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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.

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Ed Boitano's travel blog/review
Eugene Chaplin Introduces Chaplin's World Museum in Vevey, Switzerland

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
Treasures of Ireland: Piped Inside Ashford Castle (Dispatch #16)

sunset at Galway Bay

The Palladian Traveler enters into a world of regal elegance wrapped in Irish charm as he files his latest dispatch from inside one of the Emerald Isle's most storied fortresses.

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John Clayton's travel blog/review
Chuuk + Wrecks = Scuba Divers' Paradise

WW2 Japanese tank at the bottom of Chuuk Lagoon
As we dropped down to 25,000 feet I saw one of the most extraordinary panoramas I'd ever been lucky enough to witness. The majesty of it all and the stunning vistas that lay below and before me were spectacular. It was as beautiful as spring's first rose, and it made me understand why so many pilots on commercial jetliners love their job; they get to see so many awe-inspiring sights from the cockpit. My view was that of a vast vista of the Pacific.

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Ringo Boitano's travel blog/review
Highway 49 Revisited: Exploring California's Gold Country

aurora borealis lights up the night sky near Fairbanks
In the 1840s, the population of California was only 14,000, but by 1850 more than 100,000 settlers and adventurers had arrived from all over the world – and they came for one reason: gold. James Marshall had discovered the first gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in El Dorado County, creating the largest gold rush in history.

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Eric Anderson's travel blog/review
Lake Charles’ Family-Size Low-Key Mardi Gras

dressed-up for the Mardi Gras
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Fyllis Hockman's travel blog/review
Cedar Hill: Frederick Douglass' Home is as Imposing as the Man who Lived There

Cedar Hill, Washington DC
Having recently received a misguided shout-out from the president during Black History Month – Frederick Douglass has done an amazing job... – it seems a good time to revisit the cultural icon's legitimate place in history. And a visit to his home in Washington, DC – surely a place the current president might want to consider visiting himself – would be a good place to start.

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Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, Lancaster

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Film Review: "My Hero Brother" – A Tribute to the Human Spirit

a scene from the documentary 'My Hero Brother'

I just spent five days attending the Santa Barbara Film Festival and for the most part, the features, animated shorts, and documentaries were quite professional and compelling. That said, "My Hero Brother," a documentary that was particularly outstanding, told the remarkable and inspiring story about a group of Down syndrome young men and women who go on a two-week trek through the Himalayas with their non-Down syndrome siblings.

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La Paz, Baja California Sur

The Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur

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Raoul Pascual's travel blog
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
"If a man lays with another man, he should be stoned..." We've been interpreting it wrong all these years!

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