I’ve just got back from a lovely trip to Geneva, my first time flying there with Emirates. The flight departed early morning from Dubai, and with a full load in first class we were kept on our feet for the 6 hours and 40 minutes it took us to get there.
The sight of these gorgeous snowy mountains on the approach kept me going until after landing though!
We were lucky enough to be greeted by a gorgeous sunny day, although the temperature was a rather chilly 3 degrees.
Myself and a few of the other crew who were first-timers to Geneva arranged to meet shortly after checking in to explore the city. After a quick bus ride from outside the hotel we arrived in the city, right by the main train station.
Since most of us were feeling pretty festive, we’d inquired about a Christmas Market in the city, but unfortunately it was still a bit early in the month and the market was fairly small with just a few stalls. Not to mention extortionate Swiss prices for everything being sold!
At least the decorations were pretty, and the surrounding buildings all exuded the typical European charm that is nowhere to be found in Dubai!
We strolled on through the town, and before long arrived at Mont Blanc bridge across Lake Geneva.
Of course we spotted the Jet d’Eau, the water fountain in the middle of the lake, straight away, which was surrounded by a beautiful rainbow. The fountain is one of Geneva’s most famous landmarks, and shoots water up to a height 140m. Quite impressive!
The walk across the bridge took us to the old town, where we had a walk through the English Garden (rather bare this time of year!) and then on into the centre.
Most of the shops and buildings were decorated for Christmas, so we stopped at a little cafe to have a glass of mulled wine. It helped us warm up as well, since the air was getting chillier as the sun was setting!
Our walk continued uphill, where we had spotted a church spire. It turned out to be the St Pierre Cathedral, which was originally built in the year 1160. We wanted to catch the sunset from the top of the church tower but by the time we got up there it was a bit too late.
Nevertheless the view out across Geneva and towards the lake was lovely, with the last of the evening light.
The one guy in the group left us (I think he got fed up with all of us taking so many pictures!) so being the girls that we are, we couldn’t resist a quick trip to the shops! However with Switzerland on the pricey side, I resisted temptation and didn’t buy anything.
By this time it was completely dark outside, and all of the lovely Christmas lights were lit up. We’d spotted a small, cozy-looking restaurant during our walk so decided to head back there for dinner.
Although I was tempted by the cheese fondue (when in Switzerland, after all!) in the end I went for rösti, another traditional Swiss dish made of potatoes, served with bacon and an egg. A lovely way to warm ourselves up after being outside for so long!
After dinner we slowly made our way back to the bus station, which was a bit of a trek but perfect for walking off the heavy dinner.
All in all a lovely afternoon spent exploring the pretty city of Geneva. I’m heading back just before Christmas and would love to see Lausanne or Montreux – if anybody has tips for either city that would be most appreciated!