Geneva, Switzerland is a beautiful city full of history and global diplomacy. I couldn’t wait to add Switzerland as my 16th new country to explore on the first day of 2016. My sister and I thought that New Years weekend would be a great time to explore but unfortunately a lot was closed! #lessonlearned
(Cupcake Travel Tip: When preparing to travel in Europe during holiday times, check out schedules of places you want to visit ahead of time to make sure they are open over the holiday)
We landed New Years Eve day and went straight to our Airbnb to check in. It was a spacious Airbnb with a lovely host in the Sainte-Clotide area. I felt like most places were walking distance in Geneva and if not, the bus system was very easy to follow.
The second downside to this weekend getaway was it rained two days out of the 3. We still walked to many of the places but it did leave minimal options for things to do.
We headed to Old City Geneva to explore. It ended up being my favorite place.
Restaurant Flore was a cozy little spot for some surprisingly good pizza and wine.
Our first selfie of 2016!
We walked around Place du Molard, which as you can tell was closed for the day. The holiday decorations were all still up and really pretty to take in.
The next morning we were up and at ’em to figure out what we could do or see, although it was pouring again.
To start we headed to get a great view of the Jet d’Eau, the most famous landmark in Geneva. I feel like this picture sums up our weekend, cloudy but beautiful.
Then with help from the awesome tourism center they have in Geneva, we settled on heading to Carouge a village that goes back to the Middle Ages era, just outside of Geneva. It was closed 🙁 (thanks tourism center). I do think this would be an amazing place to visit in the spring/summer when the markets and squares are open!
Feeling defeated we started seeking out somewhere to eat dinner and found Restaurant Chez ma Cousine. I didn’t take a picture of our yummy chicken dinners, but check it out on yelp for more awesome reviews!
Afterwards we stumbled on Spring Brother’s Irish Pub in Old Geneva. It was a great place to get a beer and watch a rugby game.
We were really excited about day three because first off it was sunny and second off we decided to venture out and see more than just Geneva. We ended up on a train out to Montreaux and the Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory. #DessertFirst
But first since it was sunny with blue skies we walked around the harbor to get a better view from the day before.
Lake Geneva I can imagine how beautiful this walk would be in the spring or summer time.
I tried to take pictures while on the train because the landscape of Switzerland is so beautiful. Many of my photos didn’t come out great but I loved seeing these little villages scattered throughout the alps on our way to the Cailler factory.
Home of the famous Cailler chocolate that was sold to Nestle in 1929.
I have never toured a chocolate factory before and I now know I was missing out.
I thought the whole tour was very informational and interesting. It went through the history of the Cailler’s and where they get their ingredients to the process of getting everything out of those ingredients.
Happy after tasting all the chocolate!
Gorgeous mountains everywhere
One of our souvenirs
Trying to get more pictures of the alps while on the train. I highly recommend taking train rides in Switzerland to take in the scenery.
On our way back to Geneva we got off the train at the traditional resort town of Montreux to check out the medieval castle of Château de Chillon.
Château de Chillon
Alyssa getting that dynamic picture 😉
We only spent about an hour in Montreux before heading back to Geneva on the train. We wanted to watch our beloved Patriots play their last game of the season so we found Mr. Pickwick’s Pub. It was a spacious two level pub that plays US Sports as well as European Football if you are looking for another great pub while visiting Geneva.
The next morning we flew back to Paris for the second part of my trip.
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