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    • Day 2

      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

    • Day 63

      Post walk: +1 - Col du Gd St Bernard to

      June 19 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Before I left the Pass this morning, I popped over to Italy, enjoyed the amazing views, was lucky enough to see a mountain goat, and met up with another two Australian pilgrims: Cathy and Geoff. They were starting out on the first stage of the Italian leg. I took a taxi down the mountain to Orsieres, then took a bus (train replacement) and train back to Martigny, where I was able to quickly transfer to the Geneva express! I am sitting in my hotel room now relaxing and reflecting on my time in Switzerland. I like pretty much everything about Switzerland; there are services all around you. I never had to worry about a place to stay or what I would be eating. Obviously, the landscape is phenomenal, and everywhere you look, you can see something beautiful. I have included some photos of Paulette, Alison, and Matt (the Californians), and I have included some of the lovely pieces I saw in the hospice (as well as the church itself). P.S. as a reflection on my entire walk: my gear was first class - thank you to all my BMC friends for your wisdom and advice (it made all the difference). I'd also like to send a shout-out to Andrew T. Not only was he a great walking companion, but he was also a source of ongoing invaluable advice as he forged ahead of me on the Path - thank you, Andrew 😊Read more

    • Day 6

      A beautiful day in Geneva

      July 5 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 75 °F

      Slow start to the day with Elizabeth and Evelyn sleeping until 11 (sleeping off travel) and Evelyn (sleeping off a sinus infection 😞) however a beautiful afternoon and evening in Geneva with a trolly your of the old city and fondue. Could have used a couple more walks up and down the hill to the old city!Read more

    • Day 1

      En kväll med fondue

      November 29, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

      Ut i gamla stan för lite mat. Hamnade på en rustik restaurang där tiden stått stilla; le Café des Antiquaires, där det serverades en ostfondue från himmelriket! Underbara U fick feeling (läs minnesbilder från förr) och beställde in Griottes - körsbär i sprit, vilket gjorde oss till BFF med Anna och Konstantin. En lååång kväll blev tidig lördag innan vi landade i sängen.Read more

    • Day 13

      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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    • Day 2

      La Garçonnière

      November 30, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

      Johanna och Erik lurade med oss på gayklubben Garçonnière då en kollega till dem skulle uppträda där - vi som skulle ta en tidig kväll...

      Showen var kanske inte direkt prisvinnande men underhållande... vi tog oss i kragen vid 2-tiden och lämnade J & E bland paljetter och fjädrar och ska nu sova sött!Read more

    • Day 13

      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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    • Day 84


      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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    • Day 20


      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

    • Day 2

      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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