Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Common Sights

I just wanted to share some pictures of common sights  around  Geneva and CERN. Not beautiful by any means but a glimpse into the everyday. 


These are in every chocolate shop and I have seen them in supermarkets as well. Anybody know if there is any significance? All of them have the Geneva Canton symbol on the front and are filled with smaller pieces of chocolate and marzipan. 

CERN Bustop Parking Lot - The flags were up this day.

CERN Bustop at Gate 2. 

Restaurant 1 - Looking Toward The Hostel Hotel We Stayed In. Notice the santa's climbing the columns.

Restaurant 1 Again - Looking back toward the kitchen of the left. At lunchtime, the place is completely packed and almost every chair is filled. It a world of knowledge in this room and supposedly - decisions get made over coffee and espresso here. 


Michael December 9, 2008 at 8:15 AM  

I love the little bread people, I want to lick the salt off their tiny little limbs, Ha.

Catherine Nelson-Pollard December 10, 2008 at 3:46 AM  

Those chocolate pots have a BIG significance. They are called a "Marmite" and they represent the pot of boiling soup which was poured over the city walls and on to the soldiers who tried to attack the city of Geneva back in 1602.
They are all part of the Escalade celebrations which will be going on this weekend when history comes to life in the city. If you've never been before it's worth it to see all the guys in costumes and a great photo opportunity for your blog Here's the wiki link to explain more.whhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Escalade
and here's the tourist office link to find out about timings etc http://www.compagniede1602.ch/

Welcome to Switzerland!! Where do you live by the way?
Ths is Catherine from

MrsTina December 11, 2008 at 6:49 AM  

Hi Catherine

Thanks for the info on the pots of "soup" and the upcomiong Escalade. Just in time too! I am looking foward to checking it out this weekend. My husband and I are living in Geneva in January when our lease starts. We are currently just on the French Side of the border neare Ferney.

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