Today, I thought I would share some photos that I took with Sweetheart during our lovely walks in the centre of Geneva.
I absolutely love my city - it is the perfect combination of the exciting and the cosmopolitan with a traditional and village-like atmosphere. Exploring this beautiful little city, seeing the old town houses and wandering down secret alleys, with the mountains surrounding us on every side, is something of which we never tire.
Geneva is a very bustling city during spring and summer; it is quieter during the winter since most of the locals are up in the mountains skiing. If you have been dreaming of travelling to Geneva for a long time, I can tell you that this time of year is a magical one. Indeed during spring and summer there is a multitude of events, so hurry up and make your dream come true.
Parc des Bastions is surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. This large park is where the Reformation Wall, the Palais Eynard and the University and Library of Geneva are located.
This is the huge Reformation Wall. It’s a 100 metre long monument built in 1909 as a tribute to the fathers of the Reformation.
Upon entering the park, this huge chess area is the first thing you will see.
Let me present to you Geneva’s Old Town, situated atop a hill, which affords us amazing views…
Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, built between 1150 and 1230. It was originally a Catholic church but became Protestant during the Reformation. If you climb to the top of the tower, you will have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alps and the lake and its shores.
Let me present you Lake Geneva. Geneva is located on the banks of Lake Geneva, the city is divided into the Left Bank and the Right Bank. The Left Bank is the oldest part of the city.
From almost anywhere in Geneva, you can’t miss Geneva’s iconic fountain, the Jet D’Eau. Its water shoots high into the air (140 metres to be exact).
Many tourists enjoy taking a boat ride on Lake Geneva. They can take in Geneva’s scenery as they are crossing between the shores of Lake Geneva on board one of the Mouettes Genevoises (yellow-red boats), a symbol of the “Belle Époque”. They carry travellers between the two shores and cover 4.3 km of lake routes.
The heart of the city. So lovely to walk across picturesque bridges with the Lake Geneva and the Alps all around us.
La Romantica Restaurant (2, Rue de la Rôtisserie) What travel diary is complete without food? Being a pizza lover myself, I was practically in heaven and I am very excited to recommend this lovely restaurant located near the main street. The pizzas are excellent, the staff friendly and there is a joyful and warm atmosphere.
Trend Design & Art de Vivre Sa (5, Rue du Vieux-Collège) Beautiful Flower Front Shop. This is our favourite florist in Geneva. Their floral arrangements are stunning.
Fusterie Market takes place around the Fusterie Temple. This market welcomes a different kind of market almost every day of the week.
The bustling Place du Molard early on a Saturday morning still looks sleepy…In a couple of hours this square will be crowded until late at night.
In every corner there is flower-decked fountain. In my opinion they cheer up the city…really charming!!
Oysho Swimcare Shop (8, Place du Molard) – I am absolutely in love with their beautiful beachwear collection.
Martel cake shop & tea-room (8, Rue de La Croix -d'Or) - A cake a day keeps the sadness away!!! This is without a doubt my preferred cake shop. The display of cakes in the window is gorgeous, from brightly coloured tarts, appetising layer cakes and elaborate pastries. Seriously, it was hard to make a choice as to which cake I would have...
Before I end this post, I just want to say that the Genevan countryside is amazing and very close to the city centre. For those of you who are wine lovers a journey to a vineyard on an “open cellars” day presents an excellent opportunity to taste Swiss wines in an informal setting without buying expensive bottles.