Geneva, an inspiring city between modernity and tradition…

During summer, I took the chance to spend some time in Geneva. Growing-up in Thonon-Les-Bains (follow the link here to have a walk here…), Geneva was THE big city around. I loved Geneva when I was young, it was always a nice trip go there a day.

I had several school fields trip to the Musuem of Natural History, which is so interesting for kids, comprehensive and impressive.

As a teenager, Geneva was THE place to go for a walk with a bunch of friends… Have an ice-cream at Mövenpick and go shopping! H&M indeed arrived in Switzerland before in France, you can imagine the excitement…

Geneva was also the place where we could find great Art Exhibitions, especially at the amazing Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. I also distinctly remember the Theophile Alexandre Steinlen exhibition at the Petit Palais in Geneva. That was my first crush for Paris‘ mood and Montmartre ambiance. Steilen was an illustrator who created famous posters depicting the Parisian special atmosphere of the late 19th century (see here if you want to know more).

For a few years however, I didn’t feel the need to go Geneva, I felt it had lost it’s “je-ne-sais-quoi”, struggling between high luxury venues and mass-market cheap stores. Maybe I was wrong, maybe too Parisienne…

But after spending one day here, I can tell that Geneva is still a gorgeous place to walk around. It is a sweet and welcoming, great for shopping and enjoy some masterpieces of culture and architecture, not to mention the “jet d’eau” towering Lake Geneva.

Pont de la Machine

Modern architecture meets tradition in the old town

Old town peaceful pedestrian walks

View on the Beau Rivage Hotel and other prestigious ones…

Pont des Berguesfre

Worldwide known “jet d’eau”

Today, Geneva is the perfect picture of a successful blend of tradition and modernity, with a peaceful and respectful atmosphere. Do you know Geneva? I would love you to share your thoughts about it!

psss: if you want to have the best “fondue” ever, I highly recommend “La Buvette” Les Bains du Paquis …