Martingy, Switzerland

A picturesque old-timey Swiss town situation in a valley of the precipice of some major mountains, including Les Diablreets. The windy (it’s a valley) village is welcoming with ancient store fronts well-poised with wine bar after restaurant after wine bar. With the Gianadda Foundation and St. Bernard rescue it’s as easy to spend a day…

Alma- Geneva

After living in Switzerland for nearly two years, I finally, FINALLY tried the restaurant Alma in Eaux Vives. Why had I waited so long??? This was hands down the best meal I’ve had in Geneva. I already can’t wait to go back. The decor is perfectly upbeat and tropical. They really push pisco sours on…

Hotel Ruby Claire- Geneva

After taking a night to myself in Geneva at the new Ruby Claire hotel, I returned to a charge on my credit card called just “Claire.” Had I booked a lady of the night and forgotten? She’s not really my type, but this could make for a strange expense report exchange with your employer. This…

Happy Days- Nyon

Monday, Tuesday, Happy Days! (insert further song lyrics here if you care to). Nyon hosts an “American diner” after the owners fell in love with American breakfast, doing research by travelling all over the US taste testing pancakes. Not a bad gig. They brought their findings (and a whole lot of memorabilia) back to Nyon…

Cafe de Chateau de Prangins

The village just to the east of Nyon, Prangins, has a beautiful chateau that’s a national museum. It hosts an array of period furnishings if that’s your thing. Better yet, it also hosts brunch, which luckily is a lot of peoples’ thing. A quick bus ride or long walk from Nyon, the chateau seemed to…

Chalet d’Adrien- Verbier

An absolute MUST for a phenomenal (re: pricey) brunch is a reservation at Chalet d’Adrien. Absolutely worth the $99 a head splurge. Linger for hours over table after table of food where NOTHING you taste is even remotely ‘meh’. The wine service is very attentive and the views are breath taking. You can walk it…

Experimental Chalet- Verbier

The Experimental Chalet is the perfect place to stay in Verbier- sleepy location that’s a great walking distance from the festive apres-skis and restaurants of the slightly more central area. The staff is immensely wonderful, accommodating any request without hesitation. I’d stay here again and again, and well, I have actually. Maybe even in the…

The Shed- Verbier

As soon as we arrived in Verbier, we basically just made a beeline for The Shed, awaiting it’s opening hours. During that time we ran into a couple friends who were dutifully the first customers there because they “dream about this place.” I can see way. Classic American rock music supports a just dark and…

Neuchatel, Switzerland

Ah, Neuchatel- people just love this place! I had to find out for myself as it had been on the short list for some time. Perhaps it would have been better with a local or an activity in mind, but Neuchatel was some old buildings not so far from water. Charming, for instance the one…

Morges, Switzerland

A meandering park along the deposits you in one of two flower festivals held throughout the year. Pass old homes, a casino, and plenty of dining options along the way. Opt for a less stuffy lunch by dining in the town center just a block behind the grand dames of the lakeside and find yourself…

Le Bologne- Geneva

After my first week of “hard” chemo, an easy treat seemed to be a fancy lady lunch out at Le Bologne, a Geneva resto that’s been on my list for some time. The real plan was to follow this with a trip to the art museum (finally) but just couldn’t seem to get myself there!…

Chiche ou Pas Chiche- Geneva

Chiche (chic) or not chic… that is the question. Actually, the question is what does this really mean??? Also, why haven’t I been here before?? A charming patio just off of the park in Plainpalais and an easily-Instagrammable interior coupled with delicious food- finally, I could have a go-to lunch/brunch spot in Geneva! We were…