter Holiday in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Enjoy a week of skiing, snowboarding, parties, great food and spas, signature party nights, Erotica, Snowball, Wig Party, and the Pool Party. EGSW 2017 is joined by international club brands such as Brut (London), BearDrop (Paris), Salvaje (Madrid), hosting nights of their own: their decks will feature the best DJ’s from all over the world.

Located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, the biggest ski area in the world, Avoriaz resort is fully integrated into the surrounding areas, with snowy pedestrianised streets, horse-drawn sleigh taxis, and accommodations that have direct access to the slopes.

Make Your Reservations Here

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Basel, Switzerland – City of Cultural Nirvana

Author: , August 29th, 2016

Kunstmuseum Basel

Cheese and chocolate. Yes, they’re two of Switzerland’s tastiest exports. But what really stands out about Basel – which, with 170,000 inhabitants, is Switzerland’s third largest city after Zurich and Geneva – is the vibrancy of its art and cultural scenes. Basel, which borders France and Germany, has the most museums (almost 40) of any Swiss destination, and they saturate every street – along with shops, hotels, restaurants and bars that scream luxury and decadence. All in all, the city’s offers the perfect formula for the perfect weekend away.

Here’s our guide to Basel’s best cultural attractions along with our top restaurant and hotel recommendations in five easy steps…

Our first visit was to the Kunstmuseum Basel with its vast collection of historic and modern art. The main building was erected in 1931 and an extension added in April this year; the latter was designed by the renowned Basel-based architecture firm Christ & Gantenbein. We visited a provoking exhibition called Sculpture On The Move 1946-2016, and this gobsmacking building is certainly the place for it; it’s on until 18 September. If you’re interested in the evolution of sculpture from World War 11 to the present, and are a fan of the likes of Alberto Giacometti to Koons, this is the exhibit for you.

By Lewis Peters – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Grand Switzerland Train Tour

Author: , February 10th, 2016

GoldenPass-Panoramic-Near-Montreux-by-STS_Stephan-Schacher

Beginning in the seventeenth century and continuing for approximately 200 years, the grand tour [of the European continent] was a rite of passage for wealthy young men, mostly from England. Lasting from several months to several years, the tour was its own reason for being–travel as a broadening and educating experience. Train travel during the industrial revolution robbed the grand tour of its patrician associations but brought about the birth of modern tourism.

This year, the Swiss Transport System has launched the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, a suggested itinerary that can be started from any point on a 750-mile route that travels over 5 alpine passes, 22 lakes, and 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Along the way, the trains glide through Switzerland’s 4 language groups, each with its own distinct culture. For individual travel throughout the tour all that’s necessary is a Swiss Travel Pass (www.swisstravelsystem.com), which provides unlimited travel during a designated time period, or specific travel days during a longer stay.

For travelers who prefer a prearranged route and hotels, an 8-day/7-night package is available that includes all the train travel, 3-star hotel accommodations, plus the off-route excursion to the top of the Jungfrau from Interlaken, an incredible value.

By Nick Malgieri – Full Story at Passport

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Switzerland – Food On the Go

Author: , January 20th, 2016

E;vetino

Switzerland’s always-on-time transportation system can get you across the country on a fast train, up to the top of a mountain via ski lift, cable car, or cog railway, or around a lake for a leisurely cruise, and in many cases even provide you with a great meal in the process. Most of the country’s trains are part of the SBB (Schweizerische Bundesbahn, Swiss Federal Railway system, www.sbb.ch) and connect with local buses, local railways, municipal light rail (tram) systems, and lake and riverboats, making door-to-door travel as easy as consulting an uncomplicated schedule online or at the station.

If grabbing a quick meal on the way to catch your train or even at the station isn’t an option, remember that many Swiss trains offer onboard food service, either from an “elvetino” cart that makes the rounds several times during longer trips on inter-city (IC) and inter-regional (IR) trains.

Elvetino, an international company based in Zuerich, is a subsidiary of the SBB and provides 15 point-of-sale counters in train stations in Switzerland, about 100 mini-bar-style food carts, and 88 dining cars on Swiss trains as well as on some international routes that originate in or pass through Switzerland. Elvetino carts come equipped with mineral water, Coke products and Swiss soft drinks, bottled fruit juices, wine and beer, and freshly made coffee, decaf, and tea. A variety of sandwiches and snack foods, both salty and sweet, are also available.

By Nick Malgieri – Full Story at Passport

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Gay Travel: The Swiss Alps

Author: , May 24th, 2015

Zermatt, SwitzerlandIn the recent film Clouds of Sils Maria, Juliet Binoche plays an anxiety ridden, aging actress tackling a part in a play she resents having agreed to appear in. To escape the pressures of her situation and to rehearse, she finds some peace and calm in the mountains of the Engadine region in the Swiss Alps. In a defining moment of the film, she stands on a mountaintop with her trusted assistant and confidant played by Kristen Stewart and intensely searches for a line of clouds that move like a snake and dramatically envelope the mountains with magical effect.

My partner and I were invited to a grand birthday celebration last August in the legendary mountains Binoche was so enamored with in the movie. We landed in Zurich and took three trains to get to our village. The train ride was a great introduction to the jaw dropping scenery and I barely got through 2 pages of my novel because I didn’t want to miss a thing. There was a 20 minute wait in between one of the trains, so we went to the convenience store to buy some local cheese and to breathe in the fresh mountain air, so appreciated after the polluted and still air of Paris in the summer.

Our final train ot the day brought us to Scuol, one of the larger villages in the Lower Engadine region, with a population of 2,400. Its most famous attraction is the mineral springs and thermal baths that attract preople from around the world

By Richard Nahem – Full Story at Passport | Switzerland Gay Travel Resources

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