Sunday, June 24, 2012

Switzerland - Geneva

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller

  Today we left Montreux and made the 100 kilometer drive to Geneva, which took about an hour. We settled into our hotel, the Intercontinental, and made our way by bus to the Old Town. The one great thing about Switzerland is that each place where you stay will give you a train, bus and tram pass which allows you to travel for free within the city limits and with a 50% discount outside the city limits. Geneva is a lovely old yet elegant city on the shores of Lake Geneva known for its famous fountain, the Jet D'Eau as well as for its ultra-chic expensive designer boutiques. Geneva is also the home of most of the famous watch and clock makers as well as that of the Swiss Army Knife. It is also the headquarters for the United Nations and the Red Cross. The really neat thing about Switzerland is that since it borders on 3 countries (France, Germany and Italy) most people speak 3 languages (and since they study English in school, that makes four.

The Jet D'Eau is the most recognized thing in Geneva and is one of the largest water fountains in the world, shooting water more than 500 feet in the air over  Lake Geneva

The bridge connecting the 2 parts of the city

The view of the Alps and Lake Geneva from my hotel

A nice cruise along lake Geneva

Lake Geneva divides the city in 2 parts

Ducks and geese swim freely in the lake

Which we do we go?

The view of central Geneva (with the Jet D'Eau in the background) from my hotel window

One of the oldest Churches in Geneva, Holy Trinity Anglican Church

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