To Geneva via France and back again

Now I know Norwich is hardly an overcrowded, bubbling metropolis, but sometimes it’s great to escape the traffic and get out into the countryside. So when my friend Andrew, the chap I traveled round India and Nepal with, asked if I could help him move some stuff to his farm house in the south of France, I jumped at the opportunity.

This being me things weren’t quite that simple; we also had to drop stuff off at his rented flat in Geneva, in preparation for his family moving over there in a week’s time. So with most his possessions loaded into an enormous transit van we set off, indirectly, for the Swiss Alps.

The area around the Massif Central in France is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to (not that I’ve been to that many places mind) and Andrew’s place is certainly no exception. We spent a very enjoyable couple of days here living the rural dream, buying veg from the local market, drinking copious amounts of the local vino and nearly getting the van stuck in a muddy field.

Geneva is quite spectacular, sat on the edge of the biggest lake in Europe (look at that view above!) and with the traditional Swiss ‘if it’s stationary, clean it’ approach to sanitation, it’s well worth a visit. It’s also the diplomatic centre of the world and home to a large number of world changing organisation’s, Red Cross, UNICEF and probably some others too.

I even got a tour of the UN’s buildings, pretty cool to be in the place where so many heads of state meet and (fail to) make important decisions.We rounded the tour off a walk up to Geneva’s old quarter, and in case you’re wondering there will be photos on my Flickr later.

All in all, a great trip, cheers Andrew!

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