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May 23, 2014 - Geneva Day 2

To continue briefly with the fresh milk saga. We have just discovered that most if not all fresh milk processed by the French is used for dairy products. 95% of all other milk consumed is UHT. With this understanding, maybe someone I love will have to stop looking for fresh milk for her coffee from now on. Also, I made reference earlier to our space age hotel room. I refer to the bathroom/ toilet capsule that has been moulded as a single unit and assembled with all fittings off site prior to positioning. It is not as tacky as I initially...

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May 22, 2014 - Geneva

Prior to departing Grenoble for Geneva we found a cafe that offered coffee and a croissant, however, still no fresh milk. The 130 kph motorway to Geneva ( 145km/1hr 30 mins) is lined by sheer rock faced mountains and rich vegetation grouped in thick copses and surrounded by actively cultivated paddocks. Despite the haze covering the mountains it was a very picturesque scene. Tolls still proliferate with an additional levy of 40€,with a refund of 6 CHF, paid to the Swiss government at the border. The levy is an annual charge and when told...

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Oct 30, 2013 - Eating lots of chocolate and cheese amongst the Alps

Hi Everyone We took a short cut through a corner of Austria to reach the land of the three “C’s” – cows, chocolate and cuckoo clocks – yes we are in Switzerland. From being 6 metres below sea level only weeks ago while in the Netherlands we have now been 2,284 metres above sea level as we crossed the beautiful snow covered Julierpass. While we climbed and zigzagged around hairpin bends our ears popped with the change of altitude. It was well worth the, at times, scary drive. We crossed the pass and made our way to the rich man’s town of St...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Geneva, day 2

Hi, We all had a sleep in this morning, before heading out, the original plan today was Ed, Steve & Marg were to go on a boat cruise on Lake Geneva, & Lisle to go bike riding, but the boat tours were all booked out, when we got to the ticket booth, so we spent the morning checking out the old area of Geneva, came across a huge Cathedral Saint Pierre, and a museum about the Reformation & Calvin. The carvings on some of the side pews in the Cathedral were amazing, when the individual seat bases are up, a head carving can be seen. We had...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Sep 25, 2013 - A day around Geneva

A beautiful, clear, sunny, blue sky day to enjoy lovely Geneva on the lake! We have now had 2 blue sky days in a row - a record for this trip. Today was also warm - down to T-shirt at last. We decided to explore the old city this morning & set out up the cobbled streets past more old buildings & churches. The cathedral was much less ostentatious than the ones in other cities so far but it is a protestant one this time & that seems to make the difference. We bought a book on the Reformation from the Museum of the Reformation - looks an...

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Sep 24, 2013 - Geneva, day 1

Hi all, We have now arrived in Geneva, after a 2 & 1/2 hour train trip, we are getting pretty good at these trains, we have done so many! The first hour or so, we (and the country side) were shrouded in fog, so couldn't see anything, but the last hour was beautiful, the countryside was lines and lines of grape vines, and other agricultural crops, very pretty, and just out of Geneva, when the lake came into view, it was just beautiful! Mist over the lake, and a few sailing boats way out, and they looked like they were just floating in the...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Sep 24, 2013 - South West to Geneva

We have had an easier day today with another picturesque 2.75 hour train trip from Lucerne to Geneva. The fog has been heavy the last few days (not ours, the weather!) so we couldn't even see the lake or mountains when we left. By around 11am it was lifting just in time to see a beautiful view of Lausanne as we passed through. It is situated on the Rhone River (I think?) and the train line is up in the hills above. When we came through a tunnel there it was below us and along with the lake it made a spectacular sight! Our hotel is quite...

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Jul 26, 2013 - City Tour - Lake Boat Ride

This was the day of the City Tour by open bus and the Lake Tour by boat. It was a HOT and Bright day. You need a good hat for these tours. We saw lots of United Nations buildings and buildings from the days of the League of Nations! This is one BIG lake. Ringed by villages and homes...big and small. Only the very rich can live here. Unless of course your family has inherited the land. By late afternoon we were forced back to the hotel for a nap. John went to sleep in about 5 seconds. I went to sleep after about 10 seconds!

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Jul 25, 2013 - Geneva Sights

We looked around Geneva on foot the first day. Our hotel was VERY well situated. Close to the lakefront, stores, restaurants, etc. It was chosen mainly because it had great AC! The famous Geneva Flower Clock was there. I had seen it in so many tourist guides. An amazing arrangement of flowers. Also, by chance, the "Geneva Holiday Fair" was in progress at the lakeside gardens! Lots to see. Down town there was the famous "food hall" of home made dishes of the local chefs and artisans. It was all good! Great day in Geneva!

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Jul 24, 2013 - Leaving Lake Como--Train to Geneva

This was the day to leave lake Como and leave Italy! Up very early to catch the first lake ferry. From the other side we drove through the mountains and crossed the Swiss border. Made it to the airport in the Swiss town of Lugano where we dropped the rental car. John really hated that car. It was a Mercedes SUV. When he turned it in he kissed the ground!! From there we took a nice first class train to Geneva. Got there in the evening and checked into our hotel.

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Jul 1, 2013 - Geneva Arrival

Good flight on SwissAir. We arrived in Geneva at about 9:30 AM. The weather is beautiful- sunny, temps in low 80s, cool breezes- huge change from SWEATY New York! The car rental was out of the type we had reserved, so they upgraded us to a Mercedes station wagon. John really hates the car. He says it has more controls than the Space Shuttle used to have. We had to ask the rental guy how to get it in gear! Anyway, we made it into France and have stopped for the night. We are exhausted from no sleep. John went to sleep in the motel office!...

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May 31, 2013 - Morges

Slept a wonderfully long 12 hours. With the weather pretty cool and rainy, we opted to just visit Morges for some shopping and hope for a sunnier day tomorrow. Jose cooked a lovely lunch meal including deer meat and fussili de chocolat (chocolate pasta). Photo attached. Everything in Switzerland can have chocolate!

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