5/21-22/2006: Geneva and around
Switzerland as observed from a plane.
Nyon, Vaud Region.
A reminiscence of Roman Empire.
Savoy Mountains on the French side are seen in the background.
Olympic Museum, Lausanne.
Myself with our good old friends.
Olympic Record of Pole Vault.
The best photo as voted by our children.
Olympic flame is kept burning all year round.
Chateau de Chillon, Montreux
The House of Gruyere, the famous Swiss cheese, Fribourg Region.
traditional shop sign post.
St. John Chapel of Chateau de Gruyere in the background.
Beautiful scenery as seen from the castle.
The castle stands in the midst of Fribourg green pre-alpine foothills. Nineteen counts are accounted for in the period between 11th and 16th century. It ended in bankruptcy in 1554. The cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared this castle as its creditors.
Inside the chapel.
In 1849 the castle was put up for sale and sold to the Bovy and Balland families who restored the castle with the help of their painter friends. In 1938 the castle was bouoght back by the canton of Fribourg and made into a museum.
Kitchen room showing different ways of cooking in the period of the "Ancient Regime".
French style landscape garden.
Great Lounge with Louis XV period furnishings, clock and glass of Funk (Bern), piano of Liszt by J.W. Braschoss (Geneva), about 1835.
Baroque Room: forest scenery tapestry of Flanders, end 17th century; chest of drawers by Funk; bust of Sissi (Empress Elisabeth of Austria) by Marcello.
Knights' Room:wall decoration was painted starting from 1852 by Henri Baron and his collaborators, based on Daniel Bovy's drafts to restore the castle.
The furniture in wood was made by Auguste Ansermot at the end of 19th century, adapted from antique models. The top os the table stands on the communion table of the Part-Dieu Charterhouse.
Last photo taken at Gruyere and the camera's batt was out.
Mont Blanc with snow cap.
Digital Zoom of a beautiful town scenery near Lake Geneva.
Pravet on a donkey - what a rare sight!
Our room at Hotel Central, Geneva.
Bathroom is at the entrance!
Free continental breakfast served in the room.
Lockers at Gare Cornavin, Geneva Railway Station
Small size locker, 4 CHF for 24 hrs.
Platform 4 where we'll take the train to Bern.
Mausoleum Brunswick belongs to a wealthy German noble man, Duke of Brunswick, who upon his demise gave all his assets to Geneva municipality with one condition: to build a mausoleum for his body at this very sight.
Digital zoom of St. Pierre roof top.
Normal view of St. Pierre Church.
Gare Cornavin, Geneva
Molard square, Geneva
Stairways leading up to St. Pierre Church.
To our hotel, the sign is on the left and we stayed on the 5th floor. Lucky for me...there's an elevator.