Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday afternoon walk
In contrast to today, yesterday was a beautiful warm sunny day so we took a walk along the promenade beside the lake up to the Jet d'Eau which we hadn't seen close up before. On the left is the road going towards Cologny (Quai Gustave Ador) where, if you're a member of the Russian mafia or the Saudi royal family, you might find a house to suit your budget.
There was no wind today so we managed to walk along the jetty without getting too wet. I think most of the people we saw were tourists, hardly anyone was speaking French.
Walking back towards town again we took a detour into the Parc des Eaux Vives. This is a magnificent five star hotel (imagine the stress in the kitchens!).
Under the Pont du Mont-Blanc. That's the Ille Rousseau with it's small restaurant.
Walking up the steep steps to the Old Town, Mark suggested we climb up the north tower of the Cathedrale de St. Pierre. (I didn't know you could do that!)
The views were amazing. The promenade and trees we walked along are visible (as a straight dark strip) on the right of the jet. Cologny is the hilly area behind - they pay a lot for those views!
Same view but slightly to the left and the Pont du Mont-Blanc is visible in the centre. The area on that side of the bridge and especially around the main train station is not my favourite part of town. The walk beside the lake is lovely though.
Another view, perhaps with a better sense of the height of the tower.
A view behind to the south west and towards Thonex which is somewhere in the valley just beyond the horizon of the buildings. Mont Seleve is on the right.