There exists a heaven on earth surrounded by snow-clad mountains, turquoise blue Lehman Lake aka Geneva lake and light blue skies with beauty beyond words. You can only be here and appreciate the nature at its best.
With 41% international crowd, Geneva is the capital city of a country that has been the birthplace of Red Cross & a negotiator of peace during the difficult war times in the world. Geneva is also the home to one of the UNO Headquarters where the flags of 195 countries stand in peace with each other compared to the contrary in reality.
You will also find a gigantic 12m high Broken Chair designed by Swiss artist Daniel Berset for voicing concerns against military violence in the world. It is also the place of political demonstrations.
This cannot miss a mention as a proud Indian. In the UNO premises, you will also find a statue of Mahatma Gandhiji, one of the most important contributors to world peace. “My life is my message” is etched on the stone below the statue reinstating the importance of conduct of peace over hatred. The world is in need of more “PeaceMakers” than “PeaceBreakers”. We have already had holocausts for silliest of the reasons possible. What we have really not seen is a united beautiful world with an integrated beauty of diversity. Such a wonderful world it would be!
(Pssst! The peacocks in UNO gardens are also a gift from India )
By the way! Did you know? Peacock is the national bird of India.
One of the reasons of my travels also happens to be the quest for a city which I can call as my home. Geneva is one of the main contenders after Tromsø (Norway) & Gibraltar.
The most humorous incident in Geneva was when I asked a shopkeeper if I could pay in Euros instead of Swiss Francs. He replies smilingly that they even accept gold coins in Switzerland.
Even if you do not want to visit any museums or anything else, the life is just so beautiful around the Geneva Lake. Especially in the evening with all the lights on, it’s just a surreal place to be. The swans, the ships & the water jet in the background, a peaceful evening walk will fill your heart with content. Or even better! get something to eat or drink & have a small picnic by the lakeside.
Life is so beautiful around you. As they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. You just have to be open towards it.
Until next time! Hope you will find the beauty around you.