Easter in Geneva

We went to Geneva a few weeks ago for the long Easter weekend. The city itself is quite small, but the lake is gorgeous. It’s actually just what we needed because we didn’t want anything too intense since we really needed a break from the hectic-ness of work and city life. The airport is a free 8 minute train ride from Geneva’s train station. When you get to your hotel, if they don’t give it to you already, ask for the free travel card so that you can use the trams and buses for free.

We got to walk around the Old Town, visit the cathedral that John Calvin used to preach at and we also saw the United Nations. On Sunday we rented a car and drove to Montreux which has a famous Jazz festival. Nearby is Chateau Chillon which is located on the eastern end of Lake Geneva. It’s remarkably well preserved and really neat! It sits on a rock that juts out on the lake. The weather was really cooperative and we really enjoyed our time there and in Montreux.

If we had more time we would have tried a glacier walk or gone up to Chamonix or Mont Blanc, but unfortunately we couldn’t. That’s the great thing about Geneva though, there are a lot of day trip or short trip opportunities from there!

 

Jet d'Eau - Lake Geneva
The famous Jet d’Eau – Lake Geneva

 

The flower clock of Geneva. It really does tell the time accurately
The flower clock of Geneva. It really does tell the time accurately

 

Inside St. Pierre Cathedral
Inside St. Pierre Cathedral

 

John Calvin's chair
John Calvin’s chair

 

These organ tubes look a bit like transformers
These organ tubes look a bit like transformers

 

Panoramic view from the top of the cathedral steps!
Panoramic view from the top of the cathedral steps!

 

The broken chair in front of the United Nations.  It symbolises opposition to land mines and cluster bombs, and acts as a reminder to politicians and others visiting Geneva.
The broken chair in front of the United Nations. It symbolises opposition to land mines and cluster bombs, and acts as a reminder to politicians and others visiting Geneva.

 

The front of the UN
The front of the UN
Art on the ceiling of one of the rooms in the United Nations by Miquel Barceló. It weighs about 35 tonnes.
Art on the ceiling of one of the rooms in the United Nations by Miquel Barceló. It weighs about 35 tonnes.
Chateau Chillon on a gorgeous day
Chateau Chillon on a gorgeous day

 

Lord Byron carved his name when he visited the Chateau. It was the inspiration for the poem Prisoner of Chillon
Lord Byron carved his name when he visited the Chateau. It was the inspiration for the poem Prisoner of Chillon

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One of my favourite photos from the weekend. It feels serene and like such a great place to relax!
One of my favourite photos from the weekend. It feels serene and like such a great place to relax!

 

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