Last stop in Geneva before hitting the airport for the 1-hour flight back home to Nice… the UN! Couldn’t have left Geneva without checking it out. There’s some fountains outside the entrance that we attempted to take a couple pictures in without getting soaked (we were quite unsuccessful at the not getting soaked part), and our course had the obligatory photo outside the gates! So long, Geneva!
Found a pretty tree near the flower clock! Not quite sure why this flower clock is so famous, though. I’m pretty sure we have a couple of these in Toronto?
Our first night’s dinner. A very quick introduction to the land of raw meat, melted cheese, chocolate, and…cowbells?
Moving on to Geneva! My friend Steph (who came on exchange with me here to Nice and I go to school with at home) and I decided to spontaneously take a weekend trip to Geneva mid-May. We intended to just do a little sightseeing and some serious R&R - life here in the south of France is so stressful, you know. ;)
Turned out that there was much more to see than we were told, and also ended up doing much more at night than the “going to bed early” that we had planned….isn’t that always the way? Just throw some chocolate in this picture, and it basically has everything Swiss.
Don’t think I mentioned that I moved!! I used to live in Vieux Nice (Old Town), and have moved into the city a little more for the month of June. I now have a lovely little balcony, so thought I’d post a pic of where I am right now while writing this and posting updates! The church that you can see at the end of my street lights up beautifully at night - if I can remember, I’ll take a picture at night as well. It’s ridiculously hot here today (however I hear it’s about the same in Toronto too)….so thankfully for having a balcony with a breeze!!
Of course we had to have some fun nights out in Barcelona! The first night we went to the W Hotel, where there is a club on the 29th floor with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the entire city and beaches. We managed to make our way into VIP, and had a fabulous night dancing to a DJ, with a Spanish hand-drummer pounding out beats to all of the DJs music. The next night, we went to a ware-house type venue where the DJs spun rock and old school rock’n’roll music all night. Such an awesome change! The picture of us in the black dresses is from the night at the W (note the glass windows behind overlooking the ocean…pardon the slight sweatiness), and the other one is from our second night out (having a glass of wine in our hotel room before heading out!).
We climbed up through Parc Guell in the northern cartier of Barcelona, and got a great view of the city. At the bottom of Parc Guell are some more Gaudi buildings (they look like of like gingerbread houses), and all the way up through the steep paths are interesting architectural rest areas/mini-parks. Danielle made it amazingly well through the park, but here we stop to take a little break and appreciate the view of the city. Note Sagrada Familia sticking up through the buildings of Barcelona!
The back of Sagrada Familia has 13 scenes from the bible sculpted into it. While I definitely needed the guide to determine some of them, others were clearly visible. Not sure how much you can see from these pictures, as none of them do it justice, but hopefully it provides an idea of the massive presence and intricate detail of the building!
Sagrada Familia is one of the most breathtaking buildings I’ve ever been in. It is a large church in central Barcelona designed by Gaudi, one of Barcelona’s most famous architects. While Gaudi has now passed on, it is still being constructed according to his original plans. Gaudi buildings can be seen (and easily recognized by his unique style) in numerous places throughout the city, but Sagrada Familia is without a doubt the most stunning. Here are some photos of the interior! The interior is meant to feel like you are under the canopy in a tropical forest…
Danielle came to visit me with her leg in a cast, so travelling was definitely a little different! Luckily, it was an air cast, and Danielle is extremely tenacious. This was taken in a gorgeous park in Barcelona!!