City of the world's largest water fountain

Trip Start Jun 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2013

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yesterday the school took us on a historic tour of Geneva. They showed us how to go there on our own. First, you must walk down to the village of Collonges, which is a little over a mile down to the france-swiss border. At the bus stop you can hop on a bus and make the quick trip to Geneva. It is a rich and beautiful city. The lake is a huge attraction. There used to be a water engine house that pumped the lake water to provide electricity. It would make the water shoot high in the air. When it closed the people of Geneva were disappointed that they would never see the water shoot up in the air again, so they asked the mayor to build a fountain. It is called the Jet D'eau and it is the largest water fountain in the world! 
After walking by the lake we went to main square where everyone meets in the evening to socialize. There are patios and restaurants all over the cobblestone pavement. We also visited the famous Catholic cathedral. Near the front, two boys playing violin accompanied a woman singing. The acoustics were incredible. Around 5:30 pm we hopped back on our bus and it drove us all the way to the campus. Of course, if we go on our own we will have to walk all the way up the hill from Collonges to the university. It's not impossible, but I don't think I am going to do it when it is noon in the summer. 
Today, beginning at 8:00 am we had our first classes. I am in the beginning level and our teachers name is Claire Millet. She is very funny and sweet and we went over some basic greetings. I was already familiar with most of it, but it doesn't hurt to review and practice the french accent. 
Well this afternoon I am going with some friends to have a french croissant in Collonges for the first time! I have heard that France has a total of around 38,000 boulangeries (bakeries). They take their bread very seriously! Even Collonges, which is a very small town, maybe even a village, has three bakeries! Anyway I am sure it will be delicious :) I uploaded some pictures of the trip to Geneva, enjoy!
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Judy on

Sasha looks like you are having fun. I love the pictures.

sashenka on

thanks!! love you

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