Where We Be
|Robin stands by an unusual sculpture in the Jardin Anglais
A 2½ hour train ride took us from Interlaken to
Geneva. Our first sightseeing stop was the Jet
d’Eau fountain, Geneva's icon. It's a column of
water that shoots up incredibly high from Lake
Geneva. We loved the fact that a half dozen
ducks were sitting on a floating platform near
the Jet d’Eau soaking up the mist! Clearly they
were loving it. It was like their spa treatment
for the day. When the jet shut off at 6 pm sharp,
they all waddled off the platform – and a great
blue heron came flying in to take their place.
That evening we wandered into the Old Town
of Geneva and enjoyed seeing the cathedral as
the sun set. John Calvin once preached here.
The next day, we walked along the waterfront
to the United Nations building. On our way back
we took a short ferry ride across the lake, past
the Jet d’Eau, to the Jardin Anglais and its
famous flower clock.
|The Jet d'Eau is hard to miss! It's one of the largest fountains in the world.
|This building isn't famous -- I just liked the colorful shutters!
|Looking across Lake Geneva at St. Pierre Cathedral and Old Town
|This lovely waterfront park offers a quick escape from the city -- and it's on the way to the United Nations (a fairly long walk)
|Entryway to the United Nations in Geneva -- located in the Palais des Nations building originally constructed for the League of Nations
|Across the street from the United Nations building is the headquarters for the International Red Cross
|Farewell Geneva -- time to head home!
|We popped into the Swatch Museum for a look around and had a fun time seeing the displays of Swatch watches from different decades
|Sitting on the world's longest bench in Geneva -- alone!
|View of Geneva from a cafe near the Jet d'Eau where we sat down and had a bite
|This is Geneva's famous Flower Clock in the Jardin Anglais. It is said to have the longest second hand in the world.
|This big chair with one broken leg symbolizes opposition to land
mines and cluster bombs. It's across from the Palace of Nations.
|You can walk right up to the Jet d'Eau on a stone jetty
(but watch out for sudden changes in the wind!)
|We got a kick out of these ducks getting "spritzed" by the mist from the Jet d'Eau and clearly loving it
|St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva is best known for being the adopted home church of John Calvin, one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation
|As soon as the fountain shut off at 6 pm sharp, the ducks
waddled off and this great blue heron flew in to take their place
|This store had the most beautiful flower displays!