Monday, August 13, 2012

The Saleve and the Fete!

This weekend we decided to take a little day trip to the Saleve.  The Saleve is part of the Alps and is sometimes known as the pre-Alps. We stare at this mountain everyday and it never donned on us to take a little trip to the top until recently. We decided Saturday would be the perfect day to go and see the great view of Geneva that it offers.

We feel blessed to get to stare at this great view every day! Even while watching the olympics!!

One of my favorite pictures of the Saleve..taken back in the winter with the clouds settling around it.

 It overlooks downtown Geneva.

The Saleve is actually located in France. It only took 2 buses to get there and about a 10 or 15 minute walk over the boarder to get to the gondola lift. Saturday also marked the end of the Fete de Geneve.  In celebration, they had planes flying over Geneva. We caught a glimpse while waiting for the buses.

Cable car going to the top

The view from the top!

We saw plenty of paragliders. There were also plenty of people hiking, climbing, and mountain bike riding. 

 We did a little hiking ourselves.
The view from the other side.

 They used to use donkeys to get to the top. Now they do donkey rides for children.

 You can see how many people were paragliding.

 After the Saleve, we headed back to downtown Geneva to catch the fireworks show. We were quite skeptical because apparently it's supposed to be one of the best firework shows in the world (and typically things don't live up to their expectations). It wouldn't surprise me if it was one of the most expensive. We were told that it was around 600,000 CHF to put it on.  Honestly, we wondered what in the world someone could do with fireworks that we haven't already seen but I have to say that it was really impressive. It lasted over an hour and the theme was the 4 seasons. Spring was my favorite. The music they put with it was fantastic and the fireworks were choreographed to the songs.  People waited in line for hours and payed 70 CHF for seats with backs to them and then they also had a section of the Mont Blanc bridge blocked off that cost 50 CHF a ticket.  We decided to stand instead. Downtown was packed with people and we heard there were around 500,000 people there!!

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