Postcard from Switzerland

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

“If it’s good enough for Bill Clinton, its good enough for us”

Geneva was as delightful as the cheese fondue it is known for. We left Paris early Sunday morning and arrived in Geneva that afternoon. We stayed at a hotel called East West, close to the train station and a great location in the midst of all the things to do in the city. We nicknamed the room "the bungalow" because it was like a small apartment! It had two floors, blinds controlled by buttons, two bathroom with one big, beautiful, bathtub. We were very surprised by the quality of the room, because were not expecting it to be so big!

I would highly recommend not coming into Switzerland on a Sunday, because mostly everything is closed. This was a struggle when it came to find a place to eat to lunch! We eventually found our way to Birdie, a coffee shop and brunch spot. It was pretty full of people, even including this cute dog! 

Pointe de La Jonction
From Birdie, we headed to La Jonction where two rivers, the Rhône and Arve meet. What makes this meeting place so neat, is that the two rivers are different colors. One is more of a milky tan that is very fast moving. The other water comes from the lake and is a dark turquoise hue. You can see through this water, and everything underneath is tinted in the turquoise hue. Once we got to the point where the rivers met, we decided the view would be better from the top. We took a small hike in the trees that surround the riverbanks to get to a bridge, giving us the perfect viewpoint of the river's waters combining. The greenery from the hike was a nice scenery change from subway stations in previous cities. We were a little farther out from out next destination spot. From the area by the bridge, we ubered and went to a hot chocolate place to warm up. 

St. Pierre Cathedral
 This cathedral is in the heart of Old Town. This is the adopted home church of John Calvin. This was a neat stop, because Kendra is always talking to me about Calvinism. There is a chair inside the church, that was used by Calvin himself. There are North and South towers that can be climbed for a view of the city and lake,  but we missed the cut off for the day by a few minutes. Maybe next time around! 

Old Town 
We walked up and down the streets of Old Town and through a small park near the edge of the lake. Not many places were open, but the streets seemed to take us back in time. I loved all the flags that lined the streets. As the sky started to turn to dark blue, we headed to our dinner reservations. 

Restaurant Les Armures
We made dinner reservations for this restaurant, based on a recommendation by a lady from our hotel. We were so excited to indulge in some fondue while in Switzerland, and this place did not disappoint!  We walked past it while exploring Old Town, and Chandler noticed a picture of Bill Clinton on the wall. Since he was a former president, she made the comment “If it’s good enough for Bill Clinton, its good enough for us.” I had the cappuccino pumpkin soup and then the three of us shared the cheese fondue with herbs. The meal was a warm contrast to the next day of exploring during our day trip to Mount Blanc. Going along with the theme of cheese, we went back to the bungalow to watch the most recent episode of The Bachelor, something else that is cheesy but O, so good. 

United Nations
Tuesday morning, we woke up early to go get a spot in line for the first tour of the day. When we first arrived, the line to get in seemed long, but there was a conference going on. We discussed how surreal it would be to attend a conference at the UN. The tour was great and it was neat going from Berlin the previous weekend and seeing how the things that happened in that city created the need for something like the UN. Across from the UN, is the Broken Chair Memorial. This is a giant wooden chair, with one leg broken. It is made out of 5.5 tons of wood! 

We found our way into the Swiss Business Lounge, we felt like a little bit of imposters! 

 We then took a quick train to the Geneva airport to fly to Zurich. From Zurich, we flew into Amsterdam, and then took a flight from Amsterdam into Prague for our next adventure! 


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