The News From Geneva

A month ago, Geneva (and Europe) was in the middle of a giant cold snap.  Pictures of a frozen car in Versoix, Switzerland made headlines around the world (and was featured on this blog).  Waves and spray from Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) covered the lakeside with ice.  While it isn’t exactly warm here, it is much warmer.  The owner of the storied car made headlines when he finally retrieved it this week.

The front page of the paper 20 Minutes with the headline “The frozen car leaves without coughing.”

He had to wait for the ice to melt because chipping it off damages the paint.  We still see little bits of snow here and there, but it is melting fast.  Boats are going back into the lake.  I even saw a girl sunning herself in a bikini top.  She had to have been freezing, but no one was complaining.

The title of 20 Minutes article is “My notoriety is to have poorly parked my car.”

Problems with the weather and natural disasters continue.  Sion and Zermatt experienced avalanches.  Luckily, no one was injured or killed.

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Also in the Alps, a helicopter crashed near Les Diablerets.  The two people on board survived, but were injured.  This is the second crash there in as many months.  As much fun as the mountains have been, there are daily reminders of their dangers.

In other news, Micheline Calmy-Rey, the former Swiss President, received a pie in the face after attending  the opening of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights.. Actually, it was a Black Forest Cake.  She is not pressing charges.

Also from the paper 20 Minutes

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A 66 year-old Swiss retiree gave birth to twins. She was artificially inseminated at a clinic in the Ukraine.
In Switzerland, just like just about every other country, women make less than men for doing the same work. Today is Equal Pay Day, the day women break even with men… for the work they did last year. The average woman worked all last year through to today to make the average salary that a man made from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.

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Finally in sports, Swiss superstar athletes (Roger Federer and Fabian Cancellara) continue to win.  Skiing is big.  Quel surprise.


We’ll Be Headed Back To Sion

You don’t hear a lot about Scion (or the nearby towns Sierre and Saglesh) in tourist guidebooks so it hadn’t been a priority for us.  He saw these castles from the highway and was intrigued.  

We stopped our our way home from the Matterhorn (because he saw these castles from the highway) and were pleasantly surprised.

The castles were pretty cool and had amazing views.  I know, I know, this is Switzerland and that is pretty much baseline here.  

The streets of the Sion were really what sold us.  We really enjoyed our stroll through them.  It is obviously a town that has existed for thousands of years.  If you keep your eyes peeled, you are able to notice small, intriguing bits of history throughout.

We wished that we’d had more time to spend there (we didn’t get to see a single museum there) and will definitely be headed back.  This area is Switzerland’s sunniest and gets the least rainfall.  When it is gray in Geneva, we plan on escaping to soak up its sun, enjoy its wines and explore the sights.