A Town with a Thou­sand Mem­o­ries

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There’s more to Geneva than watches, chocolates and banks.

Geneva’s Old Town is one of the largest in Europe and cat­a­logues the town’s 2,000 years of his­tory in its many art gal­leries, an­tique shops, mu­se­ums, foun­tains and other sights

There’s more to Geneva than watches, chocolates and banks. As the Euro­pean home of the UN and the head­quar­ters of the Red Cross, it is one of Europe’s most in­ter­na­tional cities, with Lake Geneva and the Alps be­yond mak­ing for an im­pres­sive back­drop. Geneva is Switzer­land’s sec­ond-most pop­u­lous city.

Geneva’s Old Town con­tains some of the city’s fore­most at­trac­tions, and is surely a must-visit. The Old town is sit­u­ated on a hill with quite steep streets leading up to it, but the walk around the old town is truly mag­nif­i­cent. As we walk, we dis­cover its wind­ing lit­tle streets, flower-adorned foun­tains, hid­den cor­ners and pic­turesque squares.

Along the way you get to see the English Gar­den with the fa­mous flower clock and a sculpted bronze wa­ter foun­tain. Then you can go up the hill and the long stair­way and end up be­hind Saint Peter’s Cathe­dral, which is Geneva’s well­known land­mark. Take the exit at the court­yard and be right in front of Geneva City Hall, with the can­nons in the lit­tle square op­po­site, Rousseau’s birth house and var­i­ous an­tique shops with all sorts of in­ter­est­ing items in the win­dows.

From there you can eas­ily walk down to the Bas­tions Park where you can find the fa­mous Ref­or­ma­tion Wall me­mo­rial. This park is very quiet and ro­man­tic, es­pe­cially at the be­gin­ning of au­tumn when the trees start to shed their leaves. If you are mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for a wed­ding, you must visit Carouge. This “Green­wich Vil­lage of Geneva” is like a vil­lage in the city and you will be de­lighted with its 18th century Ital­ian style, its nu­mer­ous crafts­men, de­sign­ers and se­cret gar­dens. Dis­cover some of the nu­mer­ous wed­ding de­signer shops that make Carouge a bride’s par­adise.

Its streets, lined with bou­tiques, food shops and work­shops, ex­ude a Bo­hemian at­mos­phere. You can spend hours strolling along the streets and win­dow-shop­ping in its gal­leries and bou­tiques.

The Mediter­ranean ar­chi­tec­ture re­flects its Sar­dinian ori­gins, giv­ing it this air of the South. Spend a re­lax­ing few hours on its shaded ter­races in the com­pany of res­i­dents, crafts­men, an­tique deal­ers or artists.

Pho­tos by Ika Da­ma­janti

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