Day nine. Bye bye girls

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Driving into Geneva

This morning at 9:30, the girls left for the airport. My mum and my wife were flying somewhere in the afternoon but with a taxi and a train ride to Geneva still between them and the airport, they decided it was best to leave early. You never know what happens along the way. With the memory of that taxi coming up the mountain, I said they shouldn't worry, they would have time for a four course lunch before take off :). (For those of you who are reading this entry first, have a look at my fourth entry, day 3)

 

In hindsight the ride down the mountain was much better, smooth even. Although the driver looked like he came out of a rest home, he didn’t drive like a grandfather.

I like how some pigeons have the same color as the door.
Yet, the ride was nice 'n easy, like ol' blue eyes would sing. Eelco asked me if we were up to anything, if there was something I wanted to do. I thought about it for a minute and then came up with the idea to go to Geneva. It would be a great surprise for the ladies to be greeted farewell, by us at the airport. However, it took us some time to get ready and although Eelco is a great driver, one cannot beat the Swiss trains. By the time we arrived in Geneva, before even getting close to the airport, mum and Jacomien would have been past the border into the void that is called 'tax free shopping area'.

 

With having no chance of seeing the girls, Eelco decided he wanted to see Geneva. I strongly advised against it, for I have been there before and (especially in winter time) Geneva isn't much to look at.

Silver tree
Eelco couldn't care less, he is a bit pigheaded sometimes. OK, whatever you want, Geneva it is…

 

The main attractions of Geneva are the lake (lake Geneva obviously), the lakeshore and a fountain in lake Geneva. Oh, and shopping if it is your thing, especially for watches. Apparently Geneva is watch-selling capital of the world. We walked around the old town, by the lakeshore, and a bit through the shopping streets. Mind you, it is January 2 and all shops are closed. On top of that, it is an extremely grey, rainy and dreadful day, today. When you're on a mountain, nine out of ten times you are above the clouds. This can't be said for Geneva however and the cold wind cut through our cloths and skin, right to our bones. Brrrrr!

 

To warm up a bit we had lunch in an ice-cream parlor.

The famous fountain
Sorry, no pun intended, it is true! It is called 'Sandwich au coeur' and they sell Mövenpick ice cream (what else?). The cappuccino was not so good, the sandwich OK. The lady behind the counter was a typical Swiss kind of nice. The fact that birds flew through the little lunchroom didn't come across as particularly hygienic. There is an up-side to all of this though. The architecture of the place is marvelous! I've written a review which you can check below.

 

In the end, Eelco admitted our day trip to Geneva had proven disappointing. Driving out of Geneva, on our way back to the mountains, we passed through places like Lausanne, Rolle and Montreux, all of which are much lovelier places. Eelco agreed with me on that one and we decided we had to come back some day, preferably in the summer, to explore them.

Some of them have missed the latest culture change at the company, because not all noses point in the same direction :)
The closer we got to the mountain, the better the weather got. I feel very thankful because even though we had already been blessed with good weather all week, once again we were treated to a spectacular sunset, this time over Lake Geneva. Once up in the mountain, we had dinner at Le Francis, a nice pizza / creperie place. You'll have to read my review about it, which is just below the photos. Oh..., and before I end today's entry, one note on the photos: it took a lot of effort to make nice and colorful pictures in a grey and dull place like Geneva, so they may not be up to the standard you're used to by now. I promise though, the photos of the sunset will make up for it.

