Switzerland Day 3: Boat trip, Old Town and plane home

  •  10 am Boat Trip

After breakfast at Pipo’s again we walked through Gare Cornavin, passing a lot of very expensive watch shops (including a Rolex for 54,000 Francs – around 37,200 GBP ), and down to Lake Geneva for a 1hr 15min boat trip with Swissboat. This shorter tour covered most of the famous landmarks and buildings surrounding the lake, but there’s also a 2 hour tour which travels to castles and famous residencies on the French border of Lake Geneva.

You can walk under the 140m Jet d’Eau fountain, just be warned that you will come out looking as though you went for a swim fully clothed (not that we tried it, or anything…)

  • 12 pm Old Town

We walked back towards the flower clock and up into Old Town. This is Geneva’s biggest historical city and is overlooked by St. Peter’s Cathedral, home to the Reformed Protestant Church of Geneva. Inside the church you can find a wooden chair which belonged to John Calvin, a leader of the protestant reformation, who lived in the cathedral.

St. Peter’s Cathedral. By Yann (self) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
We were constantly distracted by the works of art in shop windows, particularly the chocolate shops! Given that Easter is just around the corner they were full of adorable fondant rabbits and some of the most extravagant chocolate eggs I’ve ever seen, all costing more than 50 Francs, of course.

Chocolate Shop Window

  • 3 pm Visit the United Nations and the Broken Chair

On our way back through Gare Cornavin we stopped off at a cheaper chocolate shop because you can’t go to Switzerland and not buy some Swiss chocolate, can you?! They even had little chocolate truffle animals for 1.50 Francs each so I bought a clownfish for myself and a frog and a lobster for my sisters.

We took the number 15 tram to the Broken Chair monument, opposite the United Nations. The statue was commissioned by Handicap International as a plea to other countries to sign the Mine Ban Treaty and honour their commitments to help victims of landmines and to clear mined areas. It was originally installed in 1997, and was reinstalled in 2007 upon completion of the United Nations building to urge countries to help ban cluster munitions.

Geneva houses the European Headquarters of the United Nations, the Palais des Nations, housed under the dome of the Human Rights and Alliance of civilisations Room.

  • 5 pm Leave for Geneva Airport for 20.45 flight

After 3 full days of sightseeing and educational visits (note to self: take twice as much money as planned), it was time to say goodbye to Geneva as we left Gare Cornavin for the last time on a double-decker train – a brilliant idea that Manchester should look into 🙂

Flying at night was another first for me and was as enjoyable as the other plane ride, but I’m sad to say that I fell asleep for most of it! However, I was awake during take off and landing and managed to take some amazing pictures of the land down below.

I would love to go back to Geneva but would probably only go for a weekend trip to make as small a dent in the wallet as possible.

Geneva under the plane at night-time.
Geneva under the plane at night-time.

Original photos taken on a Nokia Lumia 520


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