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Day 2: Geneva is known for its watch-making and is home to multiple world-known watch brands including Rolex. There is even a walking tour for watch enthusiasts. It starts with what is known as the “flower clock.” This clock features the world’s longest second hand at 2.5 meters long and over 6,500 flowers (these are changed throughout the year, so the clock is always flowing even in the winter). Unfortunately, the first time that we stopped by, the clock was in flower transition and a complete mess!
Lucky for us, when we stopped by the next day, it looked much better, although we never did see it completely finished.
The tour continued with a collection of Swatch watches, there were over 5,000 on display and some were a little more eccentric than others. The one on the left below reminded us of Justin’s parents dogs.
There is an entire museum dedicated to timepieces, Patek Philippe Museum. It is another watchmaker based in Geneva. We were not able to take pictures inside, but it included the machines used by early watchmakers and timepieces of all shapes and sizes from the last 500 years. Some of our favorites included clocks with birds that sang on the hour (they even moved their wings).
Finally, we were able to see the station of a current watchmaker. This was at an upper end watch boutique called Breguet. Although the watchmaker was not there, a nice gentleman took us around his machinery and explained all the details. If you have a large disposable income you should think about getting a Breguet watch. Everything that goes into the watch is made in Geneva by their workers even down to the tiny screws and springs. Their average watch prices is about $25,000. The man spent close to half an hour explaining the process and their different watches to us, we particularly liked his statement that “In Switzerland a watch with a battery is not considered a watch.” They take their watches very seriously here.
Other than the watch tour we walked around what is called “Old Town”, it is the older section where cars are not allowed. Sights included St. Peter’s Church which was built in the 12th century, and the Reformation wall, which honors the important men of the Protestant reformation that was particularly important in Geneva which is known as “Protestant Rome.”
While strolling through the park in front of the Reformation wall we happened across a (drumroll please)… Newfoundland. This cute and friendly fellow, of course, drooled on Katie, but reminded us so much of Samson.
We ended the day with a visit to the United Nations and the gigantic busted chair across the road.
Day 3: We felt like we had conquered Geneva and it finally stopped raining (it has rained off and on every day since we have been in Switzerland), so on our last day we decided to go on a hike on the shore of Lake Geneva. We stumbled across a botanical garden.
On a pit stop in our hotel room before dinner, we also witnessed an ABOLISH MEAT, BE VEGAN parade 🙂
This is our last night in Geneva. It has been a quick trip, but we are exhausted and ready to fly home.