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Published: July 24th 2019
Omg the heat... I am not built for travelling in +40C humidity haha. I am forever grateful I brought my little USB/battery fan - it has served me so well on this trip. It was a necessity last night and will be tonight and tomorrow. It's supposed to be 39C plus humidity in London tomorrow so I'm like screw it - Heathrow Express - I'm not risking getting on a Tube train with no AC. (Yes I know most of the airport Picadilly trains have it... but I'm not risking it lol) In fact, it's literally supposed to be the hottest day on record, EVER, in London tomorrow... great timing. All I care is the theatre has AC. And that the heatwave is supposed to end tomorrow.
Ok enough about the heat. Geneva. Palais des Nations. Place des Grottes. Cathedral. Jet d'eau. All things I did before 10h30 because it was just too hot lol. By 9h it already felt like 30C (it went up to 43C) so it was a day of hunting for shade. I went to the Palais des Nations first - the United Nations building here in Geneva. They do tours later in the day, but
you can't reserve in advance and there was no way I was trekking back without a guarantee. I walked through the gardens though (ah shade), saw the "Broken Chair" monument (it was built for the anti-personnel mine treaty) and saw the famed walkway with all the flags. Very cool.
I heard Place des Grottes was a quirky little square that's worth checking out - no straight lines. I don't think I successfully found it, but I did find a ton of graffiti in that area, so that was worth it. It's fun being able to actually understand the written stuff since it's in French. A very interesting little area.
(By bus) I made my way across the bridge towards Old Town to walk up to the Cathedral. It isn't that grand inside - just a few stain glass and statues, but I liked their modern lighting - they were giant circles with lights around them which made for some interesting shots.
I wrapped up the morning at the lake really just so I could sit in much needed shade and get the breeze off the water. It was lovely. Also the jet d'eau is surprisingly impressive for
it literally just being a giant fountain/jet of water in the lake. When I say giant, I mean like ~460ft. Sadly this is also the moment I realized I forgot a chocolate bar in my backpack. My black backpack. It wasn't quite soup, but it sure wasn't solid... ew.
As the shade started to migrate, as did I... I made my way to the shopping streets of the Old Town, mostly to browse just since they are AC'd lol. Then it was back to the hostel (and my lovely fan) to do laundry so that I won't have to do it in London. Some random old man from Sweden started talking to me while I was eating my supper and he was speaking to me in French and guessed I was Canadian. Sure enough - "Montreal ou Quebec?" Sigh. Neither.
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