Life is in the detail

Geneva is more than just cuckoo clocks, bankers and the UN; there are buckets of history, from the beginnings of Calvinism to the Geneva Convention and the story of Catherine Cheynel who, legend has it, saved the city from invasion by pouring a cauldron of boiling hot soup over the invading army, some truly excellent museums (spend 10CHF and an afternoon wandering around the Patek Phillipe Museum), and at least a dozen excellent burger restaurants, a chocolate spa (!) and champagne fondue.

Abby - Original Traveller

Abby Hennell James

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Europe and North America.

My travels


Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Eat (and drink) my way around Italy
  • Learn to play Polo in Argentina
  • Chilean wine spa, anyone?
  • Go back to Napa Valley now that I'm actually old enough to drink the wine!

Best Moments

  • Watching the sun set over El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, and then immediately seeing a black bear (well, its back end) as we made our way back to the lodge.
  • Eating a picnic of pizza and pignoletto (the local sparkling wine) in the hills after hiking to the Santuario di San Luca outside Bologna.
  • Sitting on a train going through the Swiss Alps and watching the sun come up between the snow capped mountains.
  • Watching Casablanca under the stars in Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, with my best friends and lots of pizza and prosecco. And getting to watch the goddess that is Isabella Rosselinni introduce the film.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • A hike up Le Salève in France. What we were told would be a gentle walk in the hills turned out to be a four hour climb up a mountain in 30C heat, although the view (and ice cream) more than made up for the Herculean effort involved. Suffice to say that the next time, we took the gondola!

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Taking to overnight train from Bologna to Vienna, sharing a compartment with three nuns, and having no idea what was going on when it stopped for an hour and a half in a drizzly Austrian field with no explanation.

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