There’s nothing else like the excitement of discovering a new destination. I had wanted to visit Switzerland ever since I was seventeen and researching university degrees in hotel management, a desire I later decided against. But the desire to visit Switzerland never subsided. Everyone who had been lucky enough to have visited had told me about the incomparably beautiful scenery and the fabulous lifestyle on the lake shore, so when an opportunity came up to go, I couldn’t pass it up.
My friend Lidiya and I had made plans to go to Milan for a conference, and almost on a whim I decided to check the buses to Geneva to see if we could swing by for a day or two. It turned out to have been one of the best spontaneous travel decisions I’d ever made! The five-hour trip wasn’t bad at all, and it was a great change from always flying into a destination and having to go through the whole hassle of airport security and shuttles into the city. We got off in central Geneva, dropped our stuff at the hotel, had a quick power nap, and out we went into the lovely sunshine to explore the gorgeous lake shore.
As the view out to the lake opened up in front of us, our jaws dropped to the floor.
Jet d’Eau, the impressive fountain on the lake, and one of Geneva’s most famous landmarks.
A walk around the marina was worth our while as we came across the little sandy beach just off shore.
Salmon and lentil salad at Cottage Cafe.
Back to our walk, we started down along the promenade.
The water was so clean I was dying to take a dip. Pretty cold though!
Perched atop a rock just by the marina, but risking it all for that shot 🙂
Beautiful hotels and some administrative buildings line the lake’s shore.
We were making our way down toward the park on the western shore, when we came across this lovely little glade.
Right by the glade and looking out to the lake was my dream home, complete with a double staircase and french windows with mint green shutters. Now, anyone looking to buy a kidney?!
I loved the relaxed atmosphere along the promenade.
At least someone was taking a dip.
We turned back towards the Jet d’Eau to explore the opposite shore. It was another great spontaneous decision as we caught that amazing rainbow in the fountain!
Geneva is really picture-perfect with its clean lake and well-maintained green spaces with flowers blooming all around!
Trying to reach 140 metres up … and not giving up!
L’horloge fleurie, or the Flower clock – another famous landmark we just chanced upon.
Over to a quainter part of Geneva – the old town!
The winding cobbled streets climb up and down the hills of the old town and it’s easy to forget which century you’re in!
A rosy sunset always makes things even better.
At twilight the city came alive and the relaxed atmosphere was a mere memory.
There were so many cafes and bars on the promenade where people were having cocktails and dancing by the lake!
The calm waters looked even clearer at night.
With one last look at the mesmerising lights, we said goodbye to the city on the lake, but we knew one thing – that view would stay with us forever.
Geneva was definitely a case of wanderlust well-satisfied. I had some pretty steep expectations, and even those got exceeded, so I can only say this: if you haven’t been to this stunningly beautiful piece of the world, get yourself there as soon as you possibly can.
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