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Le Renard offers up the best tips for need-to-know addresses in Geneva

One of a few guest experts profiled in Le Renard, biologist and naturalist David Bärtschi of the Association La Libellule, which organizes nature excursions in the area, offers up his personal tips for local nature lovers.    When I passed through Gare Cornavin in Geneva last week I noticed that there are still copies available at the TPG office of the sixth edition of Le Renard sur la Lune, ed. 2014, in which the area’s favorite little fox sniffs out more than 1200 indispensable addresses in the Geneva area for us to explore and enjoy. A publication of the UNIRESO (rail, tram, bus and boat) transit authority linking greater Geneva with adjacent areas of Vaud Canton and neighbouring France, this 320-page paperback features the same funky retro look and offbeat humour as its sister publication, the biannual brochure Ou Bien?! Like that little magazine, Le Renard offers up practical info for getting around on the area’s public transport system, as well as bus and tram zone guides, and maps. However the main reason for letting the little fox out to …

Discover Geneva’s outdoor markets with help from a handy online guide

Outdoor markets have existed in the city for hundreds of years and many of the market gardeners (maraîchers) who ply their trade are but the latest generation in their family to do so. Likewise, over the years shopping habits have been passed down within families, so faces are familiar and greetings are often on a first name basis with warm handshakes attached. New faces are welcomed warmly and equally efficiently, with a brisk touch for all during peak hours (though there’s always time to share cooking advice). While supermarkets do their best to compete, nothing compares to the familial and familiar ambience of an outdoor market. To this add a lovely locale in one of the city’s leafy, cobblestoned town squares, in the shadow of a quaint church or nestled by a medieval fountain. The result is as much a rich social and historically-tinged experience as a satisfying culinary one. Most of all its about encouraging community, where people of all ages mingle, chat and sample. It’s not all about food, though. Geneva hosts some excellent flea markets offering antique books, porcelain, …