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.

Panache on a hot day

Today is a Bank holiday in the UK and the US, so the Man got off slightly earlier from work and spent the rest of the day with me.  We’ve passed Place du Bourg-de-Four several times and marveled at the large crowds sitting around having their beers on the cobbled terrace.  So we made a mental note to go back and suss out the place.

Place du Bourg-de-Four is a city square in the Old Town of Geneva, Switzerland. It is a commercial center, with fountains, restaurants (with outdoor seating), gelaterias, and high-end shopping. The Place is also near Geneva’s largest church, St. Pierre Cathedral.

The weather is slowly heating up, so the alcoholic beverage of choice (ie: beer) is best enjoyed in the sweltering heat. 🙂 I decided to try the Panache (which is actually beer mixed with soda, or else commonly known as Shandy) – a light ladies drink.  Along with our beers, the Man ordered a huge ice-cream parfait which he realised was a mistake thereafter for beer and ice-cream?  A complete no-go!

I would love to come back and check out Place du Bourg-de-Four after work hours for it looks like a cool place to hang out and knock a couple of beers before heading out for a bite at the nearby restaurants.  🙂