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  • Day40

    Time to Come Home

    October 27 in Switzerland

    After walking hundreds of kilometres on the Camino Frances and cycling hundreds of kilometres around the hills of Portugal, it's finally time. After staying in 26 different hotel rooms, after riding on numerous trains, buses and taxis, the time has come. We simply cannot delay it any longer, we must now face the biggest challenge of them all - the long journey home in economy class.

    It is also worth mentioning that the rain has also finally caught up with us. Steady rain has been falling in Geneva all morning, making the place look even bleaker and greyer than it did yesterday. When I checked the forecast for Zermatt, it promised that the snow would be falling there later today. When winter arrives in Europe, it can happen almost overnight.

    It is hard to believe that those hot days in Madrid were only six weeks ago. So much has happened since that time that it is easy to get just get information (and experience) overload. It has certainly been a pretty relentless schedule and the constant routine of moving from place to place does get exhausting after a while. We also gained an appreciation for just how hard the Camino is.

    When I was planning this trip I had a notion that walking the Camino would be something like walking the well known Warburton Trail. I knew that it would be challenging to front up day after day to keep walking another 20 km or more, but I did not appreciate that the terrain itself would often be so challenging. Anyone who completes the entire 800 km walk deserves a knighthood.

    At the start of every new adventure you also worry how all the complex arrangements will work out. With so many people involved, and with so many travel and hotel bookings, you always have the lingering worry that someone might have made an error. Now that the trip has all but finished I can honestly say that EVERYTHING went according to the plan. What a huge relief.

    All we have to do now is somehow get to the bus depot without getting saturated, catch the right bus to Geneva Airport and then endure 24 hours of air travel. Why does Australia have to be so darn far away ?
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  • Day39

    Geneva - Where Materialism is Master

    October 26 in Switzerland

    Our final morning in Zermatt began just like every day since we arrived in Switzerland just over a week ago. Although everyone had been warning us that the fine weather was about to come to an abrupt end, when I looked out of my hotel window all I could see was unbroken blue sky.

    Although Zermatt is built around the tourism industry, there is no denying the fact that it is in a beautiful location and we certainly had grown fond of the place in the short time we had spent here. However, after six weeks of constant travel, we both felt that it was time to head home.

    We checked out of our hotel and walked the short distance to the Zermatt Bahnhoff. We didn't have to wait long for the next train to Tasch. From there we transferred to a waiting bus to take us to Visp. During the hour or so we were on the bus, we descended continuously. Often there were tight switchbacks in the road that required the bus to slow right down.It was only when we reached the large station at Visp that disaster almost struck.

    We had both loaded our main luggage into the boot of the bus and put our back packs in the overhead rack. When we got off the bus Allan forgot his backpack and went straight to retrieve his large case. Fortunately I noticed it in time and he was able to get it before the bus drove away.

    The final stage was a two hour train trip to Geneva. I had briefly driven through this city a couple of years ago and remember that it did not make a favourable impression on me then. As the train approached the main station and we saw mile after mile of ugly graffiti, it did nothing to improve my impression of the city.

    After a short taxi ride to our hotel, we decided to explore the so called "old city" and the lakeside. It seems that the main claim to fame of the city is the huge water spout that projects water 140 metres vertically in the air. Although it was somewhat impressive, I dodn't think that I would come here just to see it.

    Since we were both hungry, we both looked for a place where we could get something for lunch without having to sell our houses first. Once again it was painfully obvious that money is king in Geneva. If you want anything, you have to be prepared to pay an exorbitant amount of money for it.

    We finally settled for a pizza place on the basis that, since it didn't have table cloths, it would probably be cheaper. It wasn't. My average pizza cost about $32 AUD. When the waiter asked what we would like to drink, we both replied "Tap water", knowing that restaurants are required to provide it free of charge. He wasn't impressed and clearly made his disgust obvious.

    Some time later our lunches arrived and he made a half hearted apology that he had "forgotten" our water. I knew he was lying and told Allan that we will never get that drink. And we didn't. He just completely ignored us. I am normally an honest person, but I have to admit that I was very, very tempted to "forget" to pay our bill. It was a very disappointing introduction to the city.

