I never planned on going to Switzerland…
… but I had planned to go to Berlin with my friend, Yanina, who's from Geneva.
Et voila, I was able to finagle yet another city into my big adventure! I didn't have too much time in Geneva, just a quick overnight trip before we flew out to Germany, and two nights again when we returned. It was quick and over before I knew it, but nonetheless, I was able to see why it was my mom and my cousin's favorite European city.
I took the train from Milano Centrale to Geneva Cornavin via Trenitalia on GoEuro (the four-hour ride cost €39,00) and I have to say it was probably the easiest ride through my entire trip. There were a lot of empty seats, a lot of places to store my luggage, and the view was extra spectacular. My mom had told me about the train ride to Geneva beforehand, and she told me it was worth doing for views alone.
I had fallen asleep because I took the 8:30 am train and was kind of shocked to wake up and just see the mountains zoom past me!
I also caught a fairy tale view of the water (mist and all). The train was moving so quickly, I had to scramble to get a decent picture.
I wanted to hit pause and stop the train (… in its tracks) even when the charming shops and hotels came rolling into view. I had heard that Switzerland was postcard perfect and it really was.
Once I made it to Geneva, I had a few hours to walk around the center before joining up with my friend and some family friends for dinner. Yanina's dad was able to walk me through the important landmarks by the Old Town—the ferris wheel and the famous Jet d'Eau (I had to ask several times why it was so important and I'm still a little flummoxed months later because I never remember exactly why it's a landmark—Wikipedia to the rescue!).
We wanted to go for dinner at Restaurant Les Armures and tried to get there early enough to score a table… but ever since Bill Clinton had a fondue at this place, it's allegedly been impossible to walk in and so, we contented ourselves with an equally sumptuous meal at a restaurant just down the road.
Before and after dinner, we strolled around Old Town's pretty cobblestoned streets. I felt like Princess Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries (which was set in fictional Genovia… which looked a lot like Geneva anyway).
By the time we got back to Geneva from Berlin, I had enough time to check out the UN, which was luckily just a short distance away from where Yanina lived.
Of course, I had to take a picture by the chair.
The tour of the interiors was also cool because we were able to see rooms like this—which reminded me of the Hall of Justice.
There was also some pretty interesting and trippy art!
I may not have had a whole lot of time in Geneva, but that didn't mean I wasn't going to get a requisite tourist shot in.
On my last night in the city, I was gifted with a beautiful sunset as we headed out to sushi for dinner. Even on my last day, Geneva didn't stop serving up the pretty!
There's still some quintessential Swiss stuff I wasn't able to do during my visit, mainly because the one free day I had, I spent resting up and holed up in the apartment—I had reached the halfway mark of my trip and was pretty exhausted at that point.
The cable cars will just have to wait 'til my next trip back! 🤞