Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Geneva, Swizerland

The most recent excursion involved a trip to the land of watches, chocolate, and banks. Chocolate was consumed, watches were observed, however no shady business transactions were conducted in banks. I spent a day checking out the city, wondering around the lake, saw an enormous water fountain which jets about 138 meters in the air (called the Jet d'Eau). It is supposed to pump water out at a rate of 132 gallons per second. Pretty spectacular. The area around the lake was quite nice with lots of gulls, ducks, swans, and boats.

In journeys around the city, I got to see a clock made of flowers which keeps accurate time. (being in Switzerland, one would expect accuracy of this caliber) There was also an island at the edge of the lake where the philosopher Rousseau of the Enlightenment period used to hang out and philosophize. Another stop along the way was a museum of the Protestant Reformation located in close proximity to the former home of John Calvin.

A fine meal of perch, salad, fries, and Coca-Cola was consumed at a local restaurant for lunch. The afternoon consisted of further wandering of the city and seeing the location where the Red Cross organization was founded.

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