One of our goals in Switzerland was to spend more time in the Great Outdoors. We are able to do this in force in our temp house as our TV only has 2 English speaking channels – CNBC and European CNN. Since the news repeats itself every 20 minutes, then that is basically the limit I have watching it.
The really nice thing is that Geneva has wonderful parks. There are at least 6 large ones that are less than 10 minutes away.
In fact, we can use our public transport pass to take the little ferry from the Botanical Gardens at left, to the Parc des Eaux Vives below near our place….how cool. Visitors, you can be sure we’ll be doing this when you come over!
When we were in Paris last Fall, I remember my mom making a comment regarding the different lifestyles between what was common at home and in Paris. Basically, in urban life, particularly in Europe, most people don’t have yards, but they treasure/share/use the public parks just as though it was though their private backyard. I love this idea and look forward to using them. Below, see a snapshot of a few of our “backyards” :
The Parc des La Grange, I fondly call this “Internet Park” and adjacent Parc des Eaux Vives
The Jardin Botanique
The Baby Plage, baby beach, right across from our temp apartment
The Jardin Anglais, home of the flower clark.
The Parc des Bations, taken from our first trip in January
More on the park adventures later!