Life has been busy, travel has been adventurous, but Glamming the Globe is back! While we’ve been away, we’ve been spending time with family, undergoing many life changes, and of course… lots of travel. I can’t wait to show you some of our recent travels and share with you our tips and tricks for navigating the ever changing world of travel. And hey, did I mention that I’m a travel advisor now? If you’re looking for a bucket list trip, but don’t have time to plan it yourself, look no further and send me a note!
After a long flight, you’ll be itching to check-in to your hotel and get freshened up. And that’s exactly what we did.
The Ritz Carlton Hotel de la Paix
Now let me tell you. If you had asked me before our 10 day trip (which included the French Riviera) which location I was least excited about? I probably would have told you, Geneva. But, boy was I WRONG! I was so in awe of this city and the people that I’d gladly hop on a plane and move there tomorrow!
We opted for the Ritz Carlton Hotel de la Paix–and it was worth every penny. On the shores of Lake Geneva, this property is centrally located to just about everything you’ll want to explore.
In addition to the superior service from the team at Ritz Carlton are the comfy rooms, spiraling staircases, and delicious restaurants and bars. This hotel is a treat.
If you’re like me, you probably will be anxious to go explore what this town has to offer—and it certainly has a lot! I suggest starting out on foot to get acclimated. With a stroll along the water, a perfect stop along the way is the Four Seasons for a quick drink. After a long travel day, a crisp glass of Rosé is a must. This picturesque backdrop to enjoy a light snack and an adult beverage is a certainly a great way to start your vacation!
Following this, all you have to do is walk straight and you’re on your way to some fabulous shopping, delicious restaurants and chocolate shops, and of course, the famous water jet.
After a delightful view of the lake, it’s time to explore! From the Flower Clock to the cobblestone streets of Old Town Geneva, you won’t be bored. This afternoon is also the perfect time to schedule a one-hour private boat tour. You can schedule this through your concierge.
For dinner, we opted for a local spot, that was both entertaining and featured a fun quintessential Swiss cuisine– Hotel Edelweiss. They also have a live musician and ours was talented enough to play the guitar, accordion, and a Swiss horn!
On the second day of exploring Geneva, we were itching to go see the United Nations building. This was one of the highlights for me and I certainly recommend reserving a guided tour in advance to get a tour of the Palais des Nations.
Just steps outside is the Broken Chair. Much larger than I originally anticipated, this monument is sure to wow. Also nearby (5 minute walk) is the Red Cross Museum. We popped in to check it out, but as the tours are on the longer side and we had such limited time, we decided to pass.
Next up, we did probably one of my favorite activities to date… we visited La Bonbonnière for a private chocolate making experience! Not only do you get to make your own chocolate, but you get to taste their delicious and decadent truffles and chocolates. If you get the chance, request Remy for your chocolate experience! We learned so much about chocolate and laughed a lot along the way at our skills.
You even get to take a picture in your aprons, which then is printed on edible paper and placed on top of your chocolate bar. This is a fun (not to mention delicious) momento to bring home from your holiday!
By this point, we were feeling rather tired, but didn’t want to miss out on this special city. We decided to head over Old Town Geneva (only about a 5 minute walk from the Ritz).
We stumbled upon an antique bookshop and let me tell you, this place was special and immediately drew us in. I opted for an old piece of art, while we perused some books from the 1700s!
We then found the quirkiest bar right next door, 22 Grand Rue. The drinks were great, the service was stellar, and the vibe was fun.
After exploring some shops and looking at the beautiful Cathédrale St Pierre, we headed to our dinner reservations at Les Armures. Right in the middle of it all, with delicious food and drink, this was our favorite spot we went to. I highly recommend the pesto tortellini and their Swiss onion soup. I still think about these dishes often if I’m being honest.
After this, enjoy the late night stroll through Old town, check out the bars, and peaceful ambiance.
Following our 48 hours in Geneva, we decided to head to the south of France for a French Riviera get away, but Geneva is the most perfect spot to begin your travels!
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