Almost a month ago, I had a good chunk of days off thanks to the way the rotating roster system works in nursing. I did some shifts right at the beginning of two week, and then had the shifts for the second week placed at the end of the fortnight giving me a sweet six days off in a row. So of course I had to go somewhere in Europe.
And I chose Switzerland.
I flew into Geneva as my starting point of my trip. My Facebook survey showed the majority of my friends liked this place the most out of Switzerland. And I could see why. It was absolutely stunning.
The famous jet fountain in the middle of the lake
Geneva had funky little touches like having decorative knitting
And giant chess boards in one of the parks
A huge broken chair monument
A goat in a small park zoo I stumbled across
Walking around the lake at dusk
Did I mention there were swans..
There wasn’t a huge amount of stuff to do as such in Geneva. But it is just one of those places that is so beautiful, that you don’t mind wandering around with your mouth open and camera snapping. I did enjoy spending a few hours in the sun at Bain de Paquis which is a man-made beach with a lighthouse, knitting, cheap food and spa baths in the middle of the lake. It’s where the locals tend to go on the weekends and is cheap entry at a mere two swiss francs. The atmosphere with laughter and people playing on the diving boards and water-based volleyball court is quite enjoyable.
At night-time I was lucky enough to be in Geneva during their summer musical festival. It was very pleasant sipping on a hot drink and listening to Joyce Jonathan croon away in French.
A grainy Geneva at night time
Where I stayed: Youthhostel Geneva
Price: 36 Swiss Francs per night in a 6 bed dorm (=€30! Hostels aren’t cheap in Switzerland)
Overall: It is part of the Hostel International network which means if you aren’t a member, then you have to pay an extra fee on top of your nightly rate. Luckily I am an HI member. I really liked it although the hostel itself was a bit too big and busy for my taste. But it was modern and clean with comfortable beds. The lockers were outside the rooms which I quite liked as it meant the dorm rooms were kept quite uncluttered. Location is great with being close to the lake and the main train station.