5 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN GENEVA – VALENTINES DAY 2019
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Credit Main photo: Local Flavours Tours
by Chené Koscielny, Linda Gummery, Alexandra Belz
Whether you’re still flush with love or your romance needs a few fresh sparks, Valentines Day is a good opportunity to reignite or fuel the flame. Single? Surprise someone you fancy with a special treat or invitation or send yourself a gift of love.
We have collected a few special ways to say I love you. We think they offer a slightly different take on some Valentines Day and Geneva clichés.
CHOCOLATE FLAVOURS TOUR – Local Flavours Tours – GET 20% OFF!
Nothing says I love you quite like chocolate – OK, maybe diamonds, but chocolates will go a long way. What can be more romantic than exploring Geneva’s chocolate and culture with your sweetheart in a deliciously sweet walking tour? We LOVE this idea!
The Local Flavours chocolate tour in Geneva allows you to connect with the essence of our city, not only by tasting award-winning chocolates and chocolate creations, but also getting a behind the scenes look at the city, discovering gems that even locals don’t know about.
You’ll visit some of the city’s best artisanal chocolateries – from traditional to modern. You’ll experience chocolate in all shapes and forms: from chocolate pralines, to truffles, ganaches, drinking chocolate and pastry.
During the tour you will learn the secrets of the origins and manufacturing of chocolate, as well as the history of Swiss chocolate.
You will also visit the old town, hear anecdotes and stories about Geneva that are not in any guidebooks, and experience the city’s most important tradition – breaking the chocolate “marmite” (cauldron).
Their promise: You will be completely chocolate-ed out by the end of the tour! Now, if that doesn’t say LOVE!
COST CHF95 per person.
20% VALENTINES DAY DISCOUNT EXCLUSIVE TO OUR READERS.
Enter the discount code TTD GENEVA when you book on line at www.localflavourstours.com in the section Add promo or e-certificate code.The discount is valid for purchases made until 28 February 2019 and for tours happening between 8 February-30 April 2019. The discount can’t be combined with other offers.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – tour starts at 10am and lasts for 3 hours.
Book your tour online paying by credit card. All the info will be sent to you beforehand.
FRESH FLOWERS AT PRICES YOU’LL LOVE – Bouvard Fleurs
If it’s roses you’re after – or any other flower for that matter – you will not find a better place than Bouvard Fleurs. They are wholesalers whose main business is catering for weddings and events, but as we discovered – they also sell to the public. For Valentines Day they have imported no less than 64,000 roses!
For VALENTINES DAY they have designed a special bouquet with an Imperial candle, which has a necklace and bracelet hidden inside, or a bath bomb with earrings. The perfect from me to me Valentines gift, we think!
(Cost from CHF80-150) Check out their site for more details.
They’ll take orders online (even in English) right up until the day before and still deliver on Valentine’s Day in Geneva.
Our writer Linda Gummery stumbled across Bouvard Fleurs due to a sat nav error, as you do.
“I found myself sitting outside a barn in a field near Perly-Certoux watching bunches of the most amazing flowers being loaded into florists’ vans. I plucked up all my courage and ventured inside to ask (in my very basic French) if they would sell to me. This was how I discovered one of Geneva’s best kept secrets.”
Bouvard Fleurs sells 15 000 roses every week not counting the exotic flowers, the lilies, the house plants and everything else you can think of and if they don’t have it they’ll order it for you.
They arrange flowers for over 60 weddings a year as well as hotels and offices, but also ofer weekly arrangements for your home (vase and all) starting at CHF35 including delivery if you live in Geneva.
Route de Base, 74
1258 Perly Certoux
Their website, newsletter, Facebook and Instagram accounts have details of regular special offers.
LOVE IS… A COUPLES WORKOUT AND MASSAGE – Wellness Only, Geneva
In the Old Town in a beautiful historical building with exposed brick and loads of natural light, a very interesting new fitness studio has seen the light, run by the charming Gisela Vargas.
What we love about this studio, apart from the location, is the personal attention and the interesting mix of fitness classes. Apart from pilates, yoga, boxing, kickboxing and fitness training, they also offer a body art and body ballet class.
We tried the body ballet class, making ballet accessible to all, and it was great fun! We still feel our legs and arms 3 days later!
Their VALENTINES DAY OFFER is ideal for healthy couples, who want to share a private workout for two (choose between fitness, pilates, yoga or body art) followed by a 45 minute massage each and a healthy cocktail at the end.
Dates available: 14th February and Sunday 17th February 2019
RSVP before the 12th of February.
5 Place Bourg de Four
Tel. 078 712 04 63
JEWELLERY WITHOUT THE BLING FACTOR AND THE PRICE TAG – Mio Lanza
There will always be something special about opening a jewellery box from someone you love. But we don’t believe you should measure love by the bling factor or the price tag, particularly in Geneva.
So much more important, is that the gift is individual and has been chosen with love to say something about you.
That’s why we love Mio Lanza. The pieces are handmade and unique. The creator, Mariona Lanza who hails from Barcelona, uses semi-precious and precious stones in combination with silver and gold for the designs of her beautiful necklaces and bracelets. Packed in a velvet pouch and a beautiful beige, elegant looking box with a blue ribbon, this spells LOVE in capital letters, no?
Prices vary from CHF70–150 for a necklace or a bit more for designs with diamonds (from CHF200–500)
You can order online or visit the creator’s permanent corner shop concept in Globus. The jewellery is also available in two local boutiques, L’Hêtre and Mademoiselle Jeanne. (See addresses below)
Globus, Rue du Rhône 48, 1204 Geneva
L`Hêtre, Rue des Chaudronniers 5, 1204 Geneva
Mademoiselle Jeanne, Rue du Port 8, 1204 Geneva
Online shopping: www.miolanza.com
If you’re single or broke, a bit of improv on Valentine’s night may just provide the spark you need.
We love the Renegade Saints. They are a fun bunch and if you’re on a first date, you’ll definitely have a good laugh together – always a good start!
We fell for their VALENTINES DAY ‘pick-up line’ on Facebook:
“Um, hi. We were wondering whether you had plans for Valentine’s Day yet. If not *stares at floor and blushes*, um, would you like to be our Valentine and come to the improv? Yup, the Renegade Saints will be taking to the stage this Valentine’s Day and [comedic] sparks will fly! So come along and bring a friend, and remember that 11 out of 12 love gurus say that improv-induced laughter adds 30 minutes to your life and a fetching sparkle to your eye.”
Mr Pickwick’s Pub
14h of February
Doors open at 19h30
Show starts at 20h00
Tickets are 10CHF at the door (cash only)
On this site.