Real Men Eat Quiche...with Beer!

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Quiche, salad, bread and beer. All parts of a nutritious breakfast.
Something that's caught me off guard in Switzerland is the daylight schedule.  The sun doesn't come up until around 8am, which makes adjusting to the time change even more entertaining.  Megs actually slept in to about 11am or so.  After posting Saturday's blog, the group of us headed out to wander the city streets in search of breakfast and adventure!

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).
Jet d'Eau
  The highest prices seem to be in restaurants and service industry situations.  The grocery store was actually quite reasonable (3 francs/kilo of oranges, around $1.30/pd which is close to San Diego) and the produce we've had so far has been exceptional.

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 Coulouvreni√®re, 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).
Cheers, Bretty. I mean, "Sonte!"
"  The aesthetic value of the Jet d'Eau was recognized by the community and it was moved to its current location in 1891, shooting water to about 90 meters.  The contemporary system, placed in 1951, shoots water 140 meters (459') into the air and is run year round with few exceptions.

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.
Cathedral Saint-Pierre
  Typically the youngest and oldest person in the room break the cauldron open, a bit like a pinata.  I'm really bummed we missed it.  Participating in local celebrations, no matter what country you're in, is a great way to get a feel for the culture.

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.
10 billion customers fooled.
  It's a relatively simple structure, though the statues are impressively detailed.  We took a break for a bit, sipped our vin chaud and talked about our childhood experiences with Christianity, good and bad.

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.
Hopefully many a meal will be like this.
  (Yes, Brett and Emily live above both a clock shop and a chocolatier.  It's Geneva, what did you expect?)  Since we booked this trip we envisioned many a meal of cheese, fruit, bread and cured meats (bread = Megs, meats = me).  The Jackson's make dreams come true.  What we never imagined was the incredible dinner entertainment.  They don't have a television so we were treated to Home Improvement Network, Geneva, starring Emily Jackson.  Best show I've seen in ages.  And in HiDef, too.  So real.

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.

(Shameless Plug:  Visit Will, Zach and all your friends at www.eclipsechocolat.com)
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Quiche, salad, bread and beer.  Al…
Quiche, salad, bread and beer. A…
Jet dEau
Jet d'Eau
Cheers, Bretty.  I mean, Sonte!
Cheers, Bretty. I mean, "Sonte!"
Cathedral Saint-Pierre
Cathedral Saint-Pierre
10 billion customers fooled.
10 billion customers fooled.
Hopefully many a meal will be like…
Hopefully many a meal will be lik…
Walking to breakfast
Walking to breakfast
Megs admiring the Jet dEau
Megs admiring the Jet d'Eau
The tower at Saint-Pierre
The tower at Saint-Pierre
Brett and Rich near Saint-Pierre
Brett and Rich near Saint-Pierre
Random door knocker on the street.
Random door knocker on the street.
Yay, friends!
Yay, friends!
Geneva streets
Geneva streets
Geneva streets
Geneva streets
On the way to the Reformation monu…
On the way to the Reformation mon…
Monument to the Protestant reforma…
Monument to the Protestant reform…
Monument to the Protestant reforma…
Monument to the Protestant reform…
Chatting theology at the Protestan…
Chatting theology at the Protesta…
There are a lot of interesting pos…
There are a lot of interesting po…
Mike Wongs is destroying the envi…
Mike Wong's is destroying the env…
ROUSs live in Geneva
ROUS's live in Geneva
Kids on a cross country skiing tra…
Kids on a cross country skiing tr…
Giant chess boards, and not a sing…
Giant chess boards, and not a sin…
There were also giant checker piec…
There were also giant checker pie…
Buying cheese at the farmers mark…
Buying cheese at the farmer's mar…
Truffe Noir; aka: dark chocolate t…
Truffe Noir; aka: dark chocolate …
They really make clocks here.
They really make clocks here.
Cant...escape...fondue...
Can't...escape...fondue...
Wine, cheese, chocolate and the Ho…
Wine, cheese, chocolate and the H…
Geneva
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