Geneva – va

I recently won free flights to a European city of my choice, and upon making a shortlist of places I wanted to visit, I soon selected Geneva as my city of choice. The thought of good coffee, pastries, a giant lake and surrounding mountains lured me in. Before I knew it I had book a hostel for 1 night and I was on my way. I went here alone, and this was my first solo travelling experience.

As usual it turned out the city offered much more than I had expected, maybe my research skills prior to a trip need some work. Immediately after landing, coffee was my first thought, as it was half 10 in the morning and I had not had my daily fix yet. I tried at the airport in England before the flight and actually purchased a coffee at the departure gate. However, almost immediately after purchasing the coffee a bus turned up to take us to the aircraft and I was not allowed to take my hot drink onto the bus, so had to get rid. Nightmare. Anyway, it turned out in my favour as the cafe I found in Geneva was also a massive second hand book shop with rows and rows of books which could be read while drinking coffee. I spent over an hour here.

My next point to visit was the St Pierre Cathedral, as you can climb right to the top of one of its bell towers for a complete 360 degree view if the city. From here I went down to the lake to see the famous fountain, passing by numerous parks and of course, watch shops. The afternoon I went to the other side of the city to walk around the ground surrounding the Office of the United Nations. One of the best things about this city is that upon arrival, all tourists are issued with a free travel card which is valid for the duration of their stay. So after a walk around the United Nations I hopped on a tram to go and visit CERN, the home of the Large Hadron Collider. Here you will find a museum which is completely free to enter and takes about an hour to walk around.

In the evening I found a McDonalds for dinner, which is probably the most expensive McDonalds I have ever paid for in my life, about £15 for a burger meal, but that is just the way Geneva is, everything is expensive. As with most city breaks 48 hours was definitely long enough, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

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