Assorted winter/spring pictures, including Lausanne, Lyon, and Bern.
|This skating rink was one of the few good deals in Geneva - free skating, and skate rental only 2 CHF||The bench in the background is supposed to be the longest wooden bench in the world|
|A model at the Tavel house, one of the oldest houses in Geneva and now a free museum. Geneva was surrounded by massive fortifications until the mdi 1800s.||A sledding trip - we were able to take the train up from Nyon.|
|Old weaponry at the Geneva Museum of Art and History||These fortifications were discovered when excavating for a parking garage close to the old town of Geneva||Peter discusses the fortifications||In the park next door - Parc de la Grange - after a snowstorm||After a massive wind storm during ice cold weather, this is what you got on Lake Geneva||Rescuing a swan stuck in the ice||Peter gets to go to a birthday party||Back at the Bois de la Batie park - the lake is still frozen||The confluence of the 2 rivers - one glacial, one from Lake Geneva||Sentier de Sous Terre - along the Rhone river. There's some old ruins here, interesting to the kids because of all the lizards basking in the sun there.||Old pumping station||Impressive echo under this bridge||A view from the top, including the pumping station and the Jet d'eau in the background||Another view of the merging of the Arve and Rhone||We took the train to Nyon. It was a very short train ride - only about 10 minutes||The castle of Nyon. Inside was a glass and ceramics museum (not very interesting for the kids) and an old prison (much more interesting)||We had to wait a long time before the museum actually opened||A day trip to Lausanne. Beautiful city, sunny day. Apparently this is the smallest city in the world to have a metro system.||This was a fun little manually-powered merry go round||Biking down the Rhone||Most of the grafitti is just tagging, but these aren't as bad||Biking along Lake Geneva, Jet d'eau in the background||We rented a car and took a trip to the picturesque village of Yvoire. The kids enjoyed skipping rocks into the water most of all||A very long stone bench||Anouk, on Corinna's shoulders, is a friend of Peter's from school||The neighborhood of Eaux Vives held a traditional celebration, burning the embodiment of winter||Biking along the Rhone AGAIN...I think we did this trip 3 times||A weekend trip to Lyon, in France. It was rainy on Saturday, but nice on Sunday. There was some kind of medieval festival going on.||They were demonstating medieval punishments in the street||To escape the rain, we went to a museum of miniatures and film (yes, combined)||This is actually a miniature diorama||... and this as well||My dad would have enjoyed this miniature lathe||At the Roman ruins in Lyon||Some kind of aquaduct?||Great view of Lyon from the Basilica of Notre Dam||They actually have Communist political candiates here||Kenny arranged a gymastic routine||A stroll around the Saleve. This is a jumping off point for paragliding.||The kids took toys with and occupied themselves with them when we took a break||There was an amazing ball-drop contraption at a Buddhist monastary at the top of the Saleve. This is the maker's website.||Parc de la Grange (next to our apartment) on a sunny day.||Bern - we spent the weekend in this beautiful little city. Here's Kenny on our way to our hotel||The hotel was fine, except for the beds which were rock hard||Open grates next to the fountains||A well-protected collection box at the cathedral||Views from the top of the cathedral||These metal devices were designed for the fire-spotter to hang flags from, that would indicate in which direction a fire was located.||The little park behind the cathedral had a branch of the city library there, which also loaned out toys!||This pogo stick was pretty frustrating for Kenny||The bears of Bern||Fountains everywhere!||These benches look quite tippy||We took the funincular train up to Gurten, a beautiful garden/park/playground area||Then we walked to the ruins of an old medieval tower nearby - Aegerten. Only a few of the stones were left, but you could see the moat, and Kenny found an unexpected geocache there!|