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post #1 of 16
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Our friends Christina & Thomas recently got married in August and are moving to Geneva Switzerland this Saturday because of his job transfer. Christina worked at Zack's company and they had her Goodbye luncheon today, but unfortunately I couldn't go. Well, she came by my office to take care of some last minute paperwork since we are trying to lease out her house. Anyway, I am just sad that they have to leave...but!...Zack told me that he is taking me to Geneva next summer for my graduation gift! I am so excited!! Anyone from there or been there before?! We are staying with Christina & Thomas when we get there ( I think ).
post #2 of 16
No, I haven't been there, but I have a friend whose brother lives there. They go visist every few years, and it sounds great. Nice clean green sort of country!
post #3 of 16
Never heard of it. My Mums finance company is called Geneva Finance though!

Lucky you!
post #4 of 16
I've heard of Geneva but never been there and i always picture Switzerland in the winter with snow, log cabins and a roaring fire

It sounds wonderful though Candie
post #5 of 16
I have been there

you will LOVE it. Do you think you will be able to get out of Geneva though? Switzerland is an amazing country and I spent about 5 weeks travelling through it. It is expensive though, so be prepared for that.
post #6 of 16
Never been there, but it sounds like your hubby is definitely a keeper!!!!
post #7 of 16
Geneva is a nice city on a huge lake, with beautiful countryside all around. It is the HQ of lots of international organisations, including one I do work for sometimes, the Media and Peace Institute. I go there to run courses sometimes. There are lots of good restaurants, and the lake frontage is a lovely walk. There are boats and steamers on the lake that take you way outside the city. ANd very close by is the French border and wine growing country.
post #8 of 16
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Oh my gosh, that sounds like a beautiful dream! I can't wait!
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by milopixie
Never been there, but it sounds like your hubby is definitely a keeper!!!!

He's the best!
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by milopixie
Never been there, but it sounds like your hubby is definitely a keeper!!!!
....Zack is a great Guy!
Give a hug to him, for me Dear Candie!
post #11 of 16
Wow - that's exciting! And Geneva is less than an hour from me! It's a pretty city and yes, I hate to confirm, it IS quite expensive

Are you going to have the chance to take a look around Switzerland while you're here? I can make some suggestions of other great stuff to see and you absolutely have to try a cheese fondue

To give you a taster... here's a picture of Lake Geneva (in French we call it Lac Léman)... the picture is taken from my garden!



post #12 of 16
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That's soooo beautiful and relaxing! I am not sure of all the details, it's still so far away and not sure exactly when will go next year. I love cheese fondue...we go to our fondue restaurant all the time, but I have a feeling that'll be so much better in Switzerland!!
post #13 of 16
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Everyone is saying it is expensive...so...what am I looking at spending if we are there for a week or so per person? Not too worried about the expense since we'll have a place to stay for free!
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by caprice
what am I looking at spending if we are there for a week or so per person?
Switzerland does have a reputation for being expensive, although overall it's probably no more expensive than the UK. Geneva, however, can be expensive as it attracts a lot of tourists...

Compared to the US you can expect to pay more e.g. a small cup of coffee will cost you about Sfr4 (about $2.50); a dinner for 2 about Sfr50 (about $35) if you just want something basic like pizza and soft drinks; and twice that if you want a good fondue with wine.

I guess it's like anywhere else.... if you stay away from the "tourist traps" you can always find a bargain! And the fact you don't have to pay for a hotel is perfect! Plus there are lots of museums and parks to visit for free
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by alexa
Switzerland does have a reputation for being expensive, although overall it's probably no more expensive than the UK. Geneva, however, can be expensive as it attracts a lot of tourists...

Compared to the US you can expect to pay more e.g. a small cup of coffee will cost you about Sfr4 (about $2.50); a dinner for 2 about Sfr50 (about $35) if you just want something basic like pizza and soft drinks; and twice that if you want a good fondue with wine.

I guess it's like anywhere else.... if you stay away from the "tourist traps" you can always find a bargain! And the fact you don't have to pay for a hotel is perfect! Plus there are lots of museums and parks to visit for free
Wow--cup of coffee here is $4 and dinner for us two usually costs us somewhere between $40-$200 depending on where we go for the evening. We mostly cook in though I don't think we'll have a problem with the expense!
post #16 of 16
Geneva is gorgeous (as is Switzerland, in general). Clean, efficient, and expensive. Yesterday, one of my French colleagues and I were discussing Switzerland, along the lines of, "Did you think you'd be shot to death if you littered?" or, "Switzerland is like a clinic - everything's sterile!". Go for it - Geneva is well worth a visit, but is rather pricey. Of course, the same could be said of New York, London, Montreal, Beijing, Moscow......
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