WHERE IN THE WORLD WEDNESDAY
WHERE IN THE WORLD WEDNESDAY: MAY 4, 2016
MAY 4, 2016
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This global city is of significant financial, diplomatic and human rights importance, yet has a population of less than 200,000 residents. It boasts one of the shortest commuting times of any major city in the world. This city dates back more than 4,000 years and is situated on the banks of a picturesque lake. French is its predominant language and its Old Town is a maze of quaint streets filled with cafes, restaurants, museums and historical sites.
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Situated against the majestic Swiss Alps and Lac Léman, also called Lac de Genéve (hence its English name Lake Geneva), this city seems to have it all. Geneva is the French speaking part of Switzerland, located in the western part of the country and is the gateway to the Alps where skiing, hiking and breathtaking scenery await. The “Jet d’Eau” (water sprout) has always dominated the Geneva skyline. An awe-inspiring sight to see lake water pumped to a height of 400 feet, especially when there is a strong wind blowing. Although Geneva is neither the largest city, nor capital of Switzerland (Bern is the capital and Zurich is the largest city), Geneva has gained international renown as it is home to the United Nations European office as well as the International Red Cross and the World Health Organization.
Geneva is often considered the most international city in the world, as 40% of its residents come from outside Switzerland.
A great place to try Geneva’s local cuisine is at the Café du Bourg de Four, famous for its rösti, a potato dish considered by many Swiss as their national dish, located at the Place du Bourg de Four in the old town.
This is also the city where the Geneva Conventions were signed, which chiefly concern the treatment of wartime non-combatants and prisoners of war. The 3-legged chair that looms opposite the “Palais des Nations” is a must-see when visiting. Standing 40 feet high, The Broken Chair is a reminder of the tragedy caused to human lives and limbs by land mines.
Along with The Broken Chair and the famous St. Peter’s Cathedral, other must-see places are Maison Tavel and the Old Arsenal located in front, Place du Bourg-de-Four, and The Treille Promenade. The altitude of Old Town is some 80 feet higher than the lake, so expect a bit of a climb. Geneva is also known for its watch making tradition.