THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN: A book to read to on a long journey

Reading The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann, is like going on a journey. You arrive in the Swiss Alps, feel the light breeze and breath in the deep air.

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The book follows the routine of the lead character in minute detail, and as you get to know Hans Castorp, you also connect with the environment around him.

The passage of time is slow; the days repetitive. As you turn page after page (the book is quite long) you start to feel like you’re in the mountains too.

Some books stay with you long after you’ve finished reading them. This is on of them.

Take it with you when you go on a long trip!



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I have a good friend in Geneva so I go there on occasion. Although it is a beautiful place (especially in the summer), I feel it doesn’t have that much to offer.

Travelling around, on the other hand, is always a great experience.

This time around we visited Annecy, in France, about 25 miles south of Geneva. It is a great road trip with incredible views along the way.

geneva18_for webBut first things first: the great thing about crossing the border to France is you get amazing bakeries straighaway. Our local stop is Merveilles de Pain in St Julien, just across the French border.

Along the way to Annecy we stopped to look at the views over the old bridge.

 We then sipped wine wine at Les Terrasses du Lac, which has beautiful views over the lake.
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Annecy itself is the perfect French town, very nice and actually quite touristic although I’d never heard about it.

On our way back to Geneva we stopped to get photos of the double rainbow over the mountains.geneva14_for web

In the evening, it was time to drink some Aperol Spritz by the river, before making our way to La Caravane Passe, a delicious Lebanese restaurant.

What a beautiful day!

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  • Getting there: There are lots of flights from London to Geneva, and the trip takes about 2h.
  • Travelling around: A car is the best option to explore the border with France. Alternatively, a train trip through Switzerland is an equally beautiful adventure.
  • When to go: This is a perfect break for spring and summer, when the weather is nice and temperatures mild. Switzerland also has lots to offer in the winter for those who like skiing (I don’t).