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Trip Start Jun 16, 2010
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Trip End Jul 27, 2010


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Saturday, July 17, 2010

We arrived in Geneva at about 10 am on a Sunday. I have to say we found it pretty deserted.  You could see a tourist here and there and very few restaurants open.  It was quiet a change from all the big cities we have been to.  Trust me I for one was not complaining as my passports were safely tucked away.  It seems like a dream – my pick pocketing experience in Paris all the same I was quiet content with all that space to myself. 

            We chose to a do a little train touristy guided tour.  It was really quick and a complete waste of time and money.  We decided to do a little walking tour of our own and did a much better job discovering the lovely old town of the city of Geneva!          
We first had lunch at hotel/restaurant De Ville.  We enjoyed our meal here! celebrities enjoy going to this place--  Kofi Anan being one of themThe food was excellent and shivani says she had the best Crème Brule ever!  The bill was quiet a shock.  It was about 160 Francs.  Apparently that is pretty normal in Switzerland!  Not sure I will be eating out if I lived there.

            In the University of Geneva we came across the Wall of Reformation.  At the centre of the Wall are statues of John Calvin, William Farel, Theodore Beza & John Knox. 

            We went up one of the towers of the Cathedral in the old town and got a fantastic 360 degree view of Geneva! 

 On the whole the Old town of Geneva is beautiful.  The lake makes it all the more special.  You could take the ferry to Lausanne which would a relaxing way to spend your time.

Shivani's says:

Riding in the small train trailing around the big buses in the old part of Geneva I felt like a real tourist.  The beautiful statues and famous buildings perfectly preserved from medieval times were seen during this tourist look on Geneva.  We stopped at a cathedral dating back to the Medieval times.  My family and I climbed up the curving steps to the top of the cathedral to see a spectacular view.  From the tower we saw a large chunk of Geneva.  All though the view was not as breath taking as the view of Paris from the Eiffel tower it was still fantastic. 

After our small train ride I was dehydrated.  We challenged the financial district of Geneva for an open restruant and I finally came across the restaurant DeVille  open to my pleasure.  I gulped down cups of sparkling water which added up to 10 francs.  After finishing a lovely meal of mussels, pasta, pork stew, perch fillet, ice cream and crème brulle we were greeted to the check of 160 francs. 

            Here in Switzerland food is very expensive.  I would suggest you prepare yourself for a hefty bill of over a 100 francs for 4 people.

After 5pm the Geneva shops began to bustle with people finally coming out of hiding and into the light of the hot evening sun.  Geneva is a wonderful city with a beautiful clean blue lake.  Just be ready for a more expensive take on food and a city waking up later than possibly your liking.
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