Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Walking along Lake Léman...I'm going to miss Geneva!

We've made the decision to head back to the US in late August.  It'll be great to see friends and family again face to face, to have a huge smorgasbord of IT jobs available instead of the slim pickings that there are in Geneva, and to pay reasonable prices for things again, as opposed to the stratospheric prices you encounter here.  But there's a tremendous number of things I'll miss.

I just took a walk to the H & M store to get the kids a few items of clothing. It's about a 20 minute walk along the beautiful Lac Léman.  In just that 20 minute walk, you see so much!  For instance:
  • Two people finishing the hull of a large sailboat in the lakeside boatyard 
  • A cameraman shooting a scene
  • A group of 3 year olds on an outing from their daycare, looking for pinecones, with cute bright orange vests on for visibility  
  • Loads of tourists from all over, taking pictures of the lake, the city, and the Jura mountains
  • The little tourist train that goes around the lake
  • Lots of moms with kids
  • The Jet d'Eau fountain, with lots of swans and ducks around

  • A merry-go-round that just opened up again a few weeks ago (it's closed in the winter)
  • Dozens and dozens of people in outdoor cafes and restaurants, enjoying the warmer weather 
  • Rollerbladers and skateboarders
  • The excursion boat that goes up and down Lac Léman...we still have to try this one

It's such a pleasant, lively place to visit, and we live only about a 5 minute walk away. Yes, it's definitely something I'll miss.

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