More Geneva

Had a sleep in to 7.30 this morning! Worked on my blog a bit and then headed for the United nations building, stopping at a cafe that’s got great reviews on the way. Unfortunately, it serves nothing but dry croissant and coffee for breakfast. Very disappointing.

After that we headed off to the United nations building but it was closed and not very impressive.

Back door of the United Nations Building

When we finally found a bus to take us back to the centre of town, we saw that where we’d been was the back door! I caught half a glimpse of the front of the United Nations with the camera:

Front door of the United Nations – glimpse out of the bus…, Geneva

We went to Carouge with the tram. It reminded me of a sea side town more than anything else, even though it’s nowhere near the lake (nor the sea, obviously!).

Views around Carouge, near Geneva
Views around Carouge, near Geneva
Views around Carouge, near Geneva

We had a fantastic lunch here. We both had gnocchi but with different sauces. We’d just finished eating our generous plate full and they gave us each another!! We made sure not to eat everything on our plate this time in case they decided we needed a third!

We thought we’d better walk that off and headed to the Jonction, passing some more lovely scenes along the way:

Views around Carouge, near Geneva
Views around Carouge, near Geneva
Views around Carouge, near Geneva
Views around Carouge, near Geneva

The Jonction is where the two rivers meet and it’s really interesting how the colours change – one river is basically beige and the other that beautiful blue green. There’s lots of young and old people enjoying the river. Some having barbecues and others swimming or playing in the water, or just sitting back and chilling with a drink.

At the Jonction, Geneva
At the Jonction, Geneva
At the Jonction, Geneva
At the Jonction, Geneva
At the Jonction, Geneva

We were heading back to go to CERN and made the mistake of getting in the bus instead of the tram. Of course it didn’t take us to the same place as the tram stop, even though the name was the same. We walked and walked trying to find the tram stop until we ended up back at the stop we got the stupid bus from in the first place. t
This time we waited for the tram!

CERN was closed (of course, being a Sunday) but we went and took a couple of photos anyway:

CERN, Geneva
CERN, Geneva

We went back to the hotel afterwards and had a drink (and worked on my blog) while we waited for 7pm and heading off to the airport. Geneva airport was incredibly busy! We were flying Easyjet to Venice, and wow! they charge for everything. If you’re not prepared to pay extra, and just wait in line to drop your bags…the staff doing the bag drop were all gone at one stage. Only one working doing the check-in for those who paid extra and one for those whose flights were 30 minutes from leaving. It was mayhem. And then we had to line up again to go through security. And again to get on the plane…We bought water at the airport because that would’ve cost extra on the plane, too. The flight itself was fine though and we got to Venice almost on time. We got our luggage and I bought our water bus tickets for Rialto. The trip on the waterbus was interesting. They crammed about 20 people and their luggage on the boat and took us for a scary ride to town. Got there in one piece though. 🙂

Our hotel is what I would call shabby chic – I like it though 🙂 Straight to bed for us. It was after 1am before we got to sleep though!

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