|The Pont du Mont Blanc and Geneva's famous water jet in the background (see the rainbow in the spray?).|
Sometimes we take the places we live and our surroundings for granted; we're so used to seeing them, that we don't see them. I was reminded of this recently when my husband and I spent a sunny, summer day out and about in Geneva.
|Place du Molard and its tower, built in 1591.|
Geneva is a town you don't hear much about. Sure we have tourists, but not like Paris, or London, or Rome. Most people if asked would probably know that the United Nations has its European headquarters here, that they're famous for their watches, bankers, chocolates and cheese, but beyond that probably not much.
|One of several restaurants in and around Place du Molard.|
Most folks don't realize that Geneva is a French speaking Swiss city (French being one of four official Swiss languages, the other three are German, Italian and Romansh). Nor do they know that Geneva was an important city during the protestant reformation and that Jean (John) Calvin lived and died here.
|It's up hill to Geneva's old town – rue de la Fontaine.|
Geneva for all its international and historical importance, is a quiet town. Its old town and town center are easily walkable and if you get tired there's always a sidewalk cafe to slip into for a cool glass of Suisse rosé. It's the perfect place for us to while away a pretty summer day – or even an autumn one – right here at home.
|Place de la Madeleine and more outside dining.|