My aunt came to the UK last week and we decided to travel to Geneva for a weekend. It was a wonderful but crazy trip.
Let’s me interpret the word “crazy” here. First, I booked the flight ticket two days before we depart. Secondly, the cloth we wore did not match the weather at all. I thought the weather in Geneva will be colder than UK, hence, I wore a thick legging before we touched down in Geneva. However, I felt so hot as I walked in the street of Geneva!! Anyway, my sweat paid off with the upgraded room to Junior Suite in New Midi Hotel. The 4 star hotel is located near the lake and the shopping streets. Our room consists of 2 living rooms, 2 bathrooms, and 3 flat TVs.
The first day we went to have a walk to Lake of Geneva. The sunset was magnificent with the water jet 140 metres high, with 500 litres of water passing through it per second at a speed of 200 km per hour!
The next morning, we decided to go to Mont Blanc and Chamonix at the very last minute. My aunty Mary told me since the weather in Geneva is so hot, the ice on top of the mountain must be melting and not cold at all. I can’t imagine I went up to the mountain with my long dress! I suppose to wear this dress for touring around the Geneva city. Anyway, we were in the bus without warm clothing and sunblock. Fuiyo…
After all, the ice on top of mountain did not melt. With the pearly white flanks of the Mont Blanc massif as a sensational backdrop, the Chamonix Valley is the Alps at their most dramatic. The most famous and highest of the Aiguilles de Chamonix has been an essential world attraction. From the centre of Chamonix, a 20 minutes ride in the Aiquille du Midi cable car takes us to the gateway to the high Alps at a height of 3,842 m, where you will have a clear view of Mont Blanc.
We managed to take lots beautiful photos on top of the mountain.
We had our lunch in a Chinese restaurant. The food is tasty, most importantly, two handsome soldiers sitting beside us. Yeah, photo again…;)
Due to lack of time, we missed the important attraction France’s largest glacier, the glistening 200m-deep Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) snakes 7 km down on the northern side of Mont Blanc, moving up to 1cm an hour (about 90m a year). However, I was fortunate enough to meet a new friend, name Ti Ming Tan, he is kind enough promise to send me some of the photos of the famous glace. Thanks to him, I promise will be back again to tour around the sea of ice.
On the last day, we toured around the city.
The reformation wall
At the heart of the Parc des Bastions, the main protagonists of the Reformation, John Calvin, William Farel, Theodore Beza and John Knox, were depicted in giant statues and bas-reliefs. The giant chess game was of fun!!
St Peter's Cathedral
It was built in the 12th century, in 1535 at the time of the Reformation, the Cathedral became a place of Protestant worship. We went up to the 157 steps of the north tower and were rewarded with an incredible view of the city and the lake.
The flower clock
Its diameter is 5 metres - the largest of its kind in the world until the installation of a 15 metres flower clock in Tehran, Iran. Geneva's "L'horloge fleurie" was created in 1955 as a symbol of the city's watchmakers and dedication to nature.
Stroll along the backstreets and discover the city’s many historical treasures.