HELLO, GENEVA.

March 21st, 2018

A weekend trip.

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The past weekend my friend Giorgia and I met up in Geneva, Switzerland, and visited a city we both had never been to before.

So of course, I brought my compact camera, filmed a few clips, and took some photos. 

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When we were thinking of destinations for our quick trip, we felt that finding a place that is almost equally as far for both would have been idea, especially cause we both would have had to travel on our own.

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Geneva is just about 1 hour and 15 minutes away from both London and Venice, so that made it the perfect location: we got on the early Friday flights, arriving to the hotel in the morning, which gave us plenty of time to look around.

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The weather was holding up – even though we knew it was going to rain for most of the trip – so we opted for a river walk right away,  to see the conjunction between the two rivers, the Rhône and the Arve.

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The water from the Rhône appears much bluer and clearer, compared to the Arve, creating a beautiful contrast of colours as they meet.

I saw some stunning photos of this online, but because of the weather – not being as sunny as it could be – and our viewing point – I wasn’t able to get such a crisp image of it.

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Right after we ventured towards the Old Town, full of cute and historic buildings.

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I believe one of the main things in this area is the Cathedral of Saint Pierre.

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It was free to visit and looked quite grand yet very minimal and muted at the same time.

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Which was interesting as the chapel on the side was so rich in colours and patterns.

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We kept on walking, admiring the buildings, checking out some shops, and reaching the lake.

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We even managed to see the jet d’eau from afar.

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On the second day we checked out the Botanical Gardens.

I don’t think I had ever been to one before, and when I saw Geneva had a few greenhouses, I knew I had to go see them.

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It was a rainy day and nobody was around, so we weren’t sure it was even open.

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We were very surprised when we tried opening a door, to realise all the greenhouses were accessible.

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They were temperate, which gave us a chance to warm up and stay out of the rain.

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The smaller one, out of the 3 greenhouses available, was my personal favourite: not just because of this cactus garden, but because you could go up and admire the beautiful plants from up high.

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This place was magical.

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The gardens didn’t just have greenhouses, but also animals, a villa, and a library. It was overall a lovely area to walk around.

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We then wanted to briefly check out the Broken Chair, right in front of the United Nations building.

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It was a Saturday, and it seems as if that’s the closing day for restaurants over there, so we struggled finding a place to eat. We eventually did, even if it was incredibly packed and stressful.

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Luckily towards the evening there were less people around, and the rain stopped.

I really wanted to see Place Du Molard after sundown as I knew some of the cobblestones would lit up and show a message, written in different languages.

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This was such a cute spot!

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On Sunday we had some time to kill, as our flights were in the evening.

Again, the weather wasn’t the best so we decided to visit a couple museums – the one I was looking forward to the most of the MAMCO.

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I find modern art museums very interesting, so I was curious to see what Geneva had to offer.

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Some areas had a slightly creepy vibe – which I quite enjoyed (I actually kept sounds from the museum on my video so that you could get a sense of what it was like walking through it). I was having a great time till I decided to take this photo and truly angered a guard of the museum. She was not happy with me being that close to the installation and got told off – oops.

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After lunch, we grabbed a bus in Place De Neuve, which had this stunning parc called Parc des Bastions.

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We went to see the Museum of Natural History, which was free to enter, as our final stop.

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And then it was time to go back to the airport.

Even though the city appeared grey and quiet during winter time, I can see it being stunning when it warms up and flowers bloom. The highlight of my trip was being able to catch up with Giorgia, and feel like our friendship is just as strong as it was when we were kids.

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Watch the video here!

Marzia

83 thoughts on “HELLO, GENEVA.

  1. Chloé

    These pictures are STUNNING, Marzia! And Giorgia did very well too (with the pictures she took of you). I love how this is not only a beautiful trip but also a message of friendship! You girls rule 🙂
    Ps: where did you get your coat and your shoes?

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  2. evivian

    Bellissime foto.
    Marzia, hai mai pensato di venire in ticino? Non é male, abbiamo musei e tu puoi fare da guida a Felix hehehe.
    In ogni caso, continua così!
    Sei la mia ispirazione. ❤

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  3. Polina Koretkovskaya

    I’m in love with that kind of architecture 😍

    I have never been abroad and since my 18th birthday is in less than a year I’m planning my first trip ever and your vlogs and posts here have helped me to make a list of places I want to visit. Thank you for writing such detailed travel posts!

    The photos are glorious as always, by the way!

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  4. flufflymath

    I hope you liked Geneva, I come from Switzerland haha and you took beautiful pictures of the city, when I saw them it was like I discovered Geneva ( I come there almost every weekend ) I hope you’ll come back soon! Have a beautiful day 🧡

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  5. barelysara

    I think I’ve said it so many times but the way you plan your trips is so amazing! I wish one day I can travel as much as you do and enjoy like you always do!
    Thanks so much for sharing as always! Geneva looks gorgeous and I can tell you some trips are made a lot more magical with rain in it.
    Can’t wait to check out the video when I get home!
    Lots of love and hugs, Sara 💜

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  6. oxria

    The greenhouses are so beautiful and give off this magical and relaxing vibe… 🌟❤ I really want to visit one now!
    Thanks for sharing the photos you took with us! I’m off to watch the video now, haha 😊

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  7. Isaac21

    Hi Marzia!!!

