Claude Monet Exhibition

Those who did not come with us to the Claude Monet Exhibition at the Beyeler Museum in Riehen on 26 April really missed a treat. Monet was masterful as a colourist and as a painter of light and atmosphere. His observations of the same subject, viewed at various times of the day, were captured in […]

La Maison De La Cloche Visit

At the village of Juriens, in the Pied du Jura, is a magnificent private collection of Swiss cow bells, some dating back to the 1500s. On 26 April a small group of us discovered this treasure hidden behind barn doors. They are the property of Olivier Grandjean who greeted us warmly and led us to […]

Golf Day Chermignon

A great day out was had by the BRA group of Romandie East on Thursday 6th April. The group visited the public golf course at Chermignon d’en Bas (no handicap required), near Crans Montana. The sun was shining, the fairway trees were in full bloom, the greens were lush and the view was spectacular across […]

Visit to Monza

Eleven members of BRA from the Ticino travelled by minibus to Monza where we met up with two friends of Mike and Tulay De Morgan for the long-awaited visit to the Capella Teodolinda, the Duomo and its Museum. Due to a general strike in the transport system we had the museum, the duomo and the […]

Lunch and Wine Tasting Môtiers

Fifteen BRA members, coming from as far afield as Evian and Zug, travelled to Môtiers in the Val de Travers on a sunny Friday morning on 31 March.  Several of us came by train from Neuchâtel and enjoyed the views in the Gorges d’Areuse as we made our way up the valley to Môtiers.  We […]

Garden Visit

The garden was looking stunning on this mild, sunny, windless afternoon for the BRA visit.Amelia Smithers gave a short talk about her father’s creation, saying that often a garden dies when its owner dies but that in this case this was not at all true, since Sheila and Adolf are doing such a great job […]

Museum of the Reformation Visit

Discreetly located in a quiet corner of Geneva’s Old Town, next to the 857 years old cathedral of St. Pierre, is the International Museum of the Reformation. It retraces the 500 years’ history of the Reformation movement initiated by the German priest, Martin Luther, supported amongst others by the French theologian and pastor, Jean Calvin, […]

Zurich First Museum

A BRA group enjoyed a visit to this exhibition on 14 March, guided by two very knowledgeable English-speaking members of the Central Library staff.  The exhibition, housed in the dimly-lit chancel of the Prediger Kirche, provides insights into the history and intellectual development of Zurich.  In 1629 the town’s citizens set up its first public […]

Spring Lunch

Twenty-two of us met for our Spring Lunch on 4 March in Lugano with traditional roast lamb and mint sauce as the pièce de résistance.  It was good to see Nina and Max Hofman, who had braved the terrible weather to be with us, as well as four members who had arrived from Zurich and […]

Funi Fondue

On a very pleasant February evening, Friday the 10th. to be precise, 14 members assembled at the Funicular at La Coude. All were there promptly at 18:30 but then had to wait until 18:43 before the driver appeared for a start at 18:45. There was some confusion whether we had to get tickets for the […]