    We then went is search of coffee. When we saw a Starbucks, we thought our problem was solved. That was until we discovered that a Starbucks Cappucino was going to cost over $10. We finally found a McCafe where the same coffee only cost about $7.

    The so called old town was rather underwhelming, although the central Saint Peter's Cathedral was refreshing in its lack of internal adornment. The cathedral is not catholic, but Calvinist and this made for a stark contrast to the elaborate cathedrals we had seen all the way along the Camino walk. It is also worth noting that 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.The rest of the buildings in this area just looked dirty and drab, rather than interesting. Perhaps too many years of constant tobacco smoking by the entire population has deposited a thick layer of black tar on every fixed object. Or perhaps I am just getting too cynical.

    In our final evening in Switzerland we walked down to the lakeside to watch the water spout under floodlights. A mass of high intensity LED spotlights illuminated the spout so that it could be soon from a long distance away. We managed to walk almost to the base of the spout and somehow miraculously managed to stay dry.

    Tomorrow we pack our bags for the final time, before catching the FREE bus to the airport. It really must be the only thing in Geneva that doesn't cost a fortune. When I arrived back at the hotel and checked the weather in Zermatt, Apparently it is now pouring with rain there, and snow is expected for every day for at least the next week. How about that ?
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  • Day13

    Protz Prunk und Porsche

    September 22 in Switzerland

    Für einige Stunden konnten wir uns heute doch noch aufraffen und durch die Genfer Innenstadt schlendern.
    Neben dem bekannten Springbrunnen von Genf gab es für uns Supersportwagen der Extraklasse soweit das Auge reicht. Porsche, Maseratis, Ferraris und Bentleys schieben sich im Überfluss durch die Genfer Straßen.
    Eine Welt für sich.

  • Day99

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

    July 7 in Switzerland

    This is a sweet town! (-But it was so hard to leave Chamonix!!!! We were all wistful. Boys made some friends at paintball last night and were invited to stay on for a BBQ after. Great mums to chat with. The boys had such good fun with their new French mates and exchanged emails. Didn't want to say goodbye. Wish we could have met them earlier in our stay! Sweet.).

    Switzerland is famous for clocks, cheese, knives, chocolates, banks, and remaining neutral. Home to the European UN HQ and the European Red Cross HQ, Geneva is definitely a bit 'quiet.' On the 'Top 5 Things To Do' tourist brochure, the #2 best thing was the 'flower clock' (a small hill of flowers with a clock in the middle). We had actually already passed it on an earlier walk without realising it was the second best tourist attraction. Whoops!

    The lake (biggest in Europe) is impressive and I imagine it will be a site for many walks. The chocolate shops will also get a visit from me! And it's quite fun to people-watch. Geneva seems a bit of a melting pot. So, it will be lovely to have a few quieter days before saying Ciao/Adios/Au Revoir/ Auf Wiedersehen to Europe!

    TUESDAY- Today we make our way to London and will stay over at Heathrow before catching our flight to NYC tomorrow. Geneva was full of pleasant surprises- free 4-hour Geneveroule bike rentals which allowed us to explore at leisure, as well as some great beaches to play in, complete with floating docks, floating rock climbing towers, and a restaurant with a massive floating table so you can still eat while in the water.
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  • Day10

    Geneva

    June 17, 2017 in Switzerland

    It was transition day today, John and I had finished our cycling tour and Wendy and Sharon were arriving into Geneva today. We packed up in Albertville and headed to Geneva airport, arriving about 1.5 hours before the girls. We were all together by about two pm then headed to the hotel and then out for a bit of lunch. Quite afternoon catching up and looking around. We had a lovely dinner out under the trees at a nearby restaurant, great creme brûlée, and then an early night as we were all pretty tired.Read more

