Geneva and other places

Travel time: February 2007  |  by Witney W.

Geneve part 2

We then stumbled upon the Cathedral Saint Pierre. The guidebook says...

"There has been a cathedral on this site since the 12th century, but the building you see today dates mainly from the 16th century- it's austere interior reflects the style and philosophy of Calvinist times. It was here that John Calvin preached between 1536 and 1564.

The facade of the cathedral

The facade of the cathedral

"The view of the city and the surrounding Jura and Alps from the North Tower is worth the climb."

So we climbed...

Renee, Laura, and Jason

Renee, Laura, and Jason

And then we climbed up to the watch tower on the other side. From what we understand from the signs in French, for centuries a man was posted up there to watch for emergencies. I would assume it was his job to watch for fire, invasion, etc. He would then record the location and then blow a long horn to alert the authorities. The sign said he was replaced by the telephone in 1911. Sad.

Photograph of the last watchman.  Note his horn on the right.

Photograph of the last watchman. Note his horn on the right.

The watchman's tower today.

The watchman's tower today.

A view of Lac Leman from the watchman's window.

A view of Lac Leman from the watchman's window.

© Witney W., 2007
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The trip
 
Description:
Well folks, I'm on the road again in Europe. PT Geneva is this weekend and Renee and I are site visiting again. I have to be a little more subtle about where I'm site visiting. I don't want to inadvertantly leak confidential information. But I figure it doesn't matter. If you are checking this site, you probably know where I am. :)
Details:
Start of journey: Feb 03, 2007
Duration: 11 days
End of journey: Feb 13, 2007
Travelled countries: Switzerland
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Witney W. is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 14 years.