Weekend Trip: Geneva

So in typical study abroad fashion, while everyone was spending hours in the library studying, I spent my revision time traveling.

This was one of the longer trips I have been on: we left for Geneva on Friday morning, took a train to Milan on Sunday morning, and flew back to Edinburgh Tuesday afternoon.

The city of Geneva is situated around the curve of the beautiful lake Geneva, and in the middle sits the Jet d’Eau. This fountain shoots 130 gallons of water per second 460 ft in the air.

We spend the weekend exploring the city, but by far my favorite part was climbing the St Pierre Cathedral. Once we got to the top we could see all of Geneva around us, and the sky was so clear we could even see the Alps in the background. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and if you look closely you can even see a bit of a rainbow by the Jet d’Eau

No only was the view of the city beautiful, but the architecture of the Cathedral was not too shabby as well. I loved the way the sun was shinning into the building and reflecting off the windows!

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I know what you are thinking, oh my gosh, is this the famous Last Supper painting? But wait, isn’t that painting in Milan, and you are in Geneva? Well, some of us didn’t get to go to see the Last Supper in Milan, so we decided to recreate it in Geneva, what do you think, the resemblance is striking right?

Fun Fact: The European headquarters of the United Nations is in Geneva!

Other Fun Fact: There is a statue of giant a 3 legged chair in Geneva!

Both of these facts a equally interesting, for different reasons of corse, but did you know the link between the two? The Broken Chair Statue, which stands in front of the Palace of the United Nations, symbolizes the plight of landmine victims and encourage States to commit themselves to the prohibition of cluster munitions.

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I had a great weekend in Switzerland, now it is off to Milan!

Stay tuned for my next day trip and weekend trip blog posts!

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