Made By Mrs M

Wandering in Geneva

TravelKate Marsden

A few weeks ago I had the rare opportunity to spend a couple of days in Geneva - mostly on my own (Mr M was working and the not so small boy was staying with his grandparents). I obviously spend a fair bit of time ambling around London by myself, but its almost unheard of for me to do this anywhere else. Geneva was an easy one though, as not only had I visited before (with a toddler in tow and with rather less welcoming weather) but it’s a pretty compact, safe and friendly place, so ideal.

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I spent Monday ambling around and taking photos. As is common with many places, the majority of the galleries and museums are closed on Mondays, and in Geneva going shopping really isn’t an affordable option (circa £16 for a salad and coffee in Starbucks anyone?), but as you can see the weather was on my side, so it was a good opportunity to get my steps in! I spent a fair bit of time exploring the old town, walking by the lake and sitting people watching in the Jardin Anglais. I was also temped by the Bains des Paquis (swimming in Lake Geneva anyone?) as it was pretty hot, but it seemed that everyone else had the same idea, and I returned to the solitude of my hotel room balcony and a book instead!

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In the evening I met up with Mr M and we had dinner at Le Relais de l’Entrecote - no good if you’re a vegetarian, but amazing if you like a steak - no menu (other than desserts) - you get a lovely salad as a starter and then steak frites with a magical (and secret!) green sauce. They also have a branch in London if you fancy it…


The following morning I had ice cream for a (very late) breakfast, as you can when you’re travelling without children! There are some nice riverside bars along the Quai Bezanson-Hugues, and also a branch of Movenpick…


As it was Tuesday, the galleries were open! I walked back through the old town, across the very nice (and shady) Parc des Bastions, over the scorching hot Plaine des Plainpalais to MAMCO Geneve. I didn’t have too much trouble finding the place as I’d been there before when I went with the small boy, however 6+ years ago when we visited it was closed for refurbishment. Not so this time though. MAMCO is a really nice modern art gallery in a wonderful industrial setting. And entry is free - which, when you’ve already sold a kidney to visit Geneva, is very welcome! The only downside was the lack of aircon (which I really needed after that walk!).

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And then I was off again to seek cold drinks and shade before the train to the airport. Wishing that maybe I had braved the crowds for that swim in the lake…