Passing Through Geneva

Geneva was our port of entry for Switzerland, and also our exit. Upon arriving, we had to stop and purchase a decal for the car window that permitted us to drive on Swiss roads. This is their alternative to tollroads, which are a huge expense in France. Winding through Geneva to get to Bern had shown us a lovely city on a lake, with sidewalks overflowing with wildly dressed mostly-young people. There must have been a festival of some sorts, it was that wildly dressed; like pirate-wear and almost no-wear. We struggled to navigate through the crowds and did not stop.

Leaving Brienz, we enjoyed the nicest rest stop we have found in Europe thus far:

Texas plates? Really?!

Texas plates? In Switzerland? Really?!

Passing out of Switzerland through Geneva, we had planned to stop and visit. Theo had selected a lunch site at the top of a major multi-level department store, Manora, which took several passes around to locate nearby parking. It’s one of those cities where you can see where you want to be, but street directions may not get you there easily. The restaurant is sort of like a cafeteria, but divided into stations. For instance, a fresh pizza station, a pasta station, a sushi station, a grill. The food was good, and fresh, but you had to watch out for a la carte pricing. For Switzerland, though, it wasn’t too terribly costly.

Then we attempted to strike out on foot and see some of the city.

A park across from the lake.

A park across from the lake.

Some pavilion-like structure in the park.

Some pavilion-like structure in the park.

Up close, it is quite detailed.

Up close, it is quite detailed.

I guess this is how they keep the park so clean?

I guess this is how they keep the park so clean?

The famous water cannon on Lake Geneva.

The famous water cannon on Lake Geneva.

An Anglican church. There are so, so many more Protestant churches in Switzerland! This one was a cutie!

An Anglican church. There are so, so many more Protestant churches in Switzerland! This one was a cutie! It kind of reminded me of Charleston churches.

We only visited a few hours before moving on to our destination for the night: Lyon. Geneva just didn’t call to us; after so much vacationing, we were looking forward to returning to France. You can find all of our Swiss visit by clicking the tag Switzerland on the sidebar to your right, or searching the tag Switzerland, once it moves out of the tag cloud.

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