Pearls In Geneva This Autumn
September 13, 2011
Lake Geneva is calm, reflecting the rich colours of Autumn trees, and the mood is peaceful and beautiful. If you are visiting Geneva, here is a short walk through this international centre of luxury.
Begin the day at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues on the corner of Lake Geneva. This hotel has been a city landmark since 1834 with its affluent setting and breathtaking views. Breakfast is a rich and creamy croissant, dipped in a frothy cappuccino. To match the quiet and sophisticated atmosphere, wear a pearl necklace, perhaps white freshwater pearls with a diamond clasp.
If you are visiting on November 11 or 12th, do not miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the world's most famous pearls La Peregrina, which is on display at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues as part of the international tour celebrating Elizabeth Taylor's life and collections.
The oldest part of the town is a short promenade away over the Pont des Bergues to the South Bank, also known as the Rive Gauche. The Rue du Marché and its adjacent streets are filled with the most famous and luxurious jewellers and watchmakers in the world. Stop to browse at the latest jewellery and watch trends from Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Bulgari, de Grisogono and Adler. Wear an Akoya pearl necklace as pearl jewellery stays in style beyond a season's trends.
For lunch, climb up to Brasserie LIPP, just off the main shopping street. This buzzing restaurant is renowned in the city for its seafood menu and Autumn is ideal for eating oysters. If the Autumn sun is kind, climb further into the heart of the old town. Coffee on the terrace of the Café du Bourg de Four is a relaxing way to absorb the historical charm of Geneva.
From the heights of the old town, drop down towards Place Neuve for a short walk to the Patek Phillippe Museum. The museum is located in a beautifully renovated building, dating from the early 20th century, and here you discover the history and craftsmanship of this prestigious watchmaker.
Finally, finish the day by booking a table at the Café des Bains, a contemporary restaurant and bar. The cosy and simple design is a reminder of the ‘bistrot de quartier’ that this neighbourhood favourite used to be. To enjoy with a delicious dinner, wear our modern Tahitian pearl earrings.
Autumn in Geneva is wonderful, but our next stop is Paris...