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Parc des Bastions

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  • Day3

    Day 3🇨🇭 part 2!

    July 23 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    After the peak view, we went looking for a coffee and somewhere to have our sandwiches from our beloved COOP!
    Then we decided to descend back to Col du Pillon. Again the view was beautiful going down. After that we had to catch trains with our final stop being Geneva (don’t get mixed up - we were in Genova, Italy, now we’re going to Geneva, Switzerland).
    Before that though, I wanted to make a stop in Montreux to see the Freddy Mercury statue. We only had half an hour between trains so we ran to the statue and then back to the train station! Quick stop but exactly what we wanted. We’ve also started to get used to the rucksacks so it’s not much of a problem for us anymore to carry them around.
    So that was day 3! Progress in our pass statistics!
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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
     
  • Day84

    Geneva

    July 18 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. It was one of those unexpectedly magical evenings that happen when you travel!
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    Pamela D.

    ♥️♥️

    Pamela D.

    pretty

    Pamela D.

    I'm glad you two had this special together.

     
  • 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
     
  • Day3

    Day 3🇨🇭

    July 23 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Woke up in Lugano at 6:00. There was a train leaving for Les Diablerets at 7:00 - for that destination we had to change 4 trains, and it took a total of 6h and 18m.
    The first train was Lugano-Zurich, and I’m mentioning it because it passes through the world’s longest railway tunnel, at 57 kilometres and takes 20 minutes to do so! Our goal today was to get to Glacier 3000 and that’s achievable only by going to Les Diablerets, getting a bus to Col du Pillon and from there the cable car to the top of the mountain. Glacier 3000 is a Swiss company that operates different cable cars in the area, and this particular one is a bridge from two different peaks at 3000 metres above sea level. The “peak walk” as it is called, is the only suspension bridge connecting two peaks!
    The weather today was cloudy and misty but at least not rainy. The altitude made it a bit hard to breathe in the beginning but after walking a few minutes we got used to it. We were the first in our group of cable car on the peak walk so we got a bit of time for ourselves for photos and enjoying the view. In the beginning I was a big scared of the bridge cause I was only looking down (first ever thing NOT to do on a nearly transparent bridge) but then I got used to it. We got to the opposite peak and the view was beautiful. The wind was rather cold though - we were dressed correctly but there were people in shorts and we felt sorry for them 😂.

    Continuing part 2!!
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    Stella Tacha

    Fantastic

    Kiki Taha

    You would’ve been good on that Mum!😂

     
  • Day75

    Geneva, Switzerland

    July 22 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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    Fred Duburon

    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]

     
  • Day37

    Last day in Geneva

    June 26 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

  • 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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