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Life's a beach!

Explore Switzerland // By WRS // June 30, 2016

From yoga on the lakeshore to an exhilarating river rush... Dive into an outdoor summer of fun with the WRS team!

Life's a beach!

Life's a Beach - Hansine Johnston

Katt Cullen - Mid Morning Mix Presenter

WRS Mid Morning Mix Presenter Katt Cullen executes a tricky lakeside yoga pose...

Yoga seems to make people feel good. With so many glowing recommendations - and Annecy lakeshore calling - I decided to give it a bash. At first, I was a bit put off by all the meditation malarkey. But I have to say, I’m starting to get it! So this summer you’ll find me doing my salutations to the sun and downward dogs at the end of a little wooden dock, breathing in the fresh air and bathing in feel-good vibes.

Hester Macdonald - Dig It!

WRS Dig It! Contributor Hester Macdonald looks forward to wild swimming...

If you find yourself in Bern this summer don’t miss out on a dip in the legendary Freibad Marzili. And there’s a clue in the name – it’s free! This fantastic riverside swimming complex is as much part of Bern as the bears and the restaurant does a roaring trade in chips and ice creams. But the real draw is the river Aare. Brave bathers wander up the well-trodden riverbank then hurl themselves into the water to bob and swim all the way back!

Steve Priestley - DriveTime Presenter

WRS DriveTime Presenter Steve Priestley grabs his trainers for an early morning run...

In a location where we’re absolutely spoilt for choice with epic scenery, one of my enduring favourites is a morning run along the lakeshore. Just head over the pont du Mont Blanc, turn left and park for free near Genève Plage. With an amazing backdrop of the Jet d’Eau and the Old Town, plus the St Pierre Cathedral gleaming in the distance, it’s an inspirational start to a traffic-free run along the Port Noir. Now that’s what I call an energising start to the day!

Ian Smith - Commercial Director

WRS Commercial Director Ian Smith raises his game...

For me, life’s not so much a beach in summer - it’s more a sand trap! Time to dust off the golf bag, polish up the Footjoys, uncover the trusty 3-wood, and head down to the driving range ...For a great course lay-out it has to be the Golf Club de Maison Blanche at Echenevex, near Gex, while the spectacular views from Golfparc at Signal de Bougy take some beating. Will I conquer my fear of public humiliation in time for the 2016 WRS Golf Championship?

Paul Bristow - Gadget Guru

WRS Gadget Guru Contributor Paul Bristow brings WRS the latest tech on two wheels...

When it comes to summer I get on my bike. And, no, not an electric bike, just a standard 21-speed VTC. This is perfect for exploring and I’ve found a local cycle group organising easy rides on quiet, car-free routes - no GPS required!

Go to the Canton of Geneva website and checkout se déplacer à vélo: suivez la piste!

Isabelle Cornet - Publication Manager

WRS Publication Manager Isabelle Cornet enjoys a mystery at Yverdon...

For a fascinating walk with a touch of mystery, wander through the menhirs at Clendy, on the lakeshore at Yverdon-les-Bains. No-one quite knows how or why these ancient stone blocks arrived here, but they stand in a strange oval formation that dates back 6,000 years! Yverdon beach is also nearby (with café) – perfect for a family outing.

Mark Butcher - WRS Director and Breakfast Show Presenter

WRS Director and Butcher's Breakfast Presenter Mark Butcher on rustling up the perfect summer sausages...

Nothing beats a BBQ by the lake. I’m not big into hiking - or any form of long distance walking really - but I do enjoy wandering down to the lake with a couple of cool boxes; one with food, one with beer. There’s a big sense of satisfaction in finding a secluded spot (not telling you where!), and the best part of a BBQ? Watching the charcoal heat up! There’s only one thing to do – wait. And open a beer.

Trudi Hayes - Marketing Consultant

WRS Marketing Consultant Trudi Hayes cools off in the mountains...

During the summer there’s nowhere quite like La Clusaz in the French Alps – with the fabulous Espace Aquatique des Aravis. The heated indoor-outdoor pool has stunning mountain views – plus hammam and sauna! For a great family day follow a swim with summer sledging and a walk into town for a Savoyarde tartiflette.

Hansine Johnston - Style File Presenter

WRS Style File Presenter Hansine Johnston kicks back in Nyon...

I love beach bars that have that laid-back, barefoot vibe so my favourite Nyon hangout is newbie, Le Jettée. Decidedly shabby-chic, there’s a surf-shack feel with blue and white painted boards, wooden stools and the odd Fatboy for lounging. The caipirinhas have a kick and you can enjoy tapas and plates of ham and cheese served by friendly young staff. A little bit of Ibiza right on your doorstep!

Megan Lawler - Business Development Manager

WRS Business Development Manager Megan Lawler heads for the hill...

I’m all about staycations on summer weekends and when the sun is shining you’ll find me teeing off for 18 holes at Jiva Hill Resort near Gex. And after my game I’ll grab a burger and fries and relax on the terrace, or book a Spa massage and unwind by the pool. And this year I’m water skiing on their lake, can’t wait!

Katy Dartford - News Editor

WRS News Editor Katy Dartford loves a mountain hike...

For me summer is about getting out and enjoying all the activities the mountains have to offer. I head to Chamonix and go trail running, climbing, mountain biking or even paragliding! One of my favourite walks/runs is from the top of the Montenvers railway and heading over the mid station of the Aiguille du Midi lift. It’s not too uphill, but gets you some altitude. Then just chilling with a demi pêche in the sunshine in some of the local bars such as Elevation 1904, Moo or La Terrace.

© Geneva Yoga Art Festival

This article was published in our summer 2016 issue of VOICE magazine. Pick up your free copy today.

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