Friday, July 1, 2016

Mon voyage. Jour numéro sept. Genève.

Today I explored Geneva.  Geneva is the second biggest city in Switzerland and has four national languages; French, German, Italian, and Romansh.  Romansh is a romance language and makes up 1% of the Swiss population.  According to Wikipedia there are six notable Romansh people: 
Hugo Serena - Plumbing Engineer, Candice Accola -American actress, Jim Caviezel-  American actor, Joseph Planta -British librarian, Joseph Planta - British diplomat, and Gion Caminada - Swiss Architect.  It cannot look good for the future of your ethnicity when your most notable people include a librarian and a plumber.

L'horloge fleurie was created in 1955 as a symbol of the city's dedication to watchmaking and nature.

We spent the afternoon at a beach on the other side of the lake, Tropical.  Kimmie made lunch, and brought drinks, which made the day virtually free.  Thanks, Kimmie!

We took a mouette (a water shuttle) back to the other side of the lake.

Boating and lake-type activities are very popular in Geneva.

It is hard to see but the jet d'eau was getting the boat wet, even though we had already crossed the lake.  I guess the passenger behind Kimmie is practicing smizing (I guess someone is a Top Model fan!).

I stopped at the United Nations on my way home.
Broken Chair, designed by a Swiss artist, is monument made out of 5.5 tons of wood and is 12 meters high.
Directly across from the United Nations building, it symbolizes opposition to land mines and cluster bombs.  Isn't that nice of Geneva?  When was the last time you thought about land mines and cluster bombs?

I didn't actually take a tour of the building, but I am sure there are other peaceful things inside.

The evening sun was spent with Becs, on her terrace (that is tare-ah-s). 

1 comment:

  1. Well, if it's of any importance, Jim Caviezel is the actor that played Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ". Hmm.

    As for Geneva, wow. First off, way be be awesome Kimmie. Love picnics, especially by the beach. Way fun.

    The history lessons are wonderful, Brady. Keep them coming. It looks like you're having amazing weather, too. Bon voyage.


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