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    • Day27

      27. Etappe zickige Schweiz

      November 10, 2021 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Nach dem Frühstück wollen wir noch ein paar spanische Mitbringsel im Supermarkt besorgen und das Auto tanken…
      In den kommenden Ländern ist der Diesel erheblich teurer.
      In den ersten Bergen der Pyrenäen geht es mit heftigen Dauerregen und starkem Wind nur langsam voran.
      In Frankreich machen wir nur einen kleinen Stopp auf einem Rastplatz. Typisch für hier sind die vielen Automaten in den Raststätten, die viele heiße Getränke anbieten. Nach einem Automatencafe und einem leckeren Croissant geht es weiter😀.

      Wir entschließen uns heute für die Strecke durch die Schweiz. …
      Die uns nur widerspenstig empfängt 😬
      1.- wurde ich an der der Grenze mit 57 (50) geblitzt 👍.
      2.- wollte uns niemand eine Vignette für die Autobahnen verkaufen. Eine geschlagene Stunde bei gefühlten Null Grad sind wir an dem Grenzübergang von Haus zu Haus und Hütte zu Hütte gelaufen um eine Vignette zu kaufen.
      Die Zollbeamten schickten uns immer wieder zu dem Verkaufshäuschen zurück, er wollte einfach nicht glauben, dass der Kollege schon Feierabend gemacht hat 😳. Nachdem er sich mit mir davon überzeugt hat verkauft er uns nun doch zähneknirschend eine Vignette. 👍

      Erfreulicherweise und dank Park4night fanden wir noch einen wunderschönen Parkplatz für die Nacht, direkt am Genfer See. Leider war es mittlerweile schon dunkel geworden und wir konnten den schönen Ausblick nur bedingt genießen 😀.
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    • Day729


      March 3, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      Long trip. Very different. Dubai airport was almost empty, more people waiting in Geneva arrivals hall compared to travellers. I think the world will take a long time to get back to people travelling as they used to.Read more


      Oh wow 🤩

    • Day11


      April 19, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Geneva is located in the southwest of Switzerland where the Rhone River exits Lake Geneva (Lac Leman, in French). Geneva is a global city, hosting a lot of international activity ( see another post).
      Historically, Geneva was a border town with all the trading that goes with it. The Rhone was for many years the northern border of the Roman empire, and the city's location is likely due to an ancient bridge located here.
      The 1st picture looks out to Lake Geneva from near where the Rhone flows out. To the right is the Jet d'Eau, the water jet that shoots 120 meters high and has become a symbol of the city. The 2nd picture looks down the Rhone from under the bridge at the point where the river begins. The old town (see another post) is on the hill to the left of the the river.
      The 3rd picture is the floral clock in the English Garden along the lake shore.
      The 4th picture is the opera house, and the 5th picture is in the Bastion Park. During the Reformation (see another post), Geneva was one of the most heavily fortified towns in Europe: a staunchly Protestant town surrounded by largely Catholic regions. Most of that has been dismantled, but this park is in one of those areas, in between the inner bastion and the 2nd wall.
      The last 2 pictures are for the science geeks: Geneva's other famous resident, CERN. The particle physics lab is world renown. The 2 pictures are at the Atlas site, the only one of the 4 observation sites in Switzerland. 1 is of the outer wall. The other is the control room.
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    • Day13

      Geneva's Old Town

      April 21, 2022 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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    • Day12

      Geneva International

      April 20, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      It is quite likely that Geneva is best known these days for its international presence. In fact, more international organizations have their headquarters here than in any other city in the world.
      The 1st picture looks down the entrance to the Palace of Nations, the European headquarters of the United Nations., Unfortunately, it is still closed from the pandemic. The 2nd picture is part of 1 of the wall murals around the Palace of Nations property. The 3rd picture that looks like a smaller version of the UN headquarters in New York is the home of the World Intellectual Property Organization. The 4th picture is a sculpture near the UN. It is an artillery piece with the barrel twisted into a knot as a call to an end to war.
      The 5th picture is around the corner from the Palace of Nations and is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi with the Arianna Museum in the background.
      The 6th picture is the International Red Cross building, formerly the Hotel Carlton. The Red Cross was founded in Geneva. What I was surprised to learn is that the name came from the flag, not the other way around. The red cross on the white field is the reverse of the Swiss flag, white cross on red. The original Geneva convention was signed here, the original of which is in the 7th picture. Their museum is extraordinary, looking at all of what the Red Cross does, going back to the beginning of the organization. The 8th picture is an example. This room holds thank you gifts to Red Cross workers from prisoners visited, all hand made from materials at hand in the prison.
      The 9th picture is the headquarters of the World Council of Churches. The 10th picture is in the Rockefeller Chapel in the WCC building. It is a beautiful space with many expressions of Christianity from around the world.
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    • Day13

      Reformation Geneva

      April 21, 2022 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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    • Day8

      Adieu, Schweiz

      May 11, 2022 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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    • Day37

      Last day in Geneva

      June 26, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Today we woke up and checked out of our hostel and went to a brunch place for amazing avocado toast! Then we walked to this smaller area in Geneva called Carouge but when we got there, because it was Sunday, the shops were all closed so there wasn’t as much for us to do. So we walked back to the main part of town and we got our books and hung out in a park until we decided to go see the new Elvis movie before our train that night. the movie was amazing and then we stopped on the way home for dinner at a burger place because it was the only thing open on Sunday ha! Then we went back to the hostel to get our bags before going to the bus station for our overnight train. It honestly was as bad because we each got our own row to spread out/ lay down in which was nice.Read more

    • Day84


      July 18, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

      One brief but beautiful evening in Geneva. Ready to fly home tomorrow!

      I wish St. Pierre had been open. It's one of the most intriguing churches I've seen since it's a crazy combination of an ancient Roman temple, a gothic church, and maybe a baroque church.

      Everyone is very tired after the altitude changes, train travel, and getting ready to come home. I'm so glad Sean and I pushed through to go out and get a little taste of Geneva (and that we have kids old enough to babysit). It was one of those unexpectedly magical evenings that happen when you travel!
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      I'm glad you two had this special together.

    • Day75

      Geneva, Switzerland

      July 22, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Geneva was our last home base in Switzerland. It's home to the United Nations, the CERN Large Hadron Collider and the Red Cross. Its location is interesting in that it's surrounded by France on 3 sides. It's situated between the Alps, Jure mountains, and Lake Geneva. As such, we once again had to quickly adjust to a language change, where previously most of the places we had been spoke Swiss-German, Genevans primarily spoke Swiss-French. Luckily Emily had taken 1 year of French high school.

      While we were here the temperature hit a record of 39.7 °C, breaking a record previously set in 1921 (38.9). Aren't we lucky our Hostel gave us a little table fan 🙄.

      It had some interesting sights such the Jet d'Eau, and number of free Museums like the Muséum d'histoire naturelle (Natural History Museum), Musée d'Art et d'Histoire (Museum of art and History), Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève (Botanical Garden) and the CERN facility tour.
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      must be hot. nice you let them drink.


      Call in the Gardener !! [EE]


      Mother Nature thanks the 2 of you!!! [EE]


      Beautiful !! What an amazing country !! [EE]


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