We left the apartment at 4am and found the taxi already waiting for us. Flew to Frankfurt and then caught our connecting flight to Geneva. I couldn’t believe how warm Geneva was, the complete opposite of what we had been experiencing in Vilnius.
I made a reservation at Hotel Kipling Manotel. I liked the reviews I read on Booking.com and TripAdvisor, and it was close to where out city tour bus would pick us up. We checked in, and Mom and Auntie immediately took naps. I had slept on both flights so I was itching to go out. While they rested, I explored the area and found a Coop and Lidl (supermarkets).
I stared at the chocolate/biscuits aisle with wide eyes. I didn’t know where to start. Naturally I picked up a couple of bars that had the prettiest packaging. I was very snacky.
With the help of hotel reception, I made reservations at a nearby Swiss restaurant that has musical performers. It’s very kitschy and touristy, but I was kinda hoping it would be. Mom and Auntie had salmon and I had fondue. We slept well with full bellies.
We started our bus tour at ten in the morning. It was nice that the group was small, and we had a large bus to ourselves. We were shown the major landmarks in the city like the Jet d’Eau, St. Pierre’s cathedral in old town, and the flower clock.
We got off to take photos at the United Nations and a park near Villa Diodati where Lord Byron and Mary Shelley once stayed, the birthplace of Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel and I got sandwiches for us for lunch. Mom and Auntie wanted to stay nearby and go shopping for chocolates, but they let me have the afternoon to myself. I crossed the Pont du Mont Blanc and went to the mostly empty Museum of History and Art and spent most of my afternoon there.
I felt so grateful for this trip. It’s been ages since I’ve been somewhere new and to be able to travel across the world for a wedding! Who knows, if I get married, I’d like it to be someplace new too.