We discovered Carouge on our very first trip to Geneva in January. It is located just outside of the centre-city and has a distinct Mediterranean feel that is different than the rest of the city. Our first house-hunter told us it was that it was designed by Italian architects working on the main part of the city but weren’t allowed to live in the city proper and so they developed this settlement as housing for themselves. i haven’t found that story anywhere else, but nevertheless, Gabe and I really enjoy hanging out here because of its quaintness and beautiful streets. In fact, we even tried to live there but there were no apartments available.
On Saturdays they have market day in the main square, Place du Marche. So we headed there for a coffee, a walk around the market and then lunch at Cafe du Marche as our one meal out for the week.
When we first got there, they were doing a flash mob of Renaissance dancing as can be seen above. Those in costume started, and all the plain-clothed brave market goers joined into the fun .
We loved all the dried fruits, cheeses, available on market day in Carouge. I look forward to buying flowers here once we get our permanent place.
For other Geneva folks, Carouge is just a quick 5 minute tram ride on #12 from Rive to Marche.