Dominique Ernst, Alpage Des Crêts Au Salève, Automne 2018. Ambiance De Pampa Argentine Sur Fond De Mont BlancDominique Ernst, Alpage Des Crêts Au Salève, Automne 2018. Ambiance De Pampa Argentine Sur Fond De Mont Blanc
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Dominique ErnstThe historian of the ‘Balcony of Geneva’

Dominique Ernst

The historian of the ‘Balcony of Geneva’

The Monts de Genève are full of extraordinary legends.
This is the never-ending source of inspiration for writer and news correspondent, Dominique Ernst.
This enthusiast for the region helps us to discover the incredible story of French Genevans through his writing.

Dominique Ernst, Alpage Des Crêts Au Salève, Automne 2018. Ambiance De Pampa Argentine Sur Fond De Mont BlancDominique Ernst, Alpage Des Crêts Au Salève, Automne 2018. Ambiance De Pampa Argentine Sur Fond De Mont Blanc

“You don’t have to travel far. The unbelievable is very close to home.”

Dominique Ernst
Et si vous étiez...
Monts de Genève

Les Voirons and Le Vuache

A place

L’Alpage de l’Iselet
(Salève, near Cruseilles)

A dish

Perch fillets

An activity

Writing

A perfect day

Hiking in the mountains, films and dining at a restaurant with family or friends

A song

Hallelujah
Jeff Buckley

 

Dominique Ernst

A writer

Dominique Ernst has been exploring the local legends for over 20 years. Originally from Geneva, he grew up in Monnetier, a village located between Petit and Grand-Salève. He later moved to Vers and this is where his writing work began. At first, this was as an elected official of his municipality, and then as a news correspondent.

Gradually, Dominique Ernst discovered the region’s rich history and decided to write about it. The Dauphiné Libéré offered him the opportunity to do a series of articles on local legends based on Le Salève and Le Vuache, but the material he found far exceeded what was needed. The astonishing tales of Genevans living in the Haute-Savoie became the subject of many books written by the author. With his captivating stories, the writer shows that we’re always surrounded by astonishing tales and legends wherever we are in the Monts de Genève.

Passionné

d'histoire locale

The wild Vuache and its unusual tales, Le Salève and its many famous visitors…without having to go far, the unbelievable is always close at hand. This is the leitmotiv running through Dominique Ernst’s books which seek to introduce the phenomenal historical wealth of the region to the people of Haute-Savoie – both to those who are local and those who have adopted it as their own.

He isn’t a historian or a writer by trade. He’s above all passionate and persevering. Enthused by history and writing and a fan of his region, he carried out some meticulous work. He rummaged through the archives in Geneva and the Haute-Savoie, and closely studied old newspapers, revealing stories and legends handed down through the generations – but that’s not all!
Whether told orally or written down, the region’s legends are prone to alteration. “A dozen different versions of every legend exist.” His work also involved trying to ‘clean up’ these legends and compare them with the historical facts in order to try to get back to the untainted, original version.

At the start of November 2021, Dominique Ernst’s new book was released. ‘Le Salève de A à Z : dictionnaire d’une montagne modeste et géniale’ (Le Salève from A to Z: dictionary of a modest and magnificent mountain) has been published by Éditions Slatkine.

20 years have resulted in a book which is without doubt the most complete work ever written about Le Salève.

With 320 pages, 250 notices and 50 illustrations covering both known and unpublished stories, it’s an outstanding body of work about this unique mountain.