  • Day2

    Geneva day 2

    June 9, 2017 in Switzerland

    Well that was interesting! Had some drinks in a bar nearby and they were quite good. We then wandered up to a restaurant near where we were staying to have dinner, waiter gave the impression that he spoke and understood English and the menu was also in English, we were wrong. 2 glasses of wine turned into a bottle, I ordered a veal steak. Came out as a small roll of veal stuffed with spinach on a potato pancake with fries. John had risotto. The food was lovely just a bit weird looking. We had a good day, went wandering this morning and saw some of Geneva's sights, including the reformation wall. This signified the time that the Christian church divided into Protestant and Catholics. The wall contained the Mayflower edict, that people could choose their religion and the bill of rights from the 16th century. Then after lunch hired a couple of bikes and rode around the lake for a couple of hours. Odd things seen today a couple of brightly coloured cows and an unusual way to use designer jeans. Off to the French alps tomorrow.Read more

  • Day1

    Geneva

    June 8, 2017 in Switzerland

    And so it begins, John and I have arrived into Geneva where we will be for a couple of days before we join our cycling tour. The plane trip was long but it is beautiful here, lovely sunny day. We strolled around the lake foreshore, stopping for a beer or 2 and to soak up the ambiance and look at Mt Blanc peering back at us over the nearby hills. Enjoyed a lovely dinner just up the road from where we are staying. Wendy and Sharon will be pretty happy when they. Arrive next week, our accommodation is smack bang in the middle of a very fancy shopping strip.Read more

  • Day9

    Albertville

    June 16, 2017 in Switzerland

    Well it has come to an end. This was the last cycling day of our trip and it was a great finale. We started the day going up a little climb called the Lacets de Montvernier which translates to the Laces of Montvernier and lace up the mountain they did. Short but amazing, see photo below. We then moved on to the Col de Chaussy, a lovely climb with a fantastic decent. Then onto the main climb of the day which was the Col de la Madeleine a famous Tour de France climb and a brute of a climb, making you work right till the last metre! It was tough and hard work but the views from the top were amazing. We have had a great week of climbing and downhills but my muscles need a rest. Strangest thing seen today, a giant pinecone!!! Of to Geneva tomorrow to meet up with Wendy and Sharon and onto our next adventures, yippee!!!Read more

  • Day12

    Geneva

    June 19, 2017 in Switzerland

    Well here we are, last morning in Geneva. Didn't get a chance to write last night so this it...a day late. If we were able to order up the weather what we're getting is pretty much spot on. Not a cloud in the sky, nice gentle breeze, 28 degrees. Can't say that Geneva is special enough that I'd come back...we walked a fair bit of it yesterday...it is pretty by the lake, easy enough to get around but not a whole lot to see. We started yesterday struggling to find somewhere open for breakfast.Sunday means everything is closed. Only cafes were open, but then quite late. A lot of tourists were wandering around a little aimlessly. We did stop in at the local church that had impressive archeological site excavated underneath it. After mid day drinks by the waters edge we found a great Thai restaurant for lunch and then headed out to the Untied Nations for a look. It turned out to be a bit further out than we thought, caught a tram half way, and to be honest a little underwhelming when we got there. I think we probably spent all of 15 minutes there before jumping on the tram again. You can't actually get close up to the building, security gates all locked and cameras on. Maybe it's a Sunday thing? There is a plaza out the front with water jets spraying and a large 3 legged chair sculpture. Ended the day with drinks and dinner in a restaurant precinct quite near us.
    Today we leave Geneva. We have to go back to the airport to pick up the car and then we head to Zermatt, a town in the Swiss alps, apparently close to the Matterhorn. We can't take the car into town, we catch a train up. We're spending 2 nights there on our way to Lake Como for a week. If this weather holds it'll be spectacular. Challenge for today: find a pharmacy that will sell me something for my head cold
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  • Day29

    Geneva, Switzerland!!

    April 16, 2015 in Switzerland

    Mum found out how close we were to Switzerland (only 43km) so we just had to go!! Another country! It was a bit rainy and the city was pretty normal-looking but the lake was nice and the big fountain was cool. There is a mixture of old and new buildings side by side. Mum & dad had cheese fondue for lunch, they could hardly walk afterwards. We went to a nice park and science history museum too.

    Nannie is much better, she has all tubes out and breathing normally!! We are so glad. She will get her strength back gradually now.
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Genève, Geneve, Genf, Geneva, Jenwe

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