Winter weather in Geneva can be a little depressing. With the alps to the south and the Jura mountain range to the north sandwiching Lake Geneva and the city, it’s not uncommon to go two or three weeks without seeing the sun as a thick, impenetrable fog settles in over the city.
It’s beautiful… at 4,000 feet!
So what can one to do to escape the dreariness? Throw some skis into the “boot” (that’s what they call car trunks over here) and head up into the mountains! Continue reading →
When I tell my American friends about life in Geneva, many assume the entire country is snowbound for much of the year. People think “Switzerland” in winter and they imagine the Alps, skiing, and powdered hot chocolate.
The truth is that snow in Geneva is a rarity. In fact, due to the tempering effects of Lake Léman, and surrounding mountains (the French Alps and the Jura Mountains) Geneva is pleasant almost year round. And the city is not perched high in the mountains, its altitude is a mere 1,225 feet. Its not a long trip in virtually any direction to get up into the mountains where there is plenty of snow, but you won’t find much in the city.
But on occasion, it does snow. And we just experienced our first “major” snowfall. Continue reading →