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What are some of the “things” or activities that residents of the Lake Geneva Region do for fun?

bikers at the Lake Geneva Region
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ANSWER: With its beautiful landscape, the Lake Geneva Region is ideal for a whole range of sporting activities. The residents especially like to walk or bike and enjoy more than 3,000 kilometers of marked roads and paths. The Alps (Château-d’Oex, Leysin, Les Diablerets/Villars) are a paradise for mountain-biking enthusiasts in Summer, and for skiers and snowboarders in Winter.

What's one thing the public probably does NOT know about the Lake Geneva Region?

harvesting grapes at a vineyard overlooking Lake Geneva
Photo courtesy of Lake Geneva Region

ANSWER: With nearly 4,000 hectares of vineyards, the Lake Geneva Region is the second biggest wine region in Switzerland! Winegrowers produce nearly 40 million bottles per year in 6 wine-producing areas AOC (controlled appellation): Lavaux, Chablais, La Côte, Côtes de l’Orbe, Bonvillars and Vully. Nearly all wine-producing villages have their own cellars. These are a showcase for the wines produced in a region where visitors can sample different vintages and local foods in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

What has the Lake Geneva Region contributed to the world?

terraced vineyards on a hillside overlooking Lake Geneva
Photo courtesy of Lake Geneva Region

ANSWER: One of the region’s wine-producing areas, Lavaux, has been confirmed on 28 June 2007 as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Lavaux is not only an ancient vineyard, but also a living “cultural site”. In this respect, Lavaux offers an exceptional landscape, created by human genius respectful of the environment, where the king of architecture and technologies developed are perfectly integrated within their natural surroundings.

For further information about Lake Geneva Region, click-on: www.lake-geneva-region.ch/en

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Ed Boitano's travel blog/review
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Charlie Chaplin and the Chaplin Museum
Lake Geneva/ Matterhorn Region and Switzerland Tourism recently blew into Los Angeles with the most esteemed guest, Eugene Chaplin. A man of remarkable lineage, he is the fifth child of Oona O'Neill and Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, the grandson of playwright Eugene O'Neill, the brother of Geraldine Chaplin and father of actress/model Kiera Chaplin.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
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a dolmen at The Burren

The Palladian Traveler ventures back to the days of fearless Celtic warriors to search for some "stones to take you home" as he files his latest dispatch from the monochromatic moonscape known as The Burren.

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John Clayton's travel blog/review
Buckingham Palace – It's THE Most Popular Tour in Great Britain (Part 2 of a 2-Part Series)

Buckingham Palace exit
Is it more momentous for a Brit to do the Buckingham Palace tour than say an American or indeed any other nationality? Yes, I know that's an odd question, but if you grow up – as I did – in London back in the 1950s, getting inside Buckingham Palace was the stuff of dreams. Hence my surprise at touring BP in 2005.

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Paradise on Earth: The Romance of Tahiti and Her Islands

aurora borealis lights up the night sky near Fairbanks
The first thing you notice is the fragrance. The intoxicating perfume of the tiare flower announces to your senses that you are in a magical place, overflowing with tropical vegetation and soothing trade winds. It is the same fragrance that the English seamen on the HMS Bounty also first encountered; but they came, not for flowers, but for breadfruit, intended as a new food staple for their slaves in the West Indies.

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Christmas card
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Fyllis Hockman's travel blog/review
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Venice street musicians
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a scene from the documentary 'My Hero Brother'

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The Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur

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Leviticus 20:13
Sent by Tom of Pasadena, CA

It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana was legalized in the last election. Leviticus 20:13 states
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