Hello all, I am back with the second and final part of my girls trip to Geneva series showcasing what we got up to!
Saturday 22nd June
We had quite an early start today at around 9:30 am but the first thing we did was stop at McDonald’s to grab breakfast. I made the error of ordering a large breakfast meal that came with large chips (no hash brown sadly) so I had to share my chips with somebody else. After our breakfast, our first stop for the day was Mount Saleve (our substitute to the day trip to Annecy). We were still going to France although not for a whole day where the weather can disappoint and ruin plans. After walking across the border between Geneva and France, we made our way to the cable car which was our desired route to get us up to the summit of Mont Salève. Even if you are scared of heights, the views on the way up and at the top are absolutely beautiful. We were so high up that the Jet D’Eau water fountain looked minuscule and stationary compared to when we were on the ground. This was also a great opportunity for a cheeky photo opp from the top and a quick walk/hike. Unfortunately, the rain started coming down thus making the ground slippery and very dangerous for us to do so. We made our way to the restaurant in Mount Saleve to grab some drinks whilst being sheltered from the rain. where the waiter was a bit snappy at first but eventually changed his tune as we ordered our drinks. We stayed here for a while engaging in amazing conversation including the destination for our next girls trip! Once we decided to leave, we used this as an opportunity to grab a group photo since we were all wearing denim (this was unplanned I can assure you).
We took the cable car back down to the ground and jumped on the bus back to Geneva to visit the Phillipe Patek museum. Now Switzerland is renowned for various watchmaking brands and companies but something about the pieces showcased at the Phillipe Patek museum really caught my eye. There was an audio guide on an iPad given to us once we had placed our belongings in the designated cloakroom which gave an in-depth description to each and every single item on display. I was particularly fascinated with the watches that were incorporated onto fans and also pocket watches displaying Roman and Greek mythology centred art. There are three floors located in this museum so it may take a while for you to properly take in everything on display. One of the floors is dedicated to the exclusive designs of the watchmaker Philips Patek (which the museum is named after). The next stop for the day was to visit the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO). My experience at MAMCO was similar to my experience at Salm Place in Prague; I was intrigued yet bewildered by some of the art and exhibitions on display however the fact the entry is free and you get 5 floors of artwork to examine and critique is a pretty good deal. It was approaching the time where we had to retreat back to prepare for the evening activities ahead however we were all very hungry so Kule took us to eat at Muller’s Factory which was extremely satisfying and tasty. They serve a plethora of savoury and sweet crepes along with handmade drinks and smooth gelato. I opted for a Medina crepe with pesto spinach and chicken, a simple cinnamon and sugar crepe that I shared with a mate and two scoops of gelato (Tiramisu and Raspberry cheesecake). I ate for well under £20 with all of these and even though the Medina crepe was overloaded with spinach, it really did keep me full for a while.
On our way back to the apartment, we made a quick stop to buy a bottle of Jack Daniels for our pre-drinks (what’s a girls trip without some alcohol). All I remember is me showering, getting ready and making some drinks for the girls waiting for Kule to arrive. We then jumped in an Uber to one of Kule’s friend’s house which was a lit can journey because the driver allowed us to play our tunes (he was even getting turnt with us!). What happened after we stepped out of the Uber some parts of the girls trip are a huge blur that I cannot recall unless shown photographic and videographic evidence. I remember us eating and having more drinks alongside going to the toilet a lot because the house was insanely beautiful. There was a huge group of us so we had to split up in order for all of us to get to the club. Unlike Brussels, I opted to wear sandals which was so much better however I was still very slumped from the evening as I personally didn’t retire into my bed till about touching 6 am (not the best idea when we had a midday start on Sunday).
Sunday 23rd June
Waking up on Sunday was a bit tough after the evening before but nonetheless, we had to spend the last day of our Geneva girls trip relaxing and enjoying; which also happened to be the hottest day of the trip (~30 degrees). It took us a while to all get ready and decide what swimwear to wear as we were making a stop to the new beach that had been built along the lake. The first activity of the day was to hire a pedal boat to ride across the lake which was extremely fun although very taxing on the legs which left them burning afterwards. There was also an edge of suspense during our ride when a particularly large boat needed space to manoeuver within the marina of the lake. We all took turns to peddle the boat giving us time to relax or put our feet in the lake which was oh so refreshing, especially in the gorgeous weather. Our rental time came to a close therefore we had to pedal the boat back to the bank where we initially boarded from before making our way to get some food in our systems. Kule took us to Cafe du Centre for brunch and honestly I love me some wholesome brunch! Luckily we arrived just in time to still order brunch so I opted for a salmon eggs benedicts with french toast and an iced tea (one of my favourite drinks in the world). I was overall very pleased with my choice plus it was my first time trying french toast and it certainly won’t be my last. I also want to add how this place is really affordable as I spend under £20 for all of my choices including sharing some chips among our table. The only thing that put a bit of a dampener was the fact that our food was left to its own demise for a few moments allowing some cute but aggressive flying birds to come and swipe some chips; which they replaced for us without ease. Because of this, I resorted to physically bringing our food to our table to prevent any more birds from swiping our food. After brunch, we made our way back to the apartment to chill and get ready to go to the beach by chilling on the rooftop with some of Kule’s friends on the apartment we were staying in and what a lovely view it was! I was able to see Mont Saleve, Mont Blanc and of course, the infamous Jet D’Eau by the lake whilst the sun was beaming down. After drinking and being satisfied, we started getting ready and made out way to the beach which was a good 10-minute walk away. Considering this was a man-made beach, I was impressed with the overall beach vibe I got from the place because there were several places to buy cold drinks and snacks plus the fact that consistent music playing throughout. However, as it was the opening weekend, the beach was very much packed and congested but luckily we still found a spot to lay our stuff down and chill. It was nice to chill and relax as the last activity before making our way back to the apartment to draw our holiday to a close.
Overall, the trip was again very much needed hilarious girls trip that huge trips for 2020 are in the woodwork. For once, I feel like I spent enough days at a destination because I felt like I did a mixture of sightseeing and relaxing which was great. You don’t have to worry about the gym or gaining weight because the walking you will do will definitely be enough cardio. One thing that I must add is how expensive a city Geneva is. I was prepared that it will be pricy spending money wise but boy when the cost of things was put into perspective the realisation really kicked in. Nonetheless, I personally wouldn’t go to a Swiss city for more than 2/3 days in order to save some costs spending money-wise however Geneva as a city is absolutely beautiful especially the easy access to the various surrounding mountains and it’s proximity to France by bus. I will, however, endeavour to do a day trip to a French city should I come to Geneva again.
Until my next adventure,
(Left to right: Wemmy, Wura, Yasmin, Kule, Me)