Geneva, Switzerland January 25-28

First, some pictures of what our life is like a majority of the time. So you can see what you’re missing out on if you don’t come visit 🙂

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pugs on the lap no matter what. it will happen. if you sit down just expect a pug. it’s the only cost of staying with us. i think it’s worth it!

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and of course the hubs playing video games. we may challenge you to some sort of duel. or battle?

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and then there’s me relaxing if I’m not working. i’m kind of a bum. but it gives us plenty of time to catch up on hulu and resting.

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and like i said you have to have a pug on you. if penny’s on me, you know galway’s not far behind

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or a husband… 🙂

But of course this is about going on trips and living in bella Napoli.

We have finally gotten off night shift and onto day shift. it’s been nice to see the sun and be able to participate in every day activities.

My friend Leah was planning a trip to Geneva and realized that I happened to be off that same weekend. After a couple casual comments on the fact, Ben and I decided we could go! And yes I realize that I’m updating this WAY late but such is life. I think I’m becoming more and more Neapolitan.

This is our drive to the airport the afternoon we left for Geneva. Ah a horse drawn buggy. Of course we were kind of running a little late. ah va bene!

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of course the italians were not able to drive behind this, it was a little painstakingly slow.

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glad that was over

 

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we were a little tired on the plane ride.

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snow in Germany! like real giant snowflakes. That was about the extent of what I needed to see this winter. Unfortunately our layover wouldn’t be the last time we saw it.

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the rug in our hotel room. Ben thought he looked like Luigi! silly swiss rugs. there were a lot of similar rugs to this

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Ben liked the room but was not happy about having to go back out into the cold for dinner. we share our dislike for cold.

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old fashioned keys. this hotel was very charming.

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fancy bathroom. excuse my disheveled mess after a night shift and a long plane ride.

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pretty bathroom, ,stupid layout

Imagegoing out for dinner was welllll worth it! LOVE cheese fondue. apparently it’s a Swiss specialty, we had this same dinner at another restaurant the very next night. it was sooo good. all they give you to dip into it is bread and boiled potatoes. lots of carbs but we justified it with our amount of walking!

 

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lovebirds

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parts of our first walk out in the city

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me and Leah and our yummy starbucks

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beautiful landscapes and mountains in the background

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crazy trees, expensive stores

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VERY expensive stores

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there were lots and lots of birds everywhere. they were fascinating to me. i don’t think leah was quite as amused but good thing ben is able to put up with me 🙂

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Horloge Fleurie (The Flower clock)! It’s supposed to have different flowers every season that can grow and flourish with that weather. I don’t think these ones are doing so hot though…

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the obligatory tourist photo

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poor flowers. damn snow!

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pretty fountain, no water…

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all the birds!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lisa Bates would not enjoy this city

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happy faces

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at the end of the pier. we thought the jet d’eau would be out here, but we walked waaayy past it and this was just a pier.

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the sign warning us to protect our children, and close the chain!

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ohhh nooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

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totally paid the 1 franc to use those binoculars. it was awesome.

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lots of statues everywhere…

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ooooh the plaque showing us where and when the jet goes off. it didn’t go off all Saturday

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ahhh swan battle royale!!!

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everything was all good though. no birds were hurt while we were watching

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we walked up a lot of steps before seeing this statue. i thought it was cool though. Old town was a hike!

 

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more steps to walk up

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St. Pierre Cathedral. This looks like an office building but it’s definitely a church on the inside!

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other buildings around the square by the cathedral with a Geneva flag and a Swiss flag

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sitting break after all those stairs

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the inside of the cathedral. Beautiful!

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fast action Ben in the cathedral

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the gigantic organ above the door.

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beautiful architecture

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I loved this side room. So many colors, so pretty!

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Originally a granary, the early 17th century building is HQ to the State Archives, the Ancien Arsenal’s five cannons guard Old Town, vestiges of the battery that earlier guarding the city’s ramparts, long after the armoury was decommissioned in 1877.

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ben was a willing model all weekend 🙂

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the famous cannon ferrets, i actually fell for this story which only happens every once in a while now so he was pretty proud of himself. ben told me and leah that they represented the “cannon ferrets” that used to run up and down the cannon cleaning the inside during war, motivated by putting food on one end.

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view from the top of the stairs

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check out the ridiculous tram system, lots of public transportation here. oh and another clock!

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of course this picture is for my mom.

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we ended up eating here on our last night

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the Monument Brunswick- a mausoleum erected in memory of Duke Charles of Brunswick who left his fortune to the City of Geneva in 1873.

