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Geneva

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SWITZERLAND Diary : Day 8 - 12th April 2014

Geneva City lies at the western tip of the crescent shaped 'Lake Geneva', occupying the South-Western tip of Switzerland. It is the second largest in the country. The city is home to the United Nations and has a list of notable achievements. The World Wide Web (internet) was born here. The first ever Swiss Watch was made here. The city also prides in having the longest wooden bench in the world, found in its old town. The botanical garden here is 100 years old. Travel from the Airport to the City Centre is free. Geneva city also bears a special 'Chestnut tree' that notifies the arrival of spring, by sprouting fresh leaves just before the season begins. It has never failed in this forecast.

On the 8th day of our visit to this beautiful country, using our SWISS PASS, we boarded an early, direct train at Interlaken West, where we stayed, to reach Geneva by 9:30 am. The journey lasted 3 hours. Our visit toGeneva aimed at visiting the United Nations and get up close with its famous Water Jet. We had scheduled to visit the MORGES TULIP FESTIVAL, during the second half of the day. The train arrived at the Cornavin station on time. We walked from the station to Mont Blanc Quay( referred to as the QUAI DU Mont Blanc), one of the view points of the Jet D'Eau (Water Jet). Our fist views of the High and Mighty spurt of water didn't cease to impress. The Lake side seemed busy with people going about their daily routine. Lake Geneva rippled gently below the bridge on which we stood. The bridge extended itself on all 3 sides of the lake, creating perfect views from every corner. We walked along the bridge to get a view as close as possible. The history behind this water jet left us stupefied. The Water Jet was never meant to be one. In the early 19th century a hydraulic pumping station on the river was established. At the end of each day the huge machines were shut down, followed with opening of a certain valve to release the water pressure into the air. The pressure made the water jump up so high that the commoners would simply wait to watch the phenomenon. It soon became famous and soon was here to stay. Today, the applied pressure is said to displace 500 litres of water per second, spurting it to a height of nearly 140 metres. It is one amazing spectacle.

A short walk from the bridge took us to the "English Garden". The Garden hosts a large floral clock. Till 2005, it was recorded as the world's largest flower clock, after which Iran beat the record with its new launch in its capital city of Tehran. The clock is said to have a diameter of 16 feet. A lot of planning went into sowing a wide variety of flower seeds into the clock. As a result, around 6500 live flowers grow and bloom, at different times, giving the clock a new look each time with their varied colour combinations. We were in awe of the pretty sight created by the combination of yellow and purple. We lazed around in the garden. A short saunter around the place brought us in front of a tall memorial , wherein a seemingly royal couple, carved in black metal, stood in harmony next to each other.

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The foot of the memorial was strewn with pretty flowers in combination of white and dark pink. This memorial signified the union of Geneva with Switzerland.

We spotted a red toy train at a distance and decided to take a tour of the city in it. A short walk led us there. Paying the driver for our tickets , we boarded the train. It soon tugged us along the city roads, with a few stops at important points. The grandeur of the city was all bundled up in this 45 minute road ride. The first stop was at the Quai Gustave Ador, the entrance point to get up close with the Jet D'Eau.

A wooden pathway led us to the closest proximity of this mighty fountain. It is something to be experienced. It was exhilarating to get sprayed & all wet, by the downward cascading gush of water. We felt dwarfed against its height. We spent nearly 10 minutes enjoying ourselves. We were soon called out for, by our driver, hinting us to get back. The rest of the tour was calm and composed, viewing the city from inside the toy train. We were wet for a while, before the bright sun ensured to get us dry. We returned to the Starting point at the scheduled time. We crossed the road and walked around, peeking into shops and admiring the surrounding buildings and architecture. We got on to a tram in a bid to reach the United National building.

We got on to a tram in a bid to reach the United National building. As a result of our confusing communication with one of the Non-English passengers on board, we had gotten into the wrong one. When another passenger helped us understand that, we got out in the next stop, only to board a wrong bus this time. Fate led us to a handsome & kind gentleman in the bus, with looks of TOM CRUISE, who drew out a short map on my palm with precise instructions on how to get to our destination. We followed him to the "T" and reached there in no time. Fate led us to a handsome & kind gentleman in the bus, with looks of TOM CRUISE, who drew out a short map on my palm with precise instructions on how to get to our destination. We followed him to the "T" and reached there in no time.