I woke up bright and early yesterday ready to be a complete tourist and do some sightseeing around Geneva for the day.
I was heading to the UN building to have a guided tour and discovered Parc mon Repos on the way, with my first views of the famous lake! It’s a beautiful parc that runs along the edge of the lake so is worth taking a walk in- there’s lots of good sunbathing and picnic spots too.
The UN tour wasn’t too busy with a group of 25 led by Christina, a lovely German lady. She showed us around several conference rooms, the Chamber of Human Rights, the Assembly Hall and the old League of Nations Hall, all while providing lots of information and little stories about the place. To get here, you need to walk about 10 minutes up the road to the left of the main gate where the flags and the broken chair monument are.
I then walked back through the Parc to find some lunch. I had planned on getting a mouette taxi boat to the other side and then walking back via the old town, but it was too windy for boats so I just had to walk. By this time I was pretty hungry and ended up in a pizza restaurant called Molino where I had a huge and yummy Napoli pizza (although the water I had with it was CHF6 which seemed ridiculous- lessons learnt about how expensive Switzerland is!)
I then headed up to the old town to find Cathedral Sainte Pierre. It’s beautiful if a little stark inside, apart from the colourful Chapel du Maquabees.You can pay CHF5 to go up the towers to get a spectacular panoramic view of the city. It also has the cheaper postcards I’ve seen so far so that was a bonus.
Just next to the cathedral is the entrance to the archaeological sites underneath. For CHF8 you get an audio guide tour of the site which takes you through the archaeologist’s work and the history of how the cathedral developed, although this is a little confusing with various different stages all doing slightly different things!
By this time I was getting tired so headed back to the hostel for a quick nap (I must be getting old!) before heading out in the evening sunshine to Parc de Bastions to see the Reformation Wall, which commemorates the Protestant Reformers of the 16th century. Just 5 minutes from the entrance on one of the bridges was a Movenpick van, selling the best icecream ever- caramelita. What a perfect way to end the day!