Back in April Easyjet released a batch of cheap flights for the end of this year and one of my friends said she was booking flights to head to Geneva for two and a bit days at the beginning of December. I was sat in my hotel in Paris at the time, popped onto the app and booked my flights too as I’m not one for turning down a trip. On Friday 2nd December we made our way to Luton Airport for the ninety-minute flight to Geneva in Switzerland. Being naive I actually had no idea where Switzerland actually was in relation to everywhere else so was shocked it was so close.
We got our free train tickets from the airport to the main Geneva station which took about ten minutes to get to and made our quick walk to the hostel we were staying in. I’m not a huge fan of hostels (especially shared rooms) but Geneva is sadly quite an expensive place so we opted for this as it was just two nights. After dropping our bags and getting a quick recommendation from the hostel staff we headed to a hotel/ restaurant called Edelweiss which was so cute and made us feel like we were in a ski chalet in the mountains. We knew we wanted cheese fondue so ordered a selection including a goats cheese one, a cheese and garlic one and a standard cheese one alongside a meat version. They were all absolutely beautiful but I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that amount of bread or cheese before.
Over our few days we explored the city as much as we could but took things easy as it was very cold (even I felt it and this is quite unusual). We explored the beautiful Cathedrale and looked out over the city, we ate chocolate fondue more than once, we took a city bus tour to see a bit more of what there was to offer, took a quite boat across the lake and we saw the beautiful fountain in the middle of the lake. Unbeknown to us the weekend we chose was the biggest weekend for the city with races taking place throughout the city and it was so nice watching the runners get cheered on by those who choose to watch. Running in sub-zero temperatures takes a lot so kudos to them.
We knew we wanted to have a fun night out but had worked out how expensive the city was. Fortunately, we’d bought a bottle from duty-free and after buying one more we spent most of the night in our hostel meeting a guy from New York who was chaperoning a basketball team, a guy from China traveling the world and a group of people who were strangely very local to us. We ended up going out for a few drinks after but at 12 francs aka £10 for a single vodka and coke we decided against it.
I definitely feel like I got a good initial feel for the city but due to the weather we didn’t explore and do as much as I’d have liked so I’m definitely going to be heading back sometime in the summer.
Have you ever been away somewhere really cold?