 

Tomorrow will be our final day, although 'day' is perhaps a little much said. The plan is to leave at 06:00 in the morning. I hope that getting out of bed that early again will be rewarded with yet another glorious sunrise :)

Sunflower300 says:
You make me laugh, "Ok, whatever you want."
Another great entry Rudolph.
Posted on: Jan 18, 2008
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Driving into Geneva
Driving into Geneva
I like how some pigeons have the s…
I like how some pigeons have the …
Silver tree
Silver tree
The famous fountain
The famous fountain
Some of them have missed the lates…
Some of them have missed the late…
...OK, but after you finished your…
...OK, but after you finished you…
lovely clock in the watch capitol
lovely clock in the watch capitol
view of Geneva (on a grey and drea…
view of Geneva (on a grey and dre…
Love this car,... car?
Love this car,... car?
Port beacon
Port beacon
Taxi boat
Taxi boat
Montreux in the morning, from a di…
Montreux in the morning, from a d…
Beautiful building in Geneva
Beautiful building in Geneva
Genevas shopping street (one of m…
Geneva's shopping street (one of …
Geneva shopping street
Geneva shopping street
Murial of whats on offer
Murial of what's on offer
The little color in Geneva came fr…
The little color in Geneva came f…
Very decorative (and colorful)
Very decorative (and colorful)
The whole building, well, the uppe…
The whole building, well, the upp…
Look, more color, this time on a g…
Look, more color, this time on a …
Its my boat and I can shit on it …
It's my boat and I can shit on it…
Castle of Rolle
Castle of Rolle
Castle tower
Castle tower
the other tower of the Castle of R…
the other tower of the Castle of …
Rolle is more colorful than Geneva
Rolle is more colorful than Geneva
more colorful houses in Rolle
more colorful houses in Rolle
Pretty in black n white
Pretty in black 'n white
I was captured by the different la…
I was captured by the different l…
Lovely village in the hills betwee…
Lovely village in the hills betwe…
Detail of yet another castle
Detail of yet another castle
Its entrance, with canons
Its entrance, with canons
Monument erected by the people of …
Monument erected by the people of…
This is very private banking...:)
This is very private banking...:)
Ferries to take you across the lake
Ferries to take you across the lake
colorful tree
colorful tree
A yacht harbor somewhere (obviousl…
A yacht harbor somewhere (obvious…
Driving out of Geneva
Driving out of Geneva
Heres that copper rain drainage a…
Here's that copper rain drainage …
Nice colorful houses just outside …
Nice colorful houses just outside…
The doorman lives here...I wanne b…
The doorman lives here...I wanne …
Love the shutters
Love the shutters
Vineyards and what seems like a ro…
Vineyards and what seems like a r…
First glance at the sun setting
First glance at the sun setting
Lone tree on cliff edge
Lone tree on cliff edge
St Saphorin, a lovely village
St Saphorin, a lovely village
With a great view over Lake Geneva
With a great view over Lake Geneva
A street, well a sign in St Saphor…
A street, well a sign in St Sapho…
Sun setting
Sun setting
Hey look, a palm tree. Somehow the…
Hey look, a palm tree. Somehow th…
A pano shot. Lauro really should h…
A pano shot. Lauro really should …
Fortification at the Lakeshore
Fortification at the Lakeshore
Old winery
Old winery
I love sunsets
I love sunsets
Must be back breaking to work thos…
Must be back breaking to work tho…
Old, with fish bone shutters
Old, with fish bone shutters
A lot more of these to come :)
A lot more of these to come :)
Yep another one, but doesnt it lo…
Yep another one, but doesn't it l…
1998? must be the year their new r…
1998? must be the year their new …
Life is beautiful
Life is beautiful
Honest, this one differs from the …
Honest, this one differs from the…
Looks surreal but is real! I think…
Looks surreal but is real! I thin…
It just keeps getting better and b…
It just keeps getting better and …
Thats what I mean: sunset WITH ca…
That's what I mean: sunset WITH c…
Spectacular view of sunset behind …
Spectacular view of sunset behind…
Others are enjoying the view form …
Others are enjoying the view form…
Dont know the story behind it, bu…
Don't know the story behind it, b…
The last of the sunset pictures. W…
The last of the sunset pictures. …
We are getting close; here are Le…
We are getting close; here are 'L…
Final stop for gas (diesel in our …
Final stop for gas (diesel in our…
Geneva Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
In need of something to eat in Geneva, my friend Eelco and I, ended up in this little lunchroom annex Ice-ream parlor. Our experience wasn't the best … read entire review
Geneva
photo by: DADKA