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Hoping for better weather than the summer of 2014, we thought that a few local outdoor swimming pools will keep you cool over the holidays if you remain in the area. Remember to call ahead to check if these outdoor pools are open when the weather is threatening. If you are a resident of the commune where the pool is located you may be eligible for a special discount. Check with the pools or the websites directly. ©Excerpt from Know-it-all passport® so This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us if you would like to replicate this list. All dates and prices are correct at the time of this article. Scroll down to see a selection in Vaud and neighboring France.

Outdoor Swimming Pools in Canton Geneva

Bains des Paquis
30, quai du Mont-Blanc
1201 Genève
022 732 29 74 main
022 738 16 16 restaurant
This lake beach offers a life guard, warm showers, changing rooms, toilets, and towel rentals. Hammams are open over the summer until 23 August (under renovation until 11 September, 2015) from 10h-19h; Fr. 10.- includes towel rental. Children must be accompanied by an adult. During summer open daily 10h-21h and Sundays 9h-21h. However the beach is accessible 24h/7. There are 2 sandpits for toddlers and kids as well as 2 wading areas (50cm deep) and 2 cordoned-off areas for swimmers. The beach is divided up into two areas: mixed or women only. Price: Fr. 2.-/adult, Fr. 1.-/child. The Restaurant Buvette des Bains is open year-round.


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In the village of Aigle, several historical sights can be visited, including the Church of St Maurice founded in 1138 (Eglise du Cloître) and rebuilt in the 15th century. Around the village of Aigle, there are wine cellars to visit and wine-tasting organized by owners. There are also many walking paths through the vineyards. Make sure to visit the Château d'Aigle (photo above). You are not far from Le Bouveret (Swiss Vapeur Parc listed below or Aquaparc in our article about swimming pools). 

Centre Mondial du Cyclisme
Ch. de la Mêlée 12
1860 Aigle
024 468 58 85
Guided photographic tour around the velodrome dedicated to the history of the Tour de France. Free visit of the hall of fame. Groups welcome upon prior reservation. You can have a “Track initiation” for groups of 5-6 people at Fr. 50.-/person for one hour. Watch the athletes cycling in the wooden velodrome at top speed! Or see them practicing on BMX bikes on the super olympic track. Open weekdays 7h30-19h, Saturday 9h-19h, Sunday 11h-19h. Restaurant on premises. Check before going.


Being in Europe, we are spoiled by the amount of castles on every hilltop and town center. How lucky we can just have so many at our doorstep. Whether with guests or your own family, you will surely find a few on this small list that we have taken out of our latest ©Know-it-all passport®!

Château d’Aigle and the Musée de la Vigne, du Vin et de l’Etiquette 
Place du Château 1 
1860 Aigle
024 466 21 30
Aigle Castle was built at the end of the 12th century and is situated in the middle of vineyards. It harbors a wine museum with old wine-making traditions and tools, as well as a terrific collection of wine labels. Note: It’s fun to go to Swiss Vapeur Parc (see below) in the morning through lunch (there is a mini Château d’Aigle there!), then drive over to the life-size Château d’Aigle in the afternoon. Price: Fr 11.-/adult, Fr. 5.-/age 9-16. Family and group packages available. Wine-tasting available with a souvenir wine glass starting at Fr. 25.-/person in addition to the entry price; prior reservation 10 days before and minimum of 10 people must be signed up. Open daily during summer 10h-18h.


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The offer is valid on flights booked before 31st December 2014 and tickets are valid for one year.  You can book an unlimited number of flights and receive the same discount for onward UK destinations.


As the Spring weather returns, what better time to treat yourself to a weekend break with family or friends? With the lake and mountains on your doorstep, you really don’t need to spend hours in the car traveling to your destination – in fact you don’t even need to drive! The Swiss train network covers most popular resorts along Lake Geneva, and if you choose your hotel carefully, then a pleasant 2 minute stroll is all you need to reach your destination!

For total relaxation, comfort, convenience and stunning views, we recommend you stay at the Eurotel Montreux.  Situated right on the lake front in Montreux, near to the railway station but with its own underground car park, this luxury 4-star hotel offers customers a warm welcome in a stylish setting.  The entrance foyer, restaurant and breakfast rooms, as well as many of the bedrooms have recently been redecorated – indeed, when I went to stay there at Easter with my family there was still a pervading smell of leather from the new furnishings!