A few hours in Geneva, Switzerland — 12 images

Earlier this week we spent a few hours in Geneva. The sun decided to show its face for us, so after errands were taken care of we meandered up into the Vieille Ville before making our way to the tiny island, Ile Rousseau, in the middle of the Rhone River just where it exits Lake Geneva, adjacent to the city’s main shopping area.

Click on images for larger view.  Looking east in Geneva's Rive districtLooking east in Geneva’s main shopping area. The lake is just a couple of streets over to the left, the Old Town is up the hill to the right on the highest hill in the city, and the Rhone River is behind me a couple of blocks. Geneva is a really compact city, very easy to walk around. This street is closed to cars but sleek trolley cars run regularly on their way to various areas of the city.

Geneva looking up to Vieille VilleLooking up the hill from the shopping district towards the Old Town and, below, looking back down the same street from the Place du Bourg-de-Four in the Old Town. Looking down to Rive from Old Town

Below, rue Saint-Leger leading off from the Place du Bourg-de-Four, heading away from the lake. Rue Saint-Leger at Pl du Bourg-de-Four

Below, two views of the Cathedrale de Saint Pierre. While the cathedral itself is 850 years old, there is also an archaeological site under it that dates back to the 4th century.  Seen from the south, in the Old Town…Cathedrale de Saint PierreCathedrale de Saint Pierre

…and looking up at it from the shopping district:Cathedrale St Pierre from Rive

Streetside tables at the Hotel Les Armures, near the cathedral in the Old Town. Street side tables at hotel Les Armures

Left Bank as seen from l’Ile Rousseau in the middle of the Rhone River:Geneva Left Bank from l'Ile Rousseau

Promenade du Lac that runs along Left Bank waterfront…Geneva's promenade du lacWaterbus approaching Left BankAbove, a waterbus approaches the city’s Left Bank. These little ferries are part of the public transportation system and carry pedestrians from one side of the river/lake to the other, within the city.

Below, a waterbus heading out from the Left Bank and about to pass under the Pont du Mont Blanc. Waterbus about to pass under pony du Mont Blanc Waterbus passing the Jet d'EauAn iconic image of Geneva…a waterbus crossing the lake in front of the city’s  most famous “landmark”, the Jet d’Eau. This image was captured on a different day, with a mist hanging over the city, the sun breaking through, and I gave it an artistic treatment.

These were just a few images to give you a quick look at Geneva…

 

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