About Me

I am a 45 year husband and dad, currently adjusting to life back in the United States after living in Italy for a little over two years. I love spending time with my family, cycling, model railroading, mosaics and watching TV and movies.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


We checked out of the hotel this morning, but left the car in the parking garage a few hours.

Katrina wanted to visit a photography museum before we left Lausanne. Brandon and I would find a park and hang out until she was done.

First off, we stopped at Starbuck's for breakfast. After breakfast we caught the Metro and rode it to our various stops. Brandon and I got off first, near the park. Katrina continued on to the stop near the museum.

Katrina visited Musee d'Elysee. Brandon played in the park while I read my book. I've been reading Clive Cusslers' "Night Probe".

The park had some cool features, including the clubhouse.

About an hour and a half later we received a text from Katrina that she was about finished at the museum. We decided to meet at the top station of the Metro line.
On our way back to the car we stopped at Starbucks and McDonalds for some lunch to go...how American of us.

Our drive to Geneva took about an hour. We arrived at our hotel, a Novotel, in the early afternoon. After checking in and getting settled in the room, we headed into downtown Geneva.

But first, we had to stop and take pictures of the sunflower fields near our hotel.

Katrina was excited to see sunflower fields near our hotel.

We thought this sign was funny - no peeing, no dogs, no dancing, no graffiti, no throwing bottles over your shoulder.

We found parking near the main train station and headed towards the waterfront. Our plan was to ride on the tourist tram to get an overview of the city. The downtown waterfront area was a crazy mess of people, cars and closed streets. Apparently August 1 is a holiday in Switzerland - Swiss National Day.

We found the trolley stop but had to wait about 30 minutes for it to return. Brandon bought some popcorn to help kill time.

The trolley ride around Geneva was pretty intersting. Its amazing how many international organizations have headquarters in Geneva. Our tour took us past many of these places, through the old city area, the waterfront and up into the hills along Lake Geneva for a grand view of the city.

Headquarters of the International Red Cross

United Nations

Broken Chair

I just thought this building was fun to look at

Lake Geneva

We thought this was funny. Apparently our tour included a stop at a Swiss gas station.

At the end of our tour, which lasted almost two hours, we walked through the festival on the waterfront then found a restaurant for dinner. Italian was our choice for today.

We spent the evening walking along the waterfront, people watching at the festival, watching all the carnival rides, and looking at art along the promenade. The was also a large print display of photos taken in Chernobyl, 25 years later. Very interesting.

Recycled art

Brandon went through one of the fun mazes

Around 10:30pm the sky erupted in fireworks. We watched most of them before heading back to the car then back to the hotel for the night.

Tomorrow we head home, about a 4.5 hour drive back to Italy.

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