It was all about old friends and new cities this week. My friend Kira came to visit me for a couple of weeks. She just finished up her last semester of art school in Lacoste, France which is just north of Marseille and not too far from me. You can check out her art here. We spent the first few days of her visit hiking and beach bumming it in Hyères before hopping on the train to Geneva, Switzerland for the weekend. Let me tell you that I’ve fallen in love with this city.
The train ride took us through lush, grassy fields juxtaposed with trees covered in their glorious autumnal shades of yellows, reds and oranges before turning into snow-peaked mountains and bodies of melancholic blue waters. I’ve never really understood the obsession some people have with fall, but you could call me a sucker for it now.
We spent two nights and one full day in the city so we were a bit short on time. Luckily though, Geneva is a relatively small city so we were able to squeeze the highlights in pretty easily.
I won’t go into too much detail because this really is a city you need to see for yourself, but here are a few of the highlights:
- Riding the ferry across the lake
- Walking through some of the city’s parks (there are over 20 in Geneva’s city center)
- Eating Swiss chocolate in a closed restaurant that looked like a palace
- Seeing the world’s flags fly in unity at the UN building
- Finding a rock garden
- Seeing snow fall on the mountain tops in the distance
- Watching a lights show with hundreds of locals at Place Neuve
Geneva travel vlog: