Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
51Trip End May 01, 2012
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We have chosen to stay in Geneva, which is right on the Western border of Switzerland, a stone's throw from France and, in my opinion, most well-known for two words- Geneva Convention. The people we meet mostly speak French; in true French style many refuse to communicate in any language other than French, although I think German is the dominant language in Switzerland. It is a member of the European Union but, like Britain, has retained its currency, the Swiss Franc, which are surprisingly big and bright and colourful in their notes
But the thing we like most about Geneva is the complete contrast to Palermo. The showers are warm, the beds are flat, the city is clean and orderly and the deafening noise of horns has been replaced with the quiet hum of trams and bikes. I actually read that living quietly with your neighbours is a national obsession in Switzerland and there are strict rules about noise levels. The two flights we took to get here were agonizing but made reaching the destination, a plush hotel, with a heater (YEAH!), all the more enjoyable. After picking up some dinner we returned to our room and spent the following hour cleaning and grooming ourselves from head to toe
Thankfully, the cold freeze in Europe seems to have subdued, the snow has melted and the sun has shone the last few days, so we spend our time wandering the streets. Belinda loves the fashion and styles in Switzerland, especially jewellery and house accessory stores, she already has a million and one ideas about our future house. I like the random statues and strange trees and bushes they have along the lake boardwalk. It has been nice, safe and easy place to visit.
I realise I sound a little impartial and dull in this blog but hey, I’m in Switzerland, neutrality is in the air.
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