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A brass plate by the lakeside commemorates the spot where the anarchist Lucheni assassinated Sissi, Empress of Austria, in 1898.

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Our first spotting of Jet d’Eau, although now I don’t see it

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the flowers by the Monument Brunswick. they’re better off than the flower clock!

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i bet this fountain’s more pretty with water in it…

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and of course that’s my husband

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on the playground. i was not surprised

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he spun around for a while. ahh my hubs is a kid at heart

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oh this statue. if only we knew the story behind this hilarious looking scene. we had a couple theories. mostly i just wanted to understand why the man was naked. did the horse eat his clothes?!

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the giant Broken chair

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ah my lovely puffy cheese face

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i think we’ll need one of these for our backyard

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in front of the UN!

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The Broken Chair was constructed by renowned sculptor Daniel Berset in 1997 at the request of Handicap International. This image has been around the world and is now regarded as one of the most iconic pieces of 21st century art. Its message is simple: remember the plight of landmine victims and encourage States to commit themselves to the prohibition of cluster munitions. To illustrate this battle, the Broken Chair has only three legs with the fourth being broken halfway up. Despite this, it stands tall and proud and, with a height of 12 metres, is impressive in its dignity.

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The palace, which was built in the 1930s, was the main headquarters of the League of Nations until 1946. The building complex, called the Palais Des Nations, houses the UN Human Rights Council as well as the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, among other agencies.

 

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ben looking Italiano with his hat hair

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there’s the American Flag!

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I looked for the Philippine flag but couldn’t find it 😦

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it’s so big!

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I don’t understand the pose but I like it!

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this is a mural right next to the sign for the United Nations

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maybe he’s just saying “Heyyyyy” and they’re laughing over a hilarious joke?

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the gorgeous Lake Geneva

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ohh Geneva puggies!!! The black one looks scared, the fawn one looks pissed that we interrupted his walk. They probably speak French.

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mmm a warm up snack of starbucks and REAL Swiss chocolate!

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From the Swiss Chocolatier: “Oh no we don’t do chocolate and peanut butter. NOT IN GENEVA BITCHES.” Okay maybe she didn’t say bitches but I’m pretty sure I offended her. well damn they’re missing out!

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those are some serious faces. we’re definitely scrutinizing those chocolates

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they were good! (they’d be good with peanut butter too though :))

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oh Ben thanks for this one 🙂

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he likes his chocolate too

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😀

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lovely art. Darth Vader and sad elephant

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oh wake up Jessie

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there that’s better

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taking a stroll down the Rhone River

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Sunday when nothing’s open but the Jet d’Eau ACTUALLY goes off!

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the least expensive watch in Geneva!

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greetings in different languages!

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hey eyes up mister!

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on a boat!

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in the boat!

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we weren’t willing to go outside to take these pictures, thus a window glare

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i would prefer this lake in the summer i think. i bet there are a ton of boats when it’s warm

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mountains in the background. Mont Blanc is the exceptionally snowy one in the middle, the highest point in the Swiss Alps. We wanted to take a ride up to it but it was over 200 francs per person!

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sleepy husband

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the reformation wall

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Geneva’s official commemoration of its significant role in the Reformation is the Reformation Wall or Reformation Monument, carved in the early 20th century.

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outdoor chess and checkers. it was quite busy for being so dang cold outside!

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i love this little old man. i also wish i knew what was going on with this board and if he was winning…

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i think ben could take him

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all the “convo” blocks all lit up at night. Loved it!

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getting ready for his lobster dinner. what a trooper

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that thing was a lot of work!

Imagethese were pictures hanging in the hall at our hotel. we said good morning every day. those Genevan’s love their naked people.

That’s it for our Geneva trip. We had a ton of fun and it was cool to go on a visit together with a friend. Switzerland is stinking expensive and we paid for everything in Francs instead of Euro which always distorts the real damage. I think we can officially check this place off our list. Although beautiful and fun, we probably wouldn’t go back unless there was a real reason. We had to go through a cheese detox when we got home.

our next trip is at the end of this month, probably to Dublin, or maybe London, we’ll see.

and now a few pictures of penny snuggling into my blanket. she did this all on her own. see they can be sweet!

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One thought on “Geneva, Switzerland January 25-28

  1. Great trip again and wonderful pictures. I would also like to know what happened to that guys clothes. Either the horse ate them or the dude has other thoughts. Ewwwww!!! Was there a lot of swiss cheese in Switzerland? If you want my vote…go to Ireland since we have a few ounces of Irish blood. Love you both…and you look great. Ben looks like he’s losing weight, but the cheese probably didn’t help!!! Talk to us soon.

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