Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva was the perfect layover between Paris and Amsterdam. It was a place where we were able to rest, recoup and still do a little exploring and a little learning with Clare. On Sunday night she treated us to a more classic Swiss dinner, raclette. She has a little raclette broiler so we enjoyed melted cheese over vegetables, bread and potatoes.

Since she lives in Geneva, she did have to go to work on the Monday so we spent the day, sleeping in, watching Netflix, making breakfast and then walking down the the town below her house and exploring. After she was done for the day she picked us up and she was able to show us around Geneva.

We went into the Cathedrale de St-Pierre and I was shocked by how basic it looked. But then Clare showed us this one room off the main hall that was decorated in deep reds and blues. Everything in the main area was demolished and removed when Geneva’s residents embraced the Reformation. Also in the Cathedral is Jan Kalvin’s triangular chair.

Back outside of the Cathedral and in Old Town Geneva, we walked along stone buildings and tree leaves changing color.

Down by the Lac Leman, also where the Geneva Jet d’Eau (aka huge water spout) is, we walked in a park called Jardin Anglais. There was this cool design made of shrubbery and greenery in the design of a clock.

Making our way back to the car, we stopped at La Clemence in the Place du Bourg de Four. It was a cute little cafe with outdoor seating. They offered blankets and pillows. We sipped on mulled wine and had a bite or two of a cheese and meat board.

We headed back to the car so we could make dinner for Clare. She truly made our travels in Paris and Geneva more planned, and was able to tell us all about the history of so many landmarks, monuments and areas.

The bottom line is: Find yourself a Clare and keep her around. And invite her to show you around and to travel with you.

xx, Chandler

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