A fly by through a very pretty city
04.01.2013 - 06.01.2013 1 °C
So our quick stop in Geneva started off with us having no clue how to get to our hotel thanks to the dodgy wifi in Paris. Luckily, the Swiss people lived up to their friendly and helpful stereotype and between a helpful man at the ticket box who showed us how to get to the closest tram stop to our place and a lovely old man who saw we were very confused with our little map and came over and pointed us in the right direction, we finally managed to check in and collapse into our room. The hotel was quite far out from the city and in a really industrial looking area and we were wondering the whole time why Lesley would have suggested it as a good place to stay, but then the hotel receptionist told us that as part of staying there we get a free transport card to be used on any public transport around Geneva. This made a lot more sense and once we found out there was also really good wifi we were extremely happy with the place
The hotel is attached to a Kmart style shopping centre so for dinner we just headed over there and got some Thai food from the eatery. It was so good to have vegetables again and we had been missing our home cooked stir fry and curry so the meal was particularly good. By about 6pm we were exhausted so headed back to the hotel to sleep. Unfortunately, for some reason neither of us could sleep for ages and ended up tossing and turning until a ridiculous hour of the night. This then meant that once we fell asleep we slept in and were not on the move until about 11am. We headed into town and found a little cafe for lunch and then wandered around the Old Town side of the river and saw the Cathedrale St-Pierre, the Reformation Wall (four big marble guys) and a lot of quaint old houses and lane ways. Then we headed back to the river to look at the Jardin Anglais (a garden along the river which has a huge flower clock) and the Jet d'Eau (a massive fountain of water spraying up from the harbour). After a stop in Starbucks for a coffee for me and the chance for Renae to look up shops that sell Swatch watches, we headed off in search of the perfect watch and spent the afternoon wandering through the New Town side and checking out watch and souvenir stores. When we found a massive store selling just Swatch watches she found a really nice white one and bought it. I must say, it is a very good looking watch!
By then it was about 5pm and we decided to skip dinner and go to Movenpick (a Swiss ice creamery) on the river. Renae had waffles and ice cream and I had a lemon meringue pie, both of which were ridiculously good! Then we found the bus stop to take us to our hotel and settled into another night of very little sleep. So all in all, Geneva turned out to be a very pretty city and we both agreed that it and Edinburgh have been the only places we would choose to live out of the ones we have stopped in so far.
This morning we got up early to catch the bus to the tram to the train (we had it all timed and planned out) but when we got the bus stop we realised that because it was Sunday morning the first one wasn't till 7:45 so we had to fast walk to the tram stop which then got us to the train station where another friendly ticket man gave us our train details and we waited on the platform, which to our annoyance had no seats, and the jumped on our train in the 5 minute space at which is stops on the platforms. We are currently sitting watching the beautiful mountains pass by as well as the gorgeous little towns and farm houses and using any time in tunnels to do some reading or blogging. Will post this once I a, in Lucerne, where we are heading straight for a Starbucks so that Renae can FaceTime her family while it's dinner time back home. We are still loving it over here, particularly now that we're in beautiful Switzerland, but are definitely starting to get excited that we have a week to go before getting back on the plane and heading home to everyone!