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Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland

We took the train to Geneva to get out of our village for the day. It is always strange to leave our snow covered mountains to visit a city in the valley that is completely without snow only to return later in the day to all our snow.

It felt good to stretch our legs in the city.  We have only really gone through Geneva quickly by car some years back while still living in France so it was nice to finally get to really see one of Switzerland’s largest cities.  On the way back we went through Lausanne and I have to admit that I was struck by the difference between the two cities.  They are really nothing alike.  Geneva has a cold feeling about it while Lausanne is a warm and inviting city.

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  • expatraveler February 10, 2010, 6:48 am

    I’m wondering more on why you have this impression. Very curious to know.. Cold? How about just different! I remember it being very breezy the first trip I took there in Jan 2002. Hmm – the photos are beautiful and the blue colors of the buildings ring in smiles, and pleasure… While I can agree that I love Lausanne so much more, still Geneva can be an exciting place to explore.. You just need the time…

  • Pumpkin February 10, 2010, 9:20 am

    You know I have been thinking about it and I think it is because we visited on a Sunday. Sundays tend to be more quiet in some cities and not so quiet in others (like Lausanne). There are lots of shops in Geneva and I think it would be nice to go back again in the summer on a Saturday. Then, I will be able to feel the city more. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I have been recently searching for jobs in Geneva because of my banking background. I am sure I would be happy to live there even if I, too, like Lausanne better. Plus, Geneva is surrounded by France which is a big plus for me since I still miss France so very much. :)

    • expatraveler February 11, 2010, 6:22 am

      Yeah!!! Well the surrounding areas can also pull you in. I know Geneva isn’t as friendly of an area as Lausanne, and I would agree that there must be much more life on a Saturday. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective! Yup, that can say lots, even in a job interview. ;-)

  • Sheryl February 19, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’m so glad to have found your blog!
    My husband and I will be traveling to Geneva this summer (July) for a conference he is attending… and we’re trying to decide what we’ll do!
    Your pictures are beautiful :)

  • Pumpkin February 20, 2010, 7:24 pm

    Hello Sheryl! Thank you for your comment. You may want to try myswitzerland.com for some ideas if you haven’t found this wonderful website already. :)

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