Weekend getaway in Geneva
We had a little weekend getaway in Geneva end of May and it was amazing! We visited a friend, who invited us to his big birthday party and then we also decided to discover a bit of this beautiful city in Switzerland that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc. It’s also the headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, as well as a global hub for diplomacy and banking. French influence is widespread, from the language to gastronomy and bohemian districts like Carouge, which is a must-visit when you’re there!
We also really loved the Bastions Park, the old town (Vieille-Ville) that is the largest historic town in Switzerland, and is dominated by St. Peter's Cathedral, the symbolic location of the Reformation. Another must see is for sure the Jet d'Eau fountain in the marina. The magnificent water jet is a whopping 140 metres high, with 500 litres of water passing through it per second at a speed of 200 km per hour! Used initially for distributing the Rhône's propelling force to the city's craftspeople, it became the Jet d'Eau when the workshops required an additional flow. Since 1891 it has graced the centre of Geneva's harbour, and is the must-see tourist attraction! On a hot summer day, you must also visit the ‘city beach’ that lies just a few metres from the Jet d’Eau. The Pâquis Bath (Bains des Pâquis) offers a splendid view of the lake and you can also sunbathe or try the Hammam and Turkish baths or have a quick bite to eat! If you live in Marbella, it’s so easy to hop on one of the direct flights to Geneva that are just a bit more than 2 hours! Enjoy my photos of this lovely city!