The day I played tourist in Geneva

Armed with our cameras, S from Schwingen in Switzerland spent a relaxing afternoon doing a walking tour of Geneva.  I later on found out that if you only have 1 day in Geneva, this is pretty much what you could do in a couple of hours.

We first started here at Lake Leman and the towering Jet d’Eau which happens to be the world’s tallest fountain.  Because I had an errand to run, we then continued across the Rhone River into Geneva’s ritzy shopping and banking district – Rue du Rhone.

This street will hold many memories for me for I spent many an afternoon just roaming along this street, window-shopping and meeting up with friends.

After a trip to the post office, we continued the tour starting from the very heart of Geneva’s Old Town – the Place du Bourg-de-Four.  This has always been a meeting place of many and today people still gather around the 18th century flowered fountain or on the terrace of the nearby bistros to enjoy a chilled beer or gelato on a sunny day.

We then walked on further to the beautiful Bastions Park where I marveled at the Reformation Wall containing the effigies of Geneva’s founding fathers.

S even took time to make a new friend along our walk.

Beautiful chess pieces at the Bastions Park.  A relaxing afternoon spent just watching people playing chess.

Roasted chicken

Last weekend, we tagged along the S family for dinner at Gland.  The S family have been living in Geneva for the past 14 years and pretty much know the place at the back of their hands so we are pretty fortunate to have known this lovely family.

Gland is located halfway between the cities of Geneva and Lausanne.  Just some 30 minutes after our drive from Geneva, we arrived at the quaint and quiet Gland for dinner at Auberge de Dully.  E says it’s the best roast chicken that’s closest to Geneva.  And after the meal, we certainly thought so.

Le poulet (french for chicken) is served in this restaurant, so don’t expect anything else.  We ordered 5 chickens to be split amongst the party.  The concept is pretty similar to the one at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte – a salad, the mains which are the chickens, and free-flow sides of french frites and rosti.  If you ain’t stuffed by now, then I would suggest that you order this awesome tart that’s a house specialty at the restaurant.  It’s a creme custard tart but when we bit into it, we thought of KAYA immediately.  Guess we just miss our favourite local breakfast jam!  Hehe!

On our drive back to Geneva, we asked the S family what’s there to do for fun and they introduced us to this game of laser.  We booked a game at 10pm. 20 minutes later, we emerged from the dark room filled with laughter. As we wiped off our beads of perspiration before heading home, we proclaimed that it was the ‘most happening’ night that we had spent in Geneva so far.  Oh, the little joys in life.

Auberge de Dully
Address: CH 1195, Dully
Telephone: +41 021 824 11 49
http://www.aubergedully.ch
 

Purple rain

We’ve been seeing rain in Geneva for the past 2 days making it a little dreadful to head out.  I wished I had rain boots, makes sloshing in the wet weather a little more pleasant.  Another pair of shoes to add to the supposed ban-list?  ;p

Yesterday, the lovely Lauren at The Swiss Watch blog  invited me along for the Welcome Coffee at the American International Women’s Club.  It was raining and I was dreading to go for I really hate getting wet, but I was keen to learn more about the various activities that the Club offered.  Plus, it was a rain or shine event, so I braved the wet weather and headed out.

I was glad I did for I was greeted with this beautiful sight.  Even with the pouring rain, I couldn’t help but feel that my footsteps were little lighter and happier with every step I took.

I’m starting to think that perhaps the rain ain’t that bad after-all, with nature’s gift of beauty to behold.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing,
wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating;
There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
~John Ruskin

Blogging.

The world of blogging has opened up doors for me. Thanks to ‘cyber-pals’ and friends (you know who you are) who pulled me out of my small melt-down that I’ve experienced earlier this week. Honestly, I thought the expat life and the so-called ‘Domestic Princess Life’ would be easier having lived through Tokyo but surprisingly, it isn’t. Instead, it’s tougher. But isn’t life? Life ain’t always easy but we try to make the best out of it.

Came across this quote and I especially liked it –

“Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle or end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”

– Author, unknown

How apt and how true for life is really an ambiguity for me now. I can plan the activities for the days but who I meet, that’s the ambiguity. Through my blog, I’ve made some great cyber-pals on and off-line. I don’t know if I will ever get the chance to meet these great cyber-pals, but thank’s for cheering me up and making the extra effort to write to me. 🙂

So Sam from the US got in touch with me as she’s moving to Geneva in a couple of weeks. We exchanged a couple of mails and I’m excited to meet her when she comes to Geneva at the end of the month to check out the apartments here. Sam was also very sweet to introduce me to her pal – L at the Swiss Watch Blog, who’s also recently moved to Geneva with her husband. Met L over a morning coffee, had a lovely chat on what we’ve been up to and what we intend to do with our lives here before ending it with a stroll around Lake Geneva.

It’s my second time out at the Lake. The weather was great for some really great pictures with the Jet D’eau as the highlight for most of the pictures. I especially liked the one I took of the carousel. I’ve always had a thing for carousels for it’s a ride that I’ve always enjoyed as a child for there’s something magical about riding on the horses going round and round under the twinkling lights.