I Saw A Skeleton: My First Day In Geneva

We began our Geneva trip like we begin every morning: by complaining about being awake.

Eventually, though, we dragged ourselves out of bed, washed the travel off, and set out to conquer Geneva.

Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève OR Saint Pierre Cathedral

We took a bus over to Geneva’s City Center and walked over to one of the city’s most historic attractions in the heart of Old Town. 

The Saint Pierre Cathedral stands on a religious site used since the 4th century. It was constructed in its current state in the 12th century and given its permanent aesthetic in the 18th Century. 

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 Gotta love them cobblestones.

Gotta love them cobblestones.

 That's a view that can make anyone religious. Geneva is famous for the Reformation. This church was one of the main locations for some of the most famous Reformation preachers.

That's a view that can make anyone religious. Geneva is famous for the Reformation. This church was one of the main locations for some of the most famous Reformation preachers.

 Stained glass. Always a nice touch. 

Stained glass. Always a nice touch. 

 Goodness! That's some intense woodwork!

Goodness! That's some intense woodwork!

 The whole time we're in here, I'm getting serious Assassin's Creed flashbacks.

The whole time we're in here, I'm getting serious Assassin's Creed flashbacks.

 Them's some nice pipes right there.

Them's some nice pipes right there.

The Archaeological Site Of The Saint Pierre Cathedral

Pretty darn cool.

There are multiple worship sites for different religions underneath the Cathedral.

So we grabbed some headphones and took a walking tour through the actual archaeological site, starting in the 3rd century BC and going all the way up to the 12th century.

 We found the Chamber of Secrets. I swear. Barely got out of their alive. 

We found the Chamber of Secrets. I swear. Barely got out of their alive. 

 Strange storage area or portal to the past? That's for you to decide.

Strange storage area or portal to the past? That's for you to decide.

 Based on the fact that I've seen every episode of  Bones,  I'd say this was a mid-twenties Caucasian male with a terrible case of Lupus... 

Based on the fact that I've seen every episode of Bones, I'd say this was a mid-twenties Caucasian male with a terrible case of Lupus... 

Maison Tavel – Oldest House And Urban Museum

This is one of the best historical attractions in the city. DO NOT MISS IT.

Maison Tavel is  the oldest private house in Geneva and has fascinating exhibits. 

A virtual presentation tells the entire story of Geneva in one of the most interesting and entertaining ways that I’ve ever seen. And the items on display as well as the house itself reek of quality craftsmanship and historic beauty.

I friggin’ loved it.

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 Yep. That's the banner.

Yep. That's the banner.

 And this is the building. Somebody buy it for me. 

And this is the building. Somebody buy it for me. 

 A guillotine. Because... Why not? 

A guillotine. Because... Why not? 

 This urinal at the museum had nostrils. I felt like that should be shared with the world. 

This urinal at the museum had nostrils. I felt like that should be shared with the world. 

 We buddies. 

We buddies. 

 It's just... It's just so beautiful.

It's just... It's just so beautiful.

 WARNING: The guards will yell at you if you try to weigh yourself. Which is rude. 

WARNING: The guards will yell at you if you try to weigh yourself. Which is rude. 

 This is on a door. Imagine coming home to this drunk late at night. Also, do they look like they're about to get it on?

This is on a door. Imagine coming home to this drunk late at night. Also, do they look like they're about to get it on?

 They had a room full of these things. And now my nightmares are full of them too. 

They had a room full of these things. And now my nightmares are full of them too. 

 This portrait was hung on one of the walls. No explanation was given...

This portrait was hung on one of the walls. No explanation was given...

Ending The Day

We stopped in one last museum while in Old Town before finishing the day: The Espace Rousseau.

It is a historic audio and visual tour through the house that Geneva’s most famous citizen, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, was born in.

I had read some Rousseau back in school, so it sounded interesting to me, but it was a pretty dry experience.

I liked learning more about the man, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone visiting the city without a background in political theory or philosophy.

After that, we took a bus back to Annemasse (taking a chance that the driver wouldn’t check tickets after we crossed the French border. He didn’t).

As we walked back to the hotel, we stopped at a supermarket, bought sandwich materials, some éclairs and a bag of croissants.

(What? It’s France. You’re supposed to shove baked goods into your face hole until you lose consciousness. I believe it’s the country’s national slogan.)

Then we went home and passed out after a long day of walking and eating delicious treats.

Geneva is an expensive city. But it’s worth every penny. And every Swiss Franc too.