    I just watched your video and I have to say that the editing is fantastic, I enjoyed so much!!! The only thing I would change is the font inside the video. It was difficult to read, at least for me. The rest, absolutely brilliant!! 😄😄😄

    I haven’t been in Ginebra before, literally never went out from Spain jajaja, but it seems to be a cozy city. Next Marzia’s trip: Barcelona, you know!!!! 😊😊

    I’m happy you had a great weekend, stay as awesome as you are!!

    Kisses from Barcelona!! 😄😄😄

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  8. nayelie_espinoza

    Geneva looks absolutely beautiful, it looks like a place i’d enjoy to walk around and admire.
    Those greenhouses look very calming and magical, thank you so much for sharing this Marzia!
    I love your travel posts.

    xx Nayelie

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  9. nurselifebykarin

    Going to watch your video right away! I’ve been to Geneva once but you’ve been to completely different things. Love the greenhouse idea. I am planning on going to Japan next year. Would you consider making a short blog post with tips for a first time to Japan?

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  10. May

    Hi Marzia,
    This was such a beautiful blog post and I loved the video too. I really liked that you kept the music from the museum, it totally gave the sense of the creepiness inside, I loved it ! also I had no idea about the the broken chair monument it was so interesting too see and then read about.
    Every time I finish reading your blog posts I usually have a big smile on my face, so thank you for that.
    looking forward to your next travel post !

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  11. cerysmalkin

    I love seeing my emails with Marzia updated her blog it’s the highlight of my day!

    Geneva looks really nice you have an amazing eye for photography and capturing really pretty photos.

    I also love those PWR trousers – where are they from?

    Hope you are well x

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  12. Franci

    Ciao marzia, ho appena visto il video e devo che la sequenza al museo d’arte moderna ha un editing pazzesco, soprattutto grazie ai suoni (abbastanza inquietanti) dei pezzi d’arte! Stavolta hai superato te stessa 😍👌 com’era il cibo a ginevra???

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  13. laney96

    I absolutely love Geneva! I was able to go last summer and I’ll never forget how beautiful the area is! Switzerland has so many gorgeous places with incredible architect! I’m glad you had a great time Marzia! 🙂

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  14. OneMan

    Ed alla fine pensi sempre a quanto è bella l’Italia. ❤️🇮🇹❤️Finalmente la primavera, dopo un bellissimo inverno con pure la neve. ❄️
    Pronto per riprendere la mia mtb, sperando che, nel frattempo, la brexit porti futuro in Italia. 🏦
    Conosco bene la Svizzera, soprattutto Lugano ma per altri motivi.. 😂😂

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  15. E Katsimpri

    Your travel videos are always so unique. They show a different perception of popular tourism destinations that is really missing from travel vlogs. Love it 🙂

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  16. Paula ✨

    Glad you had fun with your friend! I have a friend from Lugano and last year we met up as well and went to Geneva, as I was eager to visit it. I looked stunning! And btw, loved your vlog as well – the aesthetics omg 😍

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  17. 🌴 Val 🌴

    Aww so glad you were reunited with a childhood friend 🙂 I loved the comparison between the churches and also your descriptions of the atmosphere. Great post! I look forward to watching the video now!!

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  18. libysan

    It’s great that this blog post is so long! These have become my little secret retreat even more so than your videos. I would love to see those greenhouses for myself. I also noticed everything is sort of greyed I don’t know if it’s from being cloudy or you added an artistic touch ✨ to the videography. Thanks for the post Marzia 😘

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  19. Charlotte Chiarelli

    I live in Switzerland but 2 hours away from Geneva, and I have to say I don’t like this big city very much as I come from à quiet small village.

    But to see it with the eyes of somebody who never been. It seems more lovely.

    Funny enough, It’s my first time in London ever, and while I’m writing this I’m heading towards Brighton for the first time as well. You described it so beautifully that it had to be a part of my trip.

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  20. Vicky

    Hi Marzia!
    I love your tripvideos too!! These are super relaxing and nice! Have you been in Budapest? I live hier, and i think it is worth to see somewhen. 🙂

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  21. Hannah

    Hey! I’ve been curious about the architecture of those red gates to Japanese shrines (16th picture). Does anyone know what they’re called? I want to learn more but can’t seem to find a specific name for them.

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  22. Lisa

    Ciao Marzia! Ti capisco benissimo, a inizio marzo sono andata a visitare Siena e San Giminiano, che dovrebbero essere due delle città più belle ma praticamente eravamo da soli, ed è stato grigio/pioggerellina per tutto il tempo. Solo il primo giorno c’è stato un po’ di sole ed era tutto 3 volte più bello!
    Non ci sono mai stata a Ginevra anche se mio papà è nato lì! I giardini botanici hanno un’atmosfera magica 😍
    grazie che ci porti sempre in queste tue avventure, è sempre un piacere viaggiare “con te”!
    Un abbraccio da Bergamo (prossima “terra di mezzo” che dovresti visitare :P)

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