Geneva, Switzerland - Impressions from a Three Day Summer Tour
We arrived in Geneva with deflated expectations and we were pleasantly surprised. Far fewer tourists than elsewhere. Once you venture away from the of the tourist tracks you meet the real local residents who have very mixed languages and backgrounds. Naturally the lake is the dominant feature and it is well used for sailing, ferries and it is the dominant scenic feature of the city.
There was no hop-on hop-off bus in Geneva, and so we rode on two toy trains, Toot Toot! People laughed at us but it was a good way to see the sights and there was a good commentary.
Took the tour around the old town on one train and the so-called international tour train that ventures into the hills to the main attractions. and History museum.
Once again the collections were simply stunning and quickly overloaded the senses. We loved the lake, waterfront and Geneva city in general.
We needed a lot more than the two days we could spend here. We hope to return some day with our yacht.
Geneva City, Food and Tours
Walked around the harbor area and around the cafes and restaurants near the old swimming baths. Had a beef fondue for lunch, which was rather like a Korean BBQ where you cook the meat at the table. Portions of meat were cooked in hot oil and dipped in a wide choice of sauces etc. They also had the traditional cheese and another version - Chinese, which involves cooking food in a heated broth. We all loved it. Time to look out for a fondue set in the next garage sale we visit. The previous night we had a delightful Chinese meal at a restaurant need the station.
We strolled through parks, along the waterfront and visited the Ceramic and Glass Museum and the National Art and History museum. Once again the collections were simply stunning and quickly overloaded the senses. Loved the lake, waterfront and Geneva in general. We Needed a lot more than the two days we could spend here. When we return we woulkd love to go on a sailing cruise on the lake.
Geneva City SceneryClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ceramics Exhibits in Geneva Fine Arts MuseumClick thumbnail to view full-size
Selected Art on Display in Geneva, SwitzerlandClick thumbnail to view full-size
© 2014 Dr. John Anderson
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