After leaving Lyon, we headed to Genève (Geneva in English) for an afternoon. It is the second most populous city in Switzerland and I found it beautiful. Le Rhône was again waiting for us in this city as this river split Geneva in two. Promenade du Lac is the walking path along the water and it leads to the big attraction of Geneva: le Jet d’Eau (aka the Water Jet). It is one of the largest fountains in the world.
From what I have been told, apart from banking, shopping and the Jet d’Eau, there isn’t much to do in Geneva. All three are excellent however. We walked along the Rue du Marché where all the great boutiques are, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel and more. I didn’t go into any of those stores however. One look from the security guards and I got the message. On the other hand, we did go into Bon Génie, a upscale version of the Bay in Canada, and found panties being sold for around 150 euros (200$). My poor wallet cried a little in my pocket.
The architecture is pleasing to the eye and with a medieval and Renaissance air to it. The city is clean and the people were nice. People there spoke mainly three languages: French, German and Italian. At the parking lot, a third of the cars there were French, another third were Swiss and the rest were from other countries such as the Netherlands, Italy,… (I also saw three Ferraris. 🙂 ) In general, I found Genève to be very beautiful. I suggest you check it out even just for an afternoon.