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Bienvenue à Genève.  Situated on Lake Geneva with a backdrop of majestic mountains, Geneva rates amongst the most beautiful of cities.  Thriving, busy, and brimming with opulence, wealth, history, culture, chocolates, watches and more.  Walk along the promenade … tourists strolling, business people striding purposefully, cruise boats floating gently and water taxi’s spiriting passengers from one side of the lake to the other.  Linger over coffee in one of the lakeside cafés offering incomparable views and take in the mesmerizing sights and sounds of Geneva. The Flower Clock in the Jardin Anglais (English Garden) is a tribute to Geneva’s watch industry - a beautiful floral work of art using up to 6500 blooms that are changed several times a year.  Jet D’eau blasts water 140 meters up – view it from afar then up close to feel the power of the water pressure and the spray on your face – amazing.   Want some beach time? No problem – Bains des Paquis has a beach, crystal clear waters for swimming, saunas or Turkish baths and food, it’s all there.  The Old Town’s maze of cobble streets and alleys burst with chocolate shops, cafés, boutiques and historical monuments: Bourg-de-Four, once a Roman marketplace, is the oldest square in Geneva and opposite, a mosaic portrays Caesar’s arrival in the city; Treille Promenade started life as an artillery post but now offers beautiful views of the city; St Peter’s Cathedral has dominated the skyline for over 1000 years and its towers provide panoramic views forever.  Carouge is a Bohemian hot-pot whose streets are littered with craft stalls, bistros and shops selling all sorts of wares not found in the rest of Geneva while its trendy bars provide the perfect evening sojourn.  Tour the Palais Des Nations (United Nations/League of Nations) nestled in Ariana Park, a beautiful oasis complete with strutting peacocks; Parc des Bastions is a tree-lined park founded in the 1700’s; Mur de la Réformation, displaying statues and carved images, commemorates the founders of the Protestant faith;  Mont Saleve’s cable car spirits you to its peak for a bird’s eye view of the city; Rousseau Island in the middle of the Rhone River is a haven for swans and ducks – sit awhile on one of its many benches, or Wine & Dine in the wine bar; Schtrumpfs Building , defying description, is named after the French word for “Smurfs,” and is aptly located in the funky Les Grottes. BUT, over 30 museums and art galleries ensure Culture Vultures are not left out - Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, Museum of Natural History, Barbier-Mueller Museum and the Museum of Art & History to name a few.  Looking for the perfect end to the day? Enjoy one of the many cruises on offer –from sit-down meal cruises to snack & drinks cruises … bliss.  Many hotels offer a 24hr pass for travel within the city on any form of transport, so try them all and delight in each experience.  Annecy, Lausanne, Chamonix, Montreaux are close enough to tempt one to experience more of luscious Switzerland, but Geneva … you will  fall in love with this beautiful city

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