Geneva Travel Blog› entry 9 of 12 › view all entries
Ah... Geneva... a real city, a beautiful language (at least, one that I can speak!), street signs, decent coffee and wonderfully good looking Swiss butlers. What more could a girl ask for?
This has to be one of Europe's richest cities- every second shop is a watchmaker or a private bank. Everything sparkles and even the dogs look rich, the city swims in bling and people walk around looking ever so slightly self-satisfied. Today being Sunday all the shops are closed which is probably a good thing for the credit card but a tradgedy for that Tag Heuer I was lusting after... dream on, hey.
Instead, did the only thing open on a Sunday and visited the cities museums- the Natural History Museum first. Remarkably, in such an expensive city, the museum is free- and after climbing to the fourth floor with the intention of working my way down I was very glad as it seemed to be made up mostly of- wait for it- rocks and stuffed animals! Like Prague, they are also very, very proud of their minerology exhibition, but also of their 'Birds of Switzerland' display which consists of literally hundreds and hundreds of stuffed birds, most of them smaller than my fist but also some mighty scary looking birds of prey.
After reading the Geneva newspaper and having a very, very, very good coffee I went up the other end of town to the United Nations headquaters and the Red Cross/Red Cresent Museum. It's a bit of a downer, sort of a catologue of all the horrible things humans have done to each other over the centuries but was interesting nonetheless. They had a display of what the Red Cross is doing in countries around the world and Australia got a mention- apparently the Red Cross is doing a special mission to help mothers of twins and triplets!!
I think, after the rock exhibits in Prague and Geneva, that we could safely say I've left no stone unturned. Off to Lyon tomorrow where I will avoid minerology exhibitions at all costs. Oh, and birds too.