The Geneva Countryside
My last trip to Geneva showed me that it is the place to visit whether you love the water, prefer a city break, are a nature affectionado or, in my case, gladly welcome all three. Let me explain…
Our lovely Guides for our weekend trip, Lucie and Julia from Geneva Live (the brilliant website by the Tourist Board), explained that welcoming each of these three aspects into your holiday will have you’ll feel totally re-energised when you find yourself back at your desk on Monday morning. A city alone can be pretty tiring, but with a bit of country air in your lungs (and, er, wine in your veins) thrown into the itinerary, you’ll be feeling a whole lot fresher. Now that I’ve experienced it, I totally see what they mean.
I talked about my favourite water-based things to do in Geneva in my last post (think rooftop pools and lake boating trips) but now to hero all things green. Welcome to the Geneva countryside.
Water water everywhere
When I was invited to join the tourist board on a trip to discover Switzerland’s city of Geneva, I was a little skeptical as to whether to go.
In truth, I wasn’t sure I was going to see much more than I had on my previous trip. I’d already tasted my way around the cute tea-rooms, scoured the Stockholm-esque vintage and record shops and taken approximately 2749 photos on Europe’s longest bench. That said, there was more of the old town that I wanted to scope out so with intrigue, I said yes.
What I hadn’t seen of Geneva it turns out, was a LOT. As I’ll show you on my trip, I discovered that Geneva is so much more than a city with a lake and a water jet (although that in itself earns itself this blog post). Geneva is a city where culture and heritage are here to be snapped up. Just take the International district – the European UN building is just a minute’s walk away from the impressively modern and emotionally arresting Red Cross museum. Then there’s the fact that it’s the perfect base to go exploring the countryside in the most millennial-friendly fashion and with the airport a mere 10 minutes away from the centre, you’re going to get a lot done on your weekend city break.
Places to visit in Mauritius
Welcome back to Mauritius, the island that brought us so much more than the dumb Dodo; think beautiful beaches, warm blue seas, waterlilies you could sit on, cute retro buses (and equally kitsch bus stops), Macaques that nab your lunch and locals who love colour even more than me.
If you’re intrigued to holiday here, I can’t recommend staying in any Attitude Hotel enough but you can read all about my favourite – The Ravenala right here. Now that you’ve got yourself a bed for the night, and you’ve swotted up on all you can do in the capital of Port Louis, you’re ready to EXPLORE!
Here are my favourite things we got up to on the Island.
Calling all couch-dodgers, list-lovers and weekend workers! Is ‘relaxing’ a term that doesn’t exist for you either? You’re in good company… I can’t relax.
I’m forever creating lists. Lists of jobs, tasks and things to do that when added up leave approximately 0 hours for that thing people call ‘down time’. It’s a problem. So much so that it drives my boyfriend mad (he’s a champion relaxer), leaves me with friendships I never tend to and a body and mind that never gets to actually stop.
A hotel with attitude
In my last blog post I welcomed you to the Island of Mauritius where I showed you around the capital of Port Louis but now, it’s time to chill. Away from the hustle and bustle of market stalls and motorbikes lie oasis of calm in the form of a Mauritius hotel named Attitude. Not ones to encourage you to spend your trip entirely horizontal, this group of Indian Ocean-side locations have a ‘get in there’ attitude; offering you authentic experiences outside of their resorts that will result in you leaving with some pretty unique and special memories.