I can count the number of things that we could do on a weekend back home, but in Geneva, this proved to be a little challenging especially when most of the stores are closed on Sunday. While I used to live for the weekends, we now find ourselves actually planning in advance the activities to fill our weekends for fear of being too bored or wasting the entire 2 free days away.
Watching a movie should seem relatively easy except for a couple of things. One, there aren’t too many cinemas here in Geneva. Two, some of the movie screenings are in French so while booking for a movie, we’ll have to make sure that it’s in the original language.
It wasn’t our first time at the movies. We watched X-Men: First Class last year at Pathe Balexert. Getting to the cinema proved to be rather adventurous as some of the exits to the cinema were closed. But we eventually made it to the movie just in time before the credits rolled. We were not able to choose our seats so we ended up sitting in the front row, stretching our necks to catch a piece of Professor Xavier in action. That marred our experience a little so we haven’t been back since.
We had planned on going snowboarding on Sunday but the weather wasn’t on our side. So, the morning was spent on blogging and catching up on reading blogs. It turned out that S from Schwingen in Switzerland recently went to the local cinema to catch ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ so I decided to check out what movies were screening at the cinema she recommended for that was something that we could fill the rest of our day with.
Great, they were showing ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ -a movie that I had been wanting to catch at the Astor Film Lounge. I reserved the tickets on-line and was pretty excited about our afternoon of movie activity.
Going to the movies in Switzerland isn’t exactly cheap but at CHF 18 (approx. SG 25) for a ticket that comes with a free alcoholic beverage, I say this was definitely a STEAL! We arrived at the cinema a little earlier to hang around at the plush lounge and enjoy our free cocktail.
The theatre was pretty neat as well. Loved the leather seats that allowed us to recline while watching the movie. And if you’re feeling cold, you could help yourself to some of the blankets and keep warm. You could also order some food and ice-cream from your seat but there was no popcorn. Darn! Popcorn and movies go hand-in-hand, how could they not have popcorn? Hmm, perhaps I could ‘smuggle’ my own snacks the next time? But I guess this movie experience was soo.. good that it kinda reminded me of the Gold Class Movie experience at Golden Village back home. Looks like I wouldn’t mind hanging out here and watching a movie on my own the next time.