Mylène Barbotin – Switzerland
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Seven things to do in Geneva.
1 ) Jet d’eau
The “Jet d’eau” is the principal symbol of Geneva. You can find this monument when you go to the lake.
Five hundred litres of water per second are jetted to an altitude of 140 metres by two 500 KW pumps, operating at 2,400 volt, consuming one megawatt of electricity.
The water leaves the nozzle at a speed of 200 kilometres per hour.
The diameter of the nozzle is exactly 10 cm. Maximum height of water jet is about 140 metres above water level. When it is in operation, at any given moment there are about 7,000 litres of water in the air.
Unsuspecting visitors to the fountain which can be reached via a stone jetty from the left bank of the lake may be surprised to find themselves drenched after a slight change in wind direction.
The last summer, I had switch on the Jet d’eau with a friend of my father during my summer work. I was so happy, and my friends didn’t believe me, I had do this.
2) Geneva Motor Show
The “Geneva Motor show” is very important in Geneva. The show begin of the begin of March every year and it’s open for two weeks. A lot of personalities and medias come during this show.
There are more than seventy different brand for show the new models.
For the 2017 show the brand come from Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, Sweden, Liechtenstein, India, China, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Denmark.
3) St. Peter’s Cathedral
The “St. Peter’s Cathedral” was build between years 1160 – 1252. The Cathedral is 64 meters long. Cathedral is rented for concerts.
There is no entrance fee for the St. Peter’s Cathedral. There’s an archaeological site under the Cathedral, you can visit all the time, but you have to pay 8.- CHF for adults and 4.- for children’s. The Cathedral is in the old town in Geneva. There’s small street. It’s very beautiful.
“L’Escalade” is an event between 3rd December and 15th December, every years. We celebrating our win of the surprise attack during the night of 11th and 12th December 1602.
There are festive traditions that includes chocolate cauldrons filled with vegetable-shaped marzipan treats.
Geneva organize every year a race “Course de l’Escalade”. This race takes place in Geneva’s Old Town, and has been very popular. Non-competitive racers have fun by dressing in pretty costumes for the “Marmite Race”.
5) Genève Servette Hockey Club
One match of “Genève Servette Hockey Club”. During september and may, the local club has some match in the Ice Skating against other team in Switzerland. There’s two famous matchs like derby against Lausanne HC and Fribourg-Gottéron. There’s a big ambiance and it’s typical swiss match. For now best teams are Zurich Lions and Sc Bern. They win a lot of match now and it’s difficult to win against but not impossible.
6) Palais des Nations
“Palais des Nations” is the garden for the ONU. Built between 1929 and 1936, the Palais des Nations houses the European headquarters of the United Nations and, after New York, is the largest center of the United Nations. More than 25,000 delegates are welcomed there each year and numerous works of art are on display.
“Carouge” is a neighborhood of Geneva City. A stone’s throw from the city center, Carouge is the Greenwich Village of Geneva! Its architecture recalls its Sardinian origins and gives you the impression of being in the South. Traders, shaded terraces, craftsmen and antique dealers live in the many alleys of Carouge, where strolling hours is a real pleasure. At nightfall, the atmosphere is at the rendezvous thanks to the many trendy bars, renowned throughout the city.