Switzerland will always have a special place in my heart. This country brings me so much memories and anecdotes until this day. It was my friends’ first time in Switzerland and I don’t know why, but made me so happy to share my knowledge with them
10 years has passed since boarding school, and yet everything was nothing quite like I remembered it. I remember back in 2007, we visited all major cities. I knew that I’d been to Geneva multiple times before, yet upon my arrival Geneva was a complete stranger.
This made me happy because: 1. It’s like exploring a new city. 2. Because this time I could get to know the city with my friends.
Jackie and Kristine are excellent travel buddies. Every day was another anecdote to laugh at or one of those “happenings” while traveling that the only thing to be said is : “I can’t believe the bus left us!” and laugh out loud. This are the kind of travel buddies I look for when planning a trip. If you laugh at the things that go wrong, then you are approved to travel with me.
Where To Stay?
Switzerland is expensive. And not just expensive, it’s VERY expensive. A hotel room in downtown Geneva costs approx. 800 Euros a night. (The cheapest one you’ll find.)
Many travelers prefer to stay at the outside of the city where hotels are usually cheaper. But this is not of my preference. I would rather stay in the center of the city where all the happenings are in full effect. For this reason, we decided to rent an Airbnb. It was more beautiful than in the pictures!
Lake Geneva is something to die for. A beautiful lake that reflects nothing but beautiful views no matter what time of the day it is. Worth staying in the pier until the sun goes down.
We were happy with our accommodation choice. Our first day in Geneva was somewhat open, which gave us time to walk around Lake Geneva, take pictures, watch the sunset in the pier, buy a bottle of wine to enjoy while overlooking the stunning view that Geneva offers.
Where To Party?
Geneva is not a party place. I would describe it as a family oriented town with a great amount of professionals visiting from abroad for business purposes. You will not find bars or clubs in Geneva. The closest to a party is drinking beer or wine at the pier with friends at sunset.
One of the many good things Switzerland possess is its closeness between cities. In as little as one hour, you can hop from one city to another. For this reason, we decided to explore Montreux and Gruyeres as well.
Montreux will make your mouth open. This is where I attended boarding school back in 20017, so this city/town bring a lot of memories.
I actually had the opportunity to pass by in front of my school’s building during our train ride returning from Gruyeres to Montreux. I had just the right time to take a picture! The station was filled with Le Chatelard girls ready to board the train to Montreux. I had a moment to introduce myself and chat with a group of teenage girls from high school.
Montreux is a quiet town. Most of the time looks deserted. Just like in Geneva, residents are usually families. Honestly, there’s not much to do in this town. Therefore, our tour guide took us to a winery for a quick wine tasting and snacks.
Lake Geneva’s looks absolutely stunning from this perspective! Don’t you think?
Until next trip,