Davidoff Brothers, since 1983 the coolest vintage store in Europe...Rue Verdaine 16 1204 Geneva 022 810 1983
Roy and Sacha(cha is cat in French which is why I of course love em:) owners...
When I ask if he ever gets tired? "Some days I open the door about 25 times and some days about 50 times. I love to greet the people." And does he ever get nervous with tons of people in the store and all of these precious items? "I know every watch in here since I've been collecting all of these years. And I know where they're at all times. Plus I can tell you a little secret. The only way you can get out of the door is the way you came in. If I open it." he laughs and I laugh to. The prisoner of the watch store!
Sacha says, "We did things the right way. We opened the online store almost 2 years and everybody used the online website and the reputation of us is great. And now the store and all of the online people come here now. "
"I worked everywhere in the world and recently 15 years in Miami and I worked for watch companies everywhere. We tried to open the store about 2 years now trying to find investors and finally we did it on an independant way. I am happy that the only person I owe is myself. I am glad that I waited." says Sacha the new proud owner of the 5 month old store. When I ask if the store has been here since 1983? He laughs, "I am born in 1983 that is why we have that here...people always ask if that means that the store is here since 1983!"
The restaurant manager pictured below is the greatest sport-having shown me the restaurant about 25 minutes, "Yes here we're serious here that means we're joking. We have fun. All the people that come from the politicians to the writers to the actors to the normal everyday tourists and residents. We treat everybody the way that they should be treated. Lovely service and friendly service. I say that we're the friendliest team and that is why people come here. And it is the oldest restaurant in Geneva. Known for its Swiss food and of course Fondue!" he says as he poses for me in front of the knight.
We peruse the famous Leopard Lounge of the 5star and he shows me the mixure of the elegant sitting lounges complete with fireplaces and a big screen television! "Yes Mr. Tollman wanted the TVs in here in such a event such as the Sporting Matches on television. Our guests can relax in the lounge and have a cigar in the smoking room and watch their favorite sports. Mr. Tollman has his own cigars here specially wrapped at about 145 swiss francs then. People can come enjoy the cigars in the smoking room." he says as he shows me that addition. "I know the lounge at night is famous with an outside entrance and is a little unusual compared to the 5star. We have live music every night and people start to really dance about midnight. You should come check it out." he says. (he is right everybody is dancing at 1 am...)
Jean-Vital holds up the 1848 priceless liquour, "Honestly if you gave me a 1848 or a 1925 I probably wouldn't know the difference. The real connoisseurs of great cognac and whiskey would know. The bottle here is about 500 Swiss per shot honestly." he says.
Another item on the tour agenda of the famous hotel is the roof! Yes I know yet the view here is from my camera of the harbor at Geneva. Cool huh?
I know it is a long weblink yet at least you can see the cool crepe bistro...loved the crepes I ate 3 of em:)
Every country and every city that I come to here at some point people question the newspaper and funny travel guide. I say to these people that is it fun. It is only to have fun and find the culture and real people of the cities that you visit. And they look at me! as if to say really=! Yes it is true. My international funny newspaper is to help you as a entreprenuer reach 3 million people every month that travel around the world and could perhaps be potentional guests.However every city some people say that no they dont want to participate in the paper. Okay so some do and some dont but the worst is Geneva. Take the articles above and they are the exceptions mostly since they're wealthy and privately owned companys. However the police in Geneva Switzerland are the worst participants of human trafficking anywere that I have physically been to in the last almost 4 years of doing the project.
The most disturbing thing is that after about the 6th day they aggressivley hounded me and when the hostel i was staying at had a 6 day only stay limit then they stood outside all day long and followed me with phones assuming i didnt have a place to stay that night. They kept asking each and every time where you staying during the interview and the last night I lied at the "spaghettie house" where they kept saying they would sponsor then kept giving me wine then a "friend" undercover cop comes in and they ask me to go with them to the restaurant and then they didnt sponsor and they asked me to go with them out and when I told them i had to go to sleep early they then asked where the hotel is and then at about 3 am since my friend owned the 5 star i saw them outside the window walking up and down the alleys since the hotel was full and i guess they couldnt afford the 500Euros 'per night rooms. It sounds simplistic but it was getting to the point of scary when each and every turn you would be walled and again and again and again. If it wasnt for western union I never would of got out of that city. The worst thing was the Geneva police were the ones behind the situations.
Okay the human trafficking side to Geneva...how do you tackle such a issue without actually becoming a part of it...here is how. Try spending 10 days at Geneva and see how it works such as I did the past 10 days.
Every time and I mean every time except for the exceptions of the above companys and I interviewed about 25 people every day. It was as if they were "coached". But after the second day I noticed in the subsequent days to follow that the so called business owners that I was supposedly interviewing were undercover cops. I saw 4 different ones at different times leaving the police stations in various parts of the city. Okay...then each and every time they would end the interview politely saying that the business only believed in word to mouth publicity and that they didnt do any newspaper publicity. Okay that isnt so bad but then...they each and every one would make comments! about "saying it is time to go on the street and it is time to go upstairs to the hotel that is where you can make the money and no no no go back on the street and where you staying tonight..." they tried to corner each and every sponsoring person and after the 4th day I noticed the pattern becomeing more aggressive and each and every time about 5 minutes after the interview if it wasnt a undercover cop they would recieve a phone call and a new person would take their place within about 5 more minutes...about 15 people per day would say I have to leave talk to such and such and they left and the undercover people would control the situation and force you outside. When I tried to get western union they aggressively followed me to western union and stood behind me talking in french to the ticket window who either would say that they're machine was down or finally ignore the person and give it to me.
Rue Rothschild 55 Geneva 022 544 38 38
The Peaceful Garden at the Hotel Jade in Geneva:notice the Buddha:)
My room faces the garden and is elegant and quiet. In addition there is
a private car park to all of the people living in the modern
world...however the minute you step into the Jade another world greets
entire theme is Chinese influence and is calm and soothing. The General
Manager is Mr. Silva showing me a picture of a Chinese man on the
dining room wall, "It is the first time that he ever left China. He came
here to America and designed the Feng Shui in all of the rooms." As I am playing with the sand garden in the lobby, "I thought it is Feng
Shui the minute I entered you can sense the serenity of it all."