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A Few Hours in Geneva

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A May 2009 trip to Geneva by phileasfogg

Eglise Russe Photo, Geneva, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: According to the official Geneva Web site, the city’s home to over 200 international organisations. In about five hours, we saw a Russian Church and an English garden; dined at a café where we were served by an Indian, and went past another where Bill Clinton dined. Cosmopolitan? You bet.

A Walk through the Old Town

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At the Arsenal Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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Heaven is never quite on our side when we’re going sightseeing. The cathedrals with the most imposing spires (like Bern’s Münster, or Strasbourg’s Eglise St Thomas) are shrouded in unsightly scaffolding. In Bern, we discovered that the famous bear pits no longer housed any bears. And this in a city named after the bear.In Geneva, therefore, we were no terribly surprised to find that its most famous attraction—the Jet d’Eau (which throws 500 litres of water every second into the air, to a height of 140 metres at the rate of 200kmph)—wasn’t working. The weather wasn’t right for it, we were told. Huh? There wasn’t a cloud in sight. We were later told, by my cousin, that it’s wind that’s the cul...Read More

La Cathédrale St Pierre

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Attraction | "Austere but Interesting: Geneva's Cathedral"

La Cathédrale St Pierre Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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Churches rank right up there with museums on our lists of must-sees, so Geneva’s Cathédrale St Pierre was priority on our itinerary for the city. On this particular jaunt through Europe, we’d already visited churches in Lausanne, Bern, Fribourg, Strasbourg and Colmar, so we were (also keeping in mind experiences from other European cities we’ve been to) expecting something imposing—the sort of building you can see from streets away.The Cathedral of St Peter, Cathédrale St Pierre, is impressive, there’s no doubt about that. But it’s so tucked away amidst the other buildings that, unless you’re keeping an eye out for it, you can actually miss it. Well, we did at any rate, and ended up meanderi...Read More

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La Cathédrale St Pierre
Cour St Pierre
Geneva, Switzerland 1204
+41 22 738 56 50

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

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Attraction | "Lots of Great Art - and More"

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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Give Tarun and me a map of a European city, and the first thing we look for is museums. We’re nuts about collections of art, history, nature, and wacky stuff like sewing machines, chocolate, wine and the like—as long as it isn’t disgusting or boring. So, having collected a map of Geneva (and realised we didn’t have the time to see the Patek Philippe Museum of Clocks and Watches), we set off for the Museum of Art and History, the Musée d’art et d’histoire on Rue Charles Galland. Entry to the museum is free (except for the special exhibitions, which we were anyway not interested in). The museum itself is large—not the type you can skip through in half an hour and still have something to tell the folks b...Read More

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Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
2 Rue Charles-Galland
Geneva, Switzerland 1204
+41 22 418 34 12

Taverne de la Madeleine

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Restaurant | "Teetotaling in Geneva's Oldest Eatery!"

Taverne de la Madeleine Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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We’d just emerged from the Cathédrale St Pierre and were looking about for a place to eat when we came across the Taverne de la Madeleine. While in Switzerland and Alsace, we’d got out of the habit of going inside a restaurant; we’d simply sit outside at one of the tables. At Taverne de la Madeleine too we dumped all our stuff—bag, guidebook, camera, jacket, etc—and sat down gratefully at a table under one of the pretty creamy-white beach umbrellas. A waiter soon came along to hand over the menus, and as he was moving off with our drinks order (Orangina for Tarun, Coke for me), he grinned shyly and asked us, "Are you from India?" When we said we were, he told that he was Indian too (we’d guessed it)—f...Read More

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Taverne de la Madeleine
20, Rue Toutes Ames
Geneva
+223106070

Eglise Russe

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Attraction | "An Orthodox Russian Cathedral - in Switzerland"

Eglise Russe Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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I’m a Christian, so am usually pretty much at ease in churches—I know the ropes, so to say Tarun, though not a Christian, has been married to me long enough to also have an idea of what’s done and what’s not. That said, we were still pretty much out of our depth at the Eglise Russe, also known as the Cathedrale Orthodox Russe, the Russian Orthodox Church. Read on to see why!In a city that’s in any case short on major sights to see, the Eglise Russe has the added disadvantage of being tucked away in a forgotten corner, far from the hectic busyness of the Old Town. We’d read that the most distinctive feature of the church was its set of gilded onion domes, and sure enough: walking past the Musée d’ar...Read More

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Eglise Russe
Rue Toepffer
Geneva, Switzerland 1206
+41 22 346 47 09