Real Men Eat Quiche...with Beer!
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December 22nd, 2008 – by: umbralwalker
Brett and Em took us to a hole-in-the-wall breakfast place called Coup de Giraffe where we ate the best quiche ever (both red pepper/artichoke and olive/feta were excellent) served with a huge salad, bread and beer. We were warned many times that Geneva is one of, if not the, most expensive city in Europe and that was apparent in the bill, which came to about 70 swiss francs (around $68).
After brunch we wandered around the lake. The most famous landmark in Geneva is arguably the Jet d'Eau, an enormous fountain located where Lake Geneva meets the Rhone River. Per the Jet d'Eau wiki: "The first Jet d'Eau was installed in 1886 at the Usine de la Coulouvrenière, a little bit further downstream from its present location. It was used as a safety valve for a hydro power generator and could reach a height of about 30 metres (98 feet).
The next stop was Old Town. We'd just missed the annual Escalade festival, usually held the nearest weekend to Dec 11th, which celebrates the defeat of a Spanish assault on the city in 1602. The celebration centers around the legend of Catherine Cheynel, a mother of 14 who dumped a cauldron of boiling soup over the wall, killing one of the attackers and causing confusion in their ranks. The act is said to have rallied the townsfolk to defend the city. The Escalade is celebrated with chocolate cauldrons filled with marzipan vegetables and other sweets, plus kids in Halloween-like costumes.
Next stop was the Cathedral Saint-Pierre where we sampled vin chaud (hot wine) that was being sold in front of a small shop nearby. The cathedral is the adopted church of John Calvin, one of the key figures of the Reformation. There's even a chair inside that claims to have been his. You don't have to be a Christian to appreciate the beauty, skill and devotion put into a structure like this. We both enjoy experiencing the awe these buildings inspire.
Near Saint-Pierre is the wall dedicated to the heroes of the Protestant Reformation.
Brett had been telling me about the absurd level of copyright infringement that happens in Geneva and I was hoping to get a shot for the blog. His main experience had been the Cirque du Noel, a carnival held near their house, but we hadn't stopped there yet (more on that next blog). Fortunately for us we passed another classic; Mike Wong's. Judging by its neighbor, I'm guessing they're either incredibly brave or incredibly dense. The only thing that could have made this shot better is a Nike store on the corner.
The day was rounded out with a walk through the farmer's market and a stop in a chocolatier.
Don't worry Will, the truffe noir from that chocolatier was nothing compared to yours. We're already half-way through that salted peanut butter toffee, sea salt nib brick you gave us for Christmas. Best chocolate in Switzerland and I fully intend to confirm that in every shop possible.
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