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  • Day731

    Another blissful day in Geneva

    March 5 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    Such a beautiful day today. Cold and brittle, but sunshine so lovely. Caught up with an old book fiend and movie star early in the day. Then John Calvin and friends. On for a walk through the old Geneva and along le lac. Was amazed to find there is a university for "Duffushes". Pity, there was a chance for me and I missed it. :).Read more

    Claudia Zimmerli

    Great pics 🥰💋

    3/5/22Reply
    Kookasburra

    Wonderful.

    3/6/22Reply
     
  • Day2

    Bonne anniversaire André!

    November 30, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    Vi firade ju in Anders lite redan på sena kvällen/tidiga morgonen med de glada tyskarna (vilket kändes av lite senare på morgonkvisten när det var dags att stiga upp...) - nu blev det lite mer ordnat med flagga, skönsång och paket samt utan ginochtonics!Read more

    Anders Hultgren

    Tack kära hustru för uppvaktningen med skönsång och presenter. Du är bästast ❤️

    11/30/19Reply
    Ingela Hertz

    Inte bara Grattis på födelsedagen, även grattis på namnsdagen 🥳 Så vitt vi kan läsa oss till så kommer julen att slaska i Sverige detta år.

    11/30/19Reply
    Kajsa Kelly

    Grattis hot little mess 🥰🥰🥂

    11/30/19Reply
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  • Day9

    Journal de bord n°3 : Genève

    August 17, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Séjour à Genève du 15 au 18 août, imprévu mais fort sympathique.

    On retourne au parlé français quelques jours tout en étant dépaysé par le franc suisse.

    Cette ville où l'union est faite entre montagne et lac : les Alpes, le Jura et le lac Léman.
    Elle est différente à chaque coin de rue, entre son centre historique et sa modernité. Notons-le : c'est une ville très propre.

    On a beaucoup marché (toujours), entre la rive droite et la rive gauche du lac. On est allé à la découverte du Jet d'eau, de l'eau cristalline, d'un bleu pur du lac, de l'ONU, de (très) nombreux parcs de Genève (bien que beaucoup soient fermés à cause des récentes tempêtes), de la vieille ville et sa magnifique cathédrale Saint-Pierre.

    À retenir :
    - 23 : c'est le nombre d'organisations internationales situées à Genève, ce qui en fait la ville en accueillant le plus au monde (dont la Croix Rouge, l'ONU, l'OMS, etc)
    - La vie y est chère. 0,93€ = 1 CHF
    - Les genevois ont le klaxon facile
    - Le jet d'eau du lac mesure 140m de haut et sa vitesse de sortie est de 200km
    - Il y a une statue qui représente Zidane mettant le "coup de boule" à Materazzi
    - Le pourboire est souvent inclu dans le prix (10% de l'addition)
    - Ici, les orages, ça fait pas semblant
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  • Day7

    Anniversaire de Cécile à Genève

    August 15, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Après un long périple en train et pas mal de réflexion sur le devenir du voyage... Nous voilà arrivés en Suisse, plus précisément à Genève.

    Un autre voyage nous attend, mais avant cela, on a un anniversaire à fêter ce soir. Alors qu'est ce qu'on dit à la plus belle des femmes, "Joyeux anniversaire 🎂 🎂 🎂 ❤❤❤💋💋💋🍾🍾🍾🎉🎉🎉
    Steven
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    Pascal Binard

    Joyeux anniversaire suisse ma belle 💋♥️

    8/15/20Reply
    Deux petits renards

    Merciii ❤️

    8/15/20Reply
    Didier Buchon

    Nous te souhaitons un bon anniversaire notre belle fille adoré

    8/15/20Reply
    Deux petits renards

    Merci !! ❤️

    8/15/20Reply
     
  • Day20

    Coronacraziness

    March 15, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    And then there was one... Well we were pretty lucky, we got to do everything except chill in Abu Dhabi on the way home thanks to this mad mad world! We had our last day in the slopes in Switzerland on Friday then they closed it, then last day on the piste in France yesterday, then they closed it. Seams like everywhere we’ve been they shut it down as we leave??? Sitting in my hotel having 2 minute noodles & tuna, ghost town here in Geneva, can’t even buy a crossiant! Oh well I’ve got microwave popcorn to make & 2 bottles of French red to drink! Oh & 3 rolls of toot paper to waste 😁Read more

    Chris Tonks

    And then it was Spring!

