Friday, September 9, 2011

Geneva, Switzerland

My passport received its first stamp in Amsterdam, but our final destination of the day would be Geneva, Switzerland.
The Jet d'eau (water jet) is one of the most famous landmarks in Geneva and one of the largest fountains in the world.
Geneva reminded me a bit of New Orleans. It was the French influence of course.
I couldn't resist snapping these photos of perfectly formed and decorated petit fours and macaroons in a patisserie window. (Rachel, this was for you.)
While Brian was busy with meetings all day I bravely explored the city alone. I headed towards the old part of town and happily came upon Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (Saint Peter's Cathedral).
I had no idea this church was so important during the Reformation. Here John Calvin began his ministry and preached his inspiring sermons. They even have his chair on display.
I was duly impressed with the organ in this cathedral. The pipes are a bit bigger than the ones at my church.
The architectural elements of this building captured my attention as well. 
I climbed the north and south towers and discovered a beautiful view of the city. 
The almond croissants in Geneva were heavenly, and I regret that I didn't buy more chocolate. But, after two nights in that historic city we were on a train bound for Venice, Italy.  Ever the optimist, Brian assured me it would only be a four-hour trip. Hmph. It took seven, to be exact. I attempted to entertain myself by photographing the countryside as we whizzed by.

Our adventure had only just begun.

19 comments:

Laura@livingabigstory said...

Oh my goodness! what beautiful pictures -- I feel like I was there!

So you went with your hubs on a work trip? Mine just got back from Marseilles, but I couldn't go. I haven't yet been on one of his international trips, but I'm really hoping I can.

Dixie Mom said...

Luckeeeeeyyyy! So very cool.

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

Can't wait for more...

Marvett Smith said...

It looks so beautiful!!! I'm so glad you had a great time!

Deb in UT said...

I'm very grateful you started blogging so you could share your adventures. I love the pictures and I'm so happy for you that you were able to go on that trip. Wonderful!

Lesa said...

What a neat experience you've shown us so far.

Marianne said...

JULIE!! Your pictures are fabulous. I can live this trip vicariously through your photos! I'm SO glad you got to go!!! Looks wonderful so far...

(MMMMmmmmm....Swiss chocolate. Almond croissants, beautiful petit fours, and those macaroons... sounds like heaven to me!!)

Sue said...

Wonderful photos of an amazing spot. Thanks so much for sharing and letting us sort of "travel with you."

=)

Suzanne said...

Gorgeous pictures!!! What a fabulous vacation!

Mom to Many said...

LOVE the petit fours!
What a beautiful place!

Cheryl

Christie said...

The pictures are amazing. Gets me so excited...I'm headed to Europe in a few short weeks myself. Yay!

Susan R said...

Lovely photos. I love the architecture and the pastries are to die for. I can tell they taste good just by looking at them. I've found a wonderful online shop that sells macaroons exactly like these.
What a wonderful experience.

Garden of Egan said...

So excited for you!!!!
Your pictures are awesome. I am having a craving for a croissant.

Valerie said...

I would love to go there someday and not just for the food. ;)

Lacy@uphillandsmiling said...

Amazing pictures!!! Wow!! You are so blessed... and the desserts look HEAVENLY :) Enjoy some for me.

Ginger said...

That is so beautiful! I love your blog so much because you have such a way with your words and photos of making me feel like I'm right there with you. :)

Wendys Hat said...

How wonderful!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Sigh, I'm TRYING not to be jealous! I've longed to see these places. You & your hubby are so cute together too.

Warmly, Michelle

Deila said...

Gorgeous photos, I am so envious of your trip and your camera and those petit fours too! You caught the artsy side of all those buildings and I love the photo of the door.