Trip Start Oct 18, 2006
93Trip End Oct 19, 2007
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I travelled the 40 minute train ride along side Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) to reach this famous international city. Instantly, walking down Genevas main street (Rue de Mont Blanc) you feel like you are walking down a street in London rather than a French speaking Swiss city. It was a saturday afternoon, and it seemed that every woman and her fur coat was holding the hand of some poor man and in the other clutching some poor rat looking dog and pushing them into one designer boutique after another
It was hard to move myself from that beautiful little cafe, where l just sat and read and people watched by the fountain for a few hours. But l had decided to go in search of the Jet d Eau...Genevas most visible landmark....a fountain which shoots up to a 140m plume. Whilst walking out of the old town in search of the fountain, l took a short detour to the lovely part Gothic Cathedrale St Pierre, where John Calvin preached from 1536-1564. I then took Rue de la Fontaine to reach the lakeside where l will still looking for Genevas so called most visible landmark
A little tired afer my careful searching, l decided to just sit by the lakeside in the late afternoon sun and try and finish my book. I had an hour just sitting by the beautiful lake, reading and watching the swans swim by before a caught a tram to go meet my New Zealand friend Sarah. She picked me up in her tiny car (lam so jealous of any aupair who has a car to drive! I miss driving sooo much!), and she whisked me up to her house, along a beautiful farm road overlooking Mt Blanc and other French alps (as we had just crossed the border into France) as the beautiful pink sunset faded over the huge grey and white alps.
I had a great night with Sarah, reading English magazines ( l was pleased to read anything in English!), and than eating ice-cream while watching Mr Darcy jump into the lake in BBC Pride and Prejudice (yes we somehow did watch all 6 hours of it...it was a late but great night!). On the Sunday morning we went to Sarahs English speaking church in the Old Town of Geneva which was great to go visit, and we spent the day with Sarahs friend Emma, a flight attendent for Easy Jet. We ended up back at the cafe l had been the previous day..both the girls had never been there before and loved it. And l again snuggled under the blanket in the sun, but this time with some great company! We then went back to Emmas flat, where we ended up watching a very silly teen romance comedy (anything with Freddie Price Jnr l say avoid!) and eating Pesto Pasta. It was a great relaxing weekend with new and old friends, l finally got to visit lovely Geneva.....even though l didnt get to see the water fountain! Since visting Geneva that weekend, l have seen the water fountain from a distance whilst on the train....and it is huge and unmissable!