heading back home after Berlin, I decided to stop in Geneva for a few
days. After the clouds and cold of Berlin, it was nice to catch a bit
of warmth and sunshine.
The lake was as beautiful as ever
as were the swans.
I took a boat ride and got a closer look at some of the beautiful mansions dotting the shores.
I walked a lot, up and down the old town.
I went by the old arsenal
and revisited St. Pierre Cathedral
saw John Calvin’s chair, and the museum below, tracing the building back to the Romans.
I also walked
along the lake everyday. It is such a beautiful place with the
mountains as backdrop, stately old hotels lining the street and beautiful trees dotting the parks.
Flowers were beginning to appear here and there.
Then one morning
I decided to head in the other direction and explore the
“international” area. I walked by the United Nations and the fountains
surrounding the “Broken Chair”.
This is a
monument installed in 1997 to urge all countries to sign the Mine Ban
Treaty and to honor their commitments to help mine victims and clear
I stopped by the ceramic and glass Ariana Museum. The collection is a
interesting as the building. The columns inside are all different from
missed a turn…and got lost. So I walked and walked for hours and got to
peek inside gardens, behind gates, up and down hills. It was
We calculated that I must have walked over 8 Kms before finally
reaching the botanical garden that had been my initial objective.
I must confess that by then I was less energetic about wandering the
grounds, but I did enjoy the medicinal garden. I loved reading the
boards explaining what these plants were used for in the old days. I
also noticed this interesting display of habitat for bugs.
“pause” I walked the rest of the way and still found it in me to stop
at a small museum that I had walked by numerous times without ever
going in. The Musée d’histoire des sciences (science history
museum) is once again a building that is as fascinating as the
collection it houses.
That evening we went on a drive in the countryside surrounding Geneva
and I was very surprised to discover that there are several vineyards
in the region. Although their production is seldom exported, it is
excellent. I got to try a few in the course of some wonderful meals in
small and not so small country inns.
I read back the
story of my previous visit to Geneva, not wanting to repeat myself but
I am happy to see that I was able to see and do very different things
this time around and I know that there are still many more to discover….