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Our second visit to Geneva was a lazy one as we had been travelling pretty much non-stop for seven weeks by the time we got there, so most of our time was actually spent swimming. In terms of sightseeing we did do a couple of things. On our second day, which turned out to be a rainy one, we went in search of the confluence of the Rhone and Avre Rivers. I wanted to see this because I had seen a lovely photo of it in which the two rivers have distinctly different colours and it looks spectacular when they merge. The Rhone is slower moving and dark blue; the Avre is fast and carries a lot of sand and looks milky white.

I had read information about where to view this from and it involved taking a tram to La Jonction, then finding a forest path which led towards the Cimetiére de Saint-Georges. On the way we were supposed to pass a restaurant called Cafe de la Tour and from there go onto a bridge. We did all of this and reached Cafe de la Tour which looked nice to eat in but has no view of the confluence as it is shrouded in trees. We then tried to go to the bridge but it is closed for construction work and we could not get near it. We were really disappointed but decided to proceed further to see if there were any other view points. We walked through the forest, past the cemetery and eventually came to another bridge - Pont Butin. This had lovely views over the Rhone but not of the confluence. I was still determined not to give up, so on the way back I took myself to a lower path to see the confluence. I did not go a sensible way and ended up in an area cordoned off as dangerous from which I had to climb a fence marked no entry to get out. From the lower path I ended up on a building site. Undeterred I tried to view the confluence from here, only to be thrown off by irate workmen. Eventually I just got on the Jonction Island and walked to the end of it. This was quite interesting. Lots of people were swimming in the Rhone here and there was a sort of view of the confluence from the end of the island but not a spectacular one like the one from the closed down bridge. Oh well, such is life! The Jonction Island had quite a lot of interesting artistic graffiti. We did not swim here, but would consider coming back here to swim on a future visit.

View from Pont Butin.

View from Pont Butin.

Looking back at the bridge that caused all the trouble.

Looking back at the bridge that caused all the trouble.

View from Pont Butin.

View from Pont Butin.

Graffiti La Jonction.

Graffiti La Jonction.

The River Rhone.

The River Rhone.

La Jonction and the bridge we should have been looking back from.

La Jonction and the bridge we should have been looking back from.

The River Rhone.

The River Rhone.

Graffiti, La Jonction.

Graffiti, La Jonction.

A bit of water mixing in this shot.

A bit of water mixing in this shot.

Graffiti.

Graffiti.

Graffiti.

Graffiti.

Graffiti.

Graffiti.

Our favourite place to swim in Geneva is the beautiful Bains des Pâquis. This is a public baths on Lake Geneva. It costs 2 Euros to get in and for this you can swim from a long jetty that cuts right out onto the lake. You can dive in the water, climb in via steps or wade in from the beach area. There are toilets, showers, changing rooms and a restaurant. We love it here. At the end of the jetty there is a little light house and several Koinobori, which are huge carp-shaped Japanese windsocks. We have never been to Geneva in winter, but apparently there are saunas and Turkish baths here for that time of year.

Bains des Pâquis.

Bains des Pâquis.

Bains des Pâquis.

Bains des Pâquis.

Bains des Pâquis.

Bains des Pâquis.

Peter enjoying the water.

Peter enjoying the water.

Me enjoying the water.

Me enjoying the water.

Bains des Pâquis.

Bains des Pâquis.

Bains des Pâquis.

Bains des Pâquis.

We also spent a lot of our time using the little yellow shuttle boats, Mouettes, which cross Lake Geneva on four different routes. We used these to go to Geneva Plage. On this occasion we did not swim here, but we will on future visits. It costs 7 Euros to go in. You can swim in the lake or an Olympic sized swimming pool.

We also used these to get to Perle du Lac. Near here there is an interesting statue of a boy and a horse. This was created by Swiss sculptor Heinz Schwarz (1920 -1994). It is based on an old story in which a boy swims in the lake with his horse. They both get into trouble in the water. The horse manages to scramble out, but the boy drowns. Apparently when viewed from a certain angle, the boy's hand can just be seen above the horse's back before he gasps his last breath. There are also several lovely parks to explore near here, such as La Perle-du-Lac and Parc Moynier. These parks have lots of nice old buildings, statues, fountains and flowers. The History of Science Museum is in the centre of Park Moynier. We wandered around these parks then swam in the lake here.

yellow shuttle boat.

yellow shuttle boat.

The old town across the lake.

The old town across the lake.

Near Geneva Plage.

Near Geneva Plage.

Geneva Plage.

Geneva Plage.

Near Geneva Plage.

Near Geneva Plage.

Crossing beautiful Lake Geneva.

Crossing beautiful Lake Geneva.

Looking towards Mont Blanc.

Looking towards Mont Blanc.

Parks on the lake.

Parks on the lake.

Swimming from the shores of the park.

Swimming from the shores of the park.

The boy and the horse statue.

The boy and the horse statue.

Posted by irenevt 19:06 Archived in Switzerland

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