Carouge is one of the municipalities of the Canton of Geneva.
Surface: 2.7 km2, highest elevation: 386 m (1,266 ft), population: (June 2014) 21,125 inhabitants and I am one of them!
I know, not everybody is interested in history, but I cannot leave it out. During my two years here I learned that the “Carougoise” are very proud of their past, et voilà:
In 1754 Carouge was ‘invented’ by the duke of Savoy envisioning it as a trading competitor to Geneva, just 2 km away, on the other side of the river Arve. Due to its religious tolerance the small hamlet quickly grew to a prosperous town of 4000 and became a refuge for Catholics and Jews and for Protestants tired of the puritan mentality ruling in Geneva.
These days I like to stroll through the criss-crossing streets and attractive buildings developed by Turinese architects. I took the photo above during a guided tour through the secret gardens of Carouge. If interested, please contact the town hall (website below). Or just try to take a glance yourself, you’ll certainly be surprised by the backyard gardens’ charm and beauty.
I discovered many secrets behind the facades of Carouge. Take your time to step into some of its boutiques. If you’re looking for something outstanding, an unusual gift, arts and crafts beyond mainstream boredom, a charming café or the nocturnal bustle with life music: Carouge is a refuge even nowadays, just in another way.
Soon: 130 boutiques open on Sundays 30 November and 7, 14 and 21 December 2014.