It was a fine Saturday morning of March when I woke up in the beautiful Geneva.
If you’re planning to visit the city or you’re just passing-by, then you should definitely check out this post. Because if you happen to be at Geneva airport and have 4 hours on ground, in-between your flights (or less, if you’re a risky person, a visit to the city centre is a great option to spend your hours of waiting.
And as a matter of fact, I’ll time my stroll to show you it’s risky-free.
My wanderlust began at the airport.
I got my free pass for all public transportation from the hotel and I was ready to Hop On the Bus Number 10 – that’s the one going from the airport to the city centre. It departs every 10 minutes and in less than 20 minutes you’ll be downtown. Awesome, isn’t it?
My HOP OFF was at Place Bel’Air, right at the heart of the city.
I had two options; Either walk from the Old City towards the river or the other way around. I chose the latter, since it was such a beautiful spring day, I wouldn’t wanna miss the chance to enjoy the incredible scenery by the river.
I walked through picturesque bridges with the Alps all around me – and right before the Mont-Blanc bridge, made a stop to take a few mind-blowing photos!
Check out my view before the traffic light turns green.
Half way through though, I was so mesmerized by the view of the lake, I stopped for a while to enjoy a few moments of beauty. Is it possible I was missing out on Geneva for so long? Is it even possible for a city to be this beautiful? It’s so peaceful, picturesque, clean, quiet, regal.
It’s mostly regal actually.
So, I stood there, watching the lake and Jet d’Eau.
A moment was enough to remind me of me my motto; Traveling is one heck of a thing!
I was planning to walk lakeside all the way until I reach the garden.
So the road lead me somewhere else at last.
The flower-embroidered dial showed 12:05. I started walking towards to the Old Town, while snapping every corner of my way!
First stop; Place de la Madeleine and the Terrace Agrippa d’Aubigne with a wonderful view to the lake.
I kept walking till I reached the Place du Bourg-de-Four where I sipped a cup of hot tea – perfect to enjoy under that spring sun. Time to get lost inside the Old City again!
I arrived at the Saint-Pierre Cathedral.
I could hear the wonderful melodies coming from inside the cathedral – lucky me. My feelings were so strong when I entered. It was not about religion or beliefs. It was all about the cathedral – how well-preserved it was – a fascinating 8th century building.
Αs I’m slowly leaving the Old City behind, I’m snapping everything I meet on my way; doors, windows, alleys and trains!
Oh I’m so deeply in love with those old cities!
So, take a look at what I bumped into while walking in Place Bel-Air! How could I resist?
I’ve had enough of Switzerland’s food and my pockets knows that too well. This time, I was into a Fast – Street Food Queen mood and with a burger on hand I kept wandering in the city.
I don’t quite like museums and I won’t make a big, fancy list with must-see sites. Everything I saw at Geneva was whilst walking at its streets, squares and alleys. And that’s how I love spending my time during traveling; simply and spontaneously. Without worries and endless lists. Choose to listen to a local rather than a map.
It’s about time you hop on Bus Number 10 and return to the airport cause as I promised this would be a 4-hours long stroll. I’ll stop for some Skinny Mocha and a few Cartes-Postales writing.
Old habits die hard. Thankfully.
Have you ever visited Geneva?
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