Rhine Excursion

‘A group of some twenty-two BRA members and their guests set out just after nine a,m. on Saturday 9th Sept. on the motor vessel Thurgaufrom the quay in Schaffhausen to travel up stream to Stein am Rhein. This small medieval town is situated on the north bank of the Rhine, some sixteen kilometres up-sream, where the […]

Lunch & Castles Talk

In the footsteps of Othon de Grandson Lasting impressions with Robert Dean …. BRA Romandie East Luncheon Meeting and guest speaker Robert Dean…. On a blustery late summer day 26 BRA members and several distinguished guests met up from all corners of Switzerland to enjoy a delicious luncheon at the Hotel Forclaz-Touring in Martigny followed […]

Tour of Fribourg “Petit Train”

In spite of the pouring rain twelve brave BRA members met in Fribourg on 31 August and the long-awaited trip around Fribourg finally took place. Luckily the petit train was not open to the elements and although the windows steamed up we had a wonderful tour – through the old and new town and over […]

Summer Barbecue

Once again we celebrated summer on August 13th with our annual barbecue at the Eisweiherhütte in Riehen. Having been lucky in the past with the weather, this year again had lovely sunshine. A friendly crowd came together and sat around chatting at the tables set up outdoors in front of the hut in beautiful green […]

Scones & Strawberry Tea

Some 15 BRA members, both old and new, braved the cold and wet summer afternoon on 10 August to gather in the well-loved home of Joanna Koch for afternoon tea.  As we approached the front door, our senses were already being serenaded by the sweet-scented aroma of what lay ahead. Once inside, we were greeted by […]

The Blues with Joy !!

This was not just a Central Region event. Members from Basle, Geneva and Zurich made up the 17 who attended the enjoyable Lenk Jazz Weekend from 14-16 July where we stayed at the reasonably priced Wildstrubel Sporthotel, situated conveniently in the town centre. Members who got there early enough on the Friday appreciated the street […]

Outing to Monte Generoso

In the July heat wave Thursday 6th was no exception so, armed with sunglasses, protective cream, hats and sensible footwear, we met up at Capo Lago and boarded a packed carriage of the Mt. Generoso mountain railway. Soon we were looking down from the track that hugs an almost vertical rock face. Reassuringly, having passed […]

Fork & Bottle Lunch

The Fork & Bottle Restaurant’s big, shady garden at the edge of Zurich’s Allmend, with a wonderful view of the Uetliberg, was just what we needed on a very hot 6 July! There was a surprise for me as well: In the past the service had all-too-often been, let’s say, erratic but this time it […]

A Musical QBP

The balmy, sunny weather stayed with us on the evening of 27 June despite some threatening clouds on the horizon. We could enjoy the beautiful gardens of the Restaurant Belvoir Park in Zurich with its soft grass (although not good for high heels), herbacious borders and the backdrop of the elegant 19th century villa.   Deputy Ambassador […]

QBP & Croquet

Flaming June it certainly was, with temperatures in the low 30s. One tree in the Espace Bozon, had, however, been induced to give rather more shade by the additional of two pergolas. A brilliant piece of organization! A whole trailer-load of tables and benches were arranged in this welcome shade, to provide adequate space for […]