    3/15/20Reply
    Angela Lowe

    Travel safe my lovelies. This virus is causing hysteria everywhere. I hope you all get home without incident. Luv ya's xx

    3/16/20Reply
     
  • Day13

    Reformation Geneva

    April 21 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Geneva was an important place where the Protestant Reformation took hold, so much so that this city was sometimes known as the Protestant Rome. This is where John Calvin preached and taught. Reformed luminaries such as John Knox of Scotland came here to learn and then bring Reformed theology home.
    The 1st 2 picture are at the Reformation Memorial. This is a long wall of sculptures located at Bastion Park (see another post) on the campus of the University of Geneva that was founded by Calvin. The 4 taller figures in the center are William Farel who convinced Calvin he was needed in Geneva; John Calvin; Theodore Beza, Calvin s successor in Geneva and John Knox. The other statues are other protestant luminaries: I note for my Rhode island friends that Roger Williams is guy in the pilgrim hat to the right of the central grouping.
    The 3rd picture is the facade of St. Peters cathedral where Calvin was pastor. The 4th picture looks along the side of St. Peter's at the steeple and 1 of the towers. The 5th picture is in the nave of St. Peter's. This building dates to the 13th century and was built as a Catholic church. Upon taking over, the protestants removed all decoration and any hint of luxury, leaving the austere space you see in the picture. The 6th picture is John Calvin's chair where he sat during worship.
    An interesting side note: Geneva had been known for jewelry making. However, the austere vision of life with no luxuries meant the jewelers lost their livelihood. So the jewelers became watchmakers as time was not considered a luxury. Here began Geneva's reputation for clocks and watches.
    The last picture is the Maccabees Chapel on St. Peters, a later side chapel addition to the cathedral. Though it was stripped like the rest of the church in the 16th century, it has been restored to something like it would have been originally.
    There is much more in Geneva about the Reformation, but many places were closed. This period was pivotal in Geneva becoming the place it is and in the shaping of much protest theology, including mine.
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  • Day13

    Geneva's Old Town

    April 21 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    As those who have followed my travels have probably realized, I have interest in the historic parts of cities. Geneva is no exception, especially given that my theology follows John Calvin who worked, preached, taught and wrote here for most of his career. The Reformation was a significant period shaping Geneva (see another post). This post looks at the historic old town.
    The 1st picture is the square with houses typical of the old town. You can see where some of the houses were extended upwards. This happened in the 15th century when Geneva was deluged with a flood of Protestant refugees seeking shelter from persecution.
    The 2nd picture is one of only 2 sections of the old bastion dating to the 15th century that witnessed the defence of the city against the Catholic Savoyards, an event still celebrated annually.
    The 3rd picture is the Tour d'Ille on an Island in the middle of the Rhone. This is where the oldest evidence of human activity in this area has been found.
    The 4th picture is the Maison Tavel, the oldest residential structure in the old town. The facade still retains it's original style. It is a museum today. One of the exhibits is a detailed scale model of Geneva as it was before "urban renewal" removed the ancient bastions. It is so detailed that even the number of bars in windows is accurate, though the 6th picture isn't detailed enough to see that.
    The 7th picture is the door into the old city hall and is a good example of the wood working skills back in the day. The 8th picture is in the city hall courtyard. Those are ramps up from the ground floor to the upper floors. I'm told it was built this way to allow the councilors access while riding a horse or mule.
    The 9th picture is what remains of an old city gate. The last picture is back in the main square. I didn't learn the story of the piece, but my reaction was the a nude girl in the square must have Calvin rolling over in his grave.
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  • Day2

    Gammal vänskap rostar aldrig

    November 30, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Vi mötte upp Johanna och Erik på La Clemence för ett par drinkar - utanför sprangs det fortfarande men vi fokuserade på gamla minnen och på att få språken att synka då Erik inte är bäst på engelska och Anders franska är något begränsad. Det gick faktiskt ganska bra!

    Vi drog vidare till Café Bourg du Four (det sprangs än, nu med nummerlappar uppe på 47000-talet). En god middag med många skratt och ännu mer nostalgi. En liten födelsedagssång fick vi till också till Anders stora glädje!
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    Kajsa Kelly

    Cute gang 🥰

    11/30/19Reply
    Ulrika Swedlund

    😘

    12/1/19Reply
     
  • Day20

    Geneva

    December 27, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 41 °F

    I had a great walk about this evening. Found a winter market, nice outdoor restaurants, and the shopping area called Bel-air. Only the most expensive stores there, Rolex, Tiffany, all the major clothing brands.Read more

    Adel Welty

    Are those busts in the upper windows?..... I wonder who they are?

    12/28/19Reply
    Pam Welty

    They were cut outs in the windows and lit from behind. That was on the university campus in Geneva.

    12/28/19Reply
     
  • Day8

    Adieu, Schweiz

    May 11 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Heute einen Kurzstop im wunderschönen Genf eingelegt. Bei strahlendem Sonnenschein einmal durch die Altstadt zum See und wieder zurück. Kommentar Lou: „Wir sind immer am Laufen.“ Vielleicht sollte uns das zu denken geben.
    Am Abend geht es weiter nach Aix-les-Bains in Frankreich, um uns langsam dem Mittelmeer zu nähern.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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