Geneva, Switzerland

The Vasilik Family moves to Geneva. The first three weeks.

Peter posing with our checked luggage in Seattle.The 747 which will take us to Heathrow where we will catch a plane to Geneva.


Eating lunch (dinner? time is all screwed up for us at this point) at Heathrow. Our gate is not announced until about 45 minutes before departure!


After a "night" of "sleep" we walk around the area our temporary apartment is located.The swans of Lake Geneva.


The Jet d'Eau.


More swansA really neat "playground" on the lake which features climbing apparatus made out of old bicycle tires.






Kenny looses a tooth. Is there a tooth fairy that deals in the Swiss Franc? I think so ...


Checking out public transport. The tram is a quick way to get around.Sylvia is surprised to find a lot of graffiti around the city. I guess this defines it as an urban center!


Checking out the local Ikea where we bought lamps for the kids to read in bed.Can't leave Ikea without getting hot dogs!


On the second weekend, we went to Le Salève, a small mountain in France, just outside the Geneva border. You can see the gondola in the upper right of this picture.We went with Paige, a work colleague from Expedia.


A meadow near the top.As the afternoon wore on, the clouds started to clear.


On the bus going back home.Visiting the Natural History Museum near the apartment. Great selection of stuffed animals.






What 'Lucy' may have looked like.In a shoe store near Sylvia's office. There is a slide down to the children's area.


Kenny's birthday! He's turned 8!A lego AT AT Walker from Grandma and Grandpa.


A friendly cat we found walking around town.Watches are big here.


A cool type of Merry-Go-Round at a park near the old town.Another unique piece of playground equipment.


Evidently this is the longest wooden park bench.We found an Occupy <Something> gathering in the main park during their Kumbaya moment.


A park near the Occupy gathering.


We were approached by a couple of college students wanting to interview us on how we felt about the concept of utilizing children's parks for alternative energy. Sylvia gave her opinion. I don't think it was what they were expecting.


Unusual playground structure. This spun around. Ripe for injury. Eric is inspecting a bus map in the background.Eric found a women's wallet in the trash which had obviously been thrown away after a mugger/pickpocket stole it and extracted anything of value from it. We were instructed to go to the local police station, but it was closed when we go there. "Banker's hours" seem to apply to most endeavors here.


The local tourist church.




Some dead guy.


An old door.Did Calvin sit here?


The next weekend we went to the local botanical garden.Kenny needs to work on his Swiss drinking fountain technique.


A Merry-go-Round at the gardens.The playground at the gardens.




A horny deer at the gardens?


A carniverous plant exhibit.


We met a very friendly family there. These are their kids with Kenny and Peter.We tried to get a look at the United Nations next to the gardens, but they were closed


Unicef is nearby as well.Taking the water taxi accross the lake.


A view of the Jet from the taxi.