Swiss Cities in Depth: Geneva
"I love Switzerland. It's so clean and cool. We don't get much snow where I live so I get real excited in Lausanne and Geneva. I'd like to buy a house there when I'm older and settle down" -Michael Joseph Jackson, American Singer, Songwriter, and Dancer.
Welcome back or welcome to Adventures at Franklin! 4 years ago, a wonderful series on this blog called "Swiss Cities in Depth" began. Check out the first post on Lugano here and the second post on Bern right here. Today, I'm so happy to be able to continue this series, and write about a city very close to my heart. For those of you who may not know, I am from and grew up in Geneva. I lived there from 2002-2009, and then from 2012-2017. In 2017, I moved to Lugano to study at FUS but I return to Geneva multiple times a semester, as well as for winter and summer breaks.
The Reformation Wall in Geneva! The statues of Calvin, Farel, Beze and Knox are present.
4. Jet d'Eau (Geneva Water Fountain). Jet d'Eau means water jet, and this fountain is probably the most famous landmark of Geneva. Interestingly, the fountain was not built as a fountain! The Jet d'Eau was first built to control and release the excess pressure from a hydraulic plant. Since then, people liked the it so much that it has become the symbol of Geneva. The water can reach a height of 140 meters, with a pump rate of 500 liters per second. You can see the fountain from all around the lake, but I like getting right up and close to it to feel the full effect.
- The Swiss wristwatch was invented by Patek Phillipe in 1868, in Geneva!
- Tim Berners Lee was living in Geneva, and working at CERN when he invested the World Wide Web. In other worlds, Geneva is the birthplace of the Internet!
- As mentioned, the Jet d'Eau was not built originally as a fountain, and Geneva has the longest bench in the world.
- Spring is announced via a chestnut tree. There is a tradition where Geneva officially announce the coming of spring whenever the first leaf blooms on the “official” chestnut tree, located outside the canton government’s windows.