Geneva’s Old Town: Of cobblestone streets and charming squares (Part 2)

TGIF! 😉 I’m so excited to set foot on my 16th visited country next week. But before that, here’s the continuation of my escapade in the Land of Milk and Honey, of Chocolates and Cuckoo Clocks!

The last leg of our walking tour covered the Place de Neuve, the Grand Theatre, a Russian Orthodox Church and an underground shopping center. The Grand Théâtre de Genève is “the largest production and host theatre in French-speaking Switzerland, featuring opera and dance performances, recitals, concerts and, occasionally, theatre.” It was opened in 1876, and partially caught in fire in 1951. After eleven years, it was reopened with a performance of the French version of Verdi’s Don Carlo.

Place
The Grand Theatre at the Place de Neuve
The Grand Theatre at the Place de Neuve
The Grand Theatre at the Place de Neuve

Walking further, we were awed to see how clean and organized the whole city was! From parking to availability of free plastic bags for dog poop, Geneva was truly admirable and ideal.

Geneva
Geneva
Free poop bags
Free poop bags
Super clean
Super clean
Super clean
Super clean
The Jet d' Eau from a distance
The Jet d’ Eau from a distance

Our final stop was a beautiful Russian church, the Cathédrale de l’Exaltation de la Sainte Croix. It was designed by David Grimm, and was finished in 1866. A noticeable feature of the church is its striped arches and gold onion domes. Typical Russian. 🙂

The Russian Church of Geneva
The Russian Church of Geneva

Switzerland is famous for quality watches, some brand names are well-known all over the world. Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe and co., and Tissot are some of them. The original Swiss watches are expensive, but considering the delicate designs, it’s worth it. To remind me of Switzerland, I bought a nice Richelieu ladies’ watch. It stopped working after a year and a couple of months, so I sent it home to the Philippines for my mom to use. 😛 I really like wearing a simple and small watch, and currently using a Skagen, a Danish-brand.

At a Swiss train station - Rolex sign board above
At a Swiss train station – Rolex sign board above
Memories of Switzerland - a Richelieu watch
Memories of Switzerland – a Richelieu watch

I felt really blessed to have the opportunity to visit Switzerland. I missed meeting up with my Swiss friend, Jana, whom I met in Denmark. She lives in Bern and she said it wasn’t practical to travel by train to other side of the country just for a day. We did meet again in Denmark last year though. Anyway, I hope to come back to Switzerland and experience more of its charm some day!

Gotta go to Drammen now. The old man is waiting. haha 😉 See you!

From Switzerland, with love
From Switzerland, with love
The Jet d' Eau from a distance
The Jet d’ Eau from a distance

 

 

 

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