We arrived in Versoix, Switzerland just before sunset. Versoix is a sleepy little town on the outskirts of Geneva and as you can see by the picture, it's very beautiful. Most people speak French in this region of Switzerland and the currency used is the Swiss Franc, which we quickly discovered had the most expensive conversion rate to the Canadian dollar. Hello, $12 Starbucks grande lattes! Our hotel was nestled right on Lake Geneva and was known to host diplomats from all over the world. Little did we know that its popularity came from being on the number one flight path for all incoming air traffic to Geneva. I'm terrified of hearing planes overhead, so needless to say I freaked out a little every time a plane landed, which I kid you not, was every 5 minutes!! The in-house restaurant was even called "O'Five", named after the famous flight path. We ended up eating at the hotel for dinner after spending a good half hour trying to find another restaurant in close proximity. I'm telling you... these European cities really shut down in the evenings during the work-week. We were tempted to eat chocolate for dinner because a delicious-smelling chocolate factory was the only building that showed any sort of life after 7pm. I believe we spent $128 Canadian on a set of hamburgers and fries that night, simply due to extreme hunger and lack of choice. Ohmygosh, they were the best burgers ever! We were on our honeymoon, so we threw caution to the wind and told ourselves we would have a budget-friendly breakfast to make up for it.
And we did! Roger went out in the morning and picked for us a traditional German breakfast feast, which we surprisingly missed very much even though we had it one day prior. Salami and yogurt and brie cheese and fruit... that is all you need! He also bought wine and potato chips. Also very essential.
While he was tackling the Swiss grocery store, I decided to be one with the mountains and attempt my best Heidi-esque braid. Ta-da! I think I did it!
Here is a view of Lake Geneva before we headed into Geneva by car. This is the world's tallest water fountain. Has anyone read Frankenstein? Can't you just feel
the narrative by looking at this picture? I thought so especially on this dreary day.
Our first stop in Geneva was to visit the UN headquarters. We only had a few short hours to explore the city, so we chose not to go inside.
I am happy to announce that there is no shortage of nature around the streets of Geneva. We were pleasantly surprised to find a meadow of sheep directly across from the UN Headquarters. And no, it wasn't a zoo. I'm not really sure why there were sheep in the city, but I was pleased to see them happily grazing away.
I realize now that I took a LOT of pictures of chocolate and candy and baked goods on our trip. ALL I wanted was a dainty petit-four or a handcrafted macaron; however, all the good desserts were made with wheat and all the wheat-free desserts were made with nuts. Roger had to do all the taste-testing alone and all I have are these pictures to prove that I sorely missed out! Stupid allergies.
I did get the most expensive Starbucks chai latte in all of Europe (not fact-checked so correct me if I'm wrong), so I wasn't completely sugar-deprived.
I would love to go back to Geneva one day to SHOP! There were designer stores on every corner and I fell in love with more shoes than I could count. The city definitely gave off a high-society vibe: there were Bentleys with drivers and well-dressed individuals speaking all kinds of different languages going in and out of Rolex stores. We looked up real estate prices just for fun and were blown away. It's neat - Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland and only 180,000 people live there! The largest city is Zurich with 340,000. The rest of the population is spread out throughout the countryside. How wonderful is that?
And then we saw a floating kiddie pool.
And some flags.
Some fellow lovebirds took our photo and we hit the road again for Lucerne.