Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 15, 2013- Tour of Geneva

Hello! This was the first official day on our trip. Luckily, it wasn't my first day there or else I would've been as tired as the people who arrived that morning! Our tour of Geneva was amazing, informative, and cold as we walked around learning about the city in the cold and rain. Despite the weather, we made the best of it!

One of the interesting facts of history was how Geneva became famous for its watch industry. It was during the Reformation when possession of nice items and a luxury lifestyle was forbidden. Wearing jewelry was not allowed, but the tour guide told the group that they allowed watches so people would arrive on time for church. The watch industry grew and Geneva now has a reputation for beautiful and high quality watches. All watches have "Swiss made" on it and they're really strict on preventing counterfeit watches. Our tour guide assured us that it was safe to purchase a watch in Geneva without fear of counterfeit. Another interesting fact is that some of the buildings in Old Town of Geneva had a third story built for the influx of immigrants. The tour guide pointed out the more elaborate windows on the first and second floors compared to the third.

We finished our tour with a welcome dinner at La Potinière. It was a nice ending to a long day. On our walk back to our hotel after dinner, some brave souls got ice cream to eat in the cold weather. Kudos to those who did! I'm sure it tasted amazing! Hope you enjoyed the post! -Christy

Some pictures from the day:

Longest wooden bench in the Guinness Book of World Records

Our dinner

Notice the difference on the 3rd floor windows

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