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Geneva, Switzerland: The Place of My Dreams

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Ever since we moved overseas, we’ve spent the last 4 Thanksgivings without family. This year, with my cousin living a 1.5 hour flight away, we decided to have a second Thanksgiving with them!

Before I dig into what all we did this weekend, let me warn y’all that there may be levels of extreme jealousy. Have no fear, I ate enough for all of us!

SATURDAY

After a really nice night of sleep, Saturday was off with a bang. The day began with the biggest smorgasbord of yummy pastries and bread! Pain au chocolate, croissants, & baguettes, oh my.

And then it was time to hit the road! 1.5 hours in the car and we made it to our first destination…

First stop: Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory

cailler chocolate factory in gruyere switzerland

cailler chocolate factory in gruyere switzerland

cailler chocolate factory in gruyere switzerland

cailler chocolate factory in gruyere switzerland

We got to learn about the history of chocolate through animated rooms which were super fun. We then entered the tasting area, where we even got to taste cocoa beans!

The tasting area began with learning how chocolate was made and then we got to sample multiple pieces of candy that had been made in the factory! HEAVENLY.

I definitely left with a massive chocolate hangover, y’all.

SECOND STOP: the Palace, Cheese Fondue, and Twinkle Lights in the City

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the-littles-geneva-switzerlandThe littlest ones had quite a lot to discuss over their cheese fondue! Haha.

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HOLY YUM. I could seriously eat cheese fondue about 2 times a week and be super happy about it. My weighing scale might hate me, but hey, cheese.fondue. Know what I’m saying?! Also, how cute is this little city with all their twinkle lights?!

At the end of the night, with all the eating finally being done, we headed back home. A stop at the grocery store to get our Thanksgiving prep items together and then everyone was in bed! Lol.

SUNDAY

AKA: Thanksgiving Day. To prepare for eating day, part 2, the kiddos, my cousin, Rolando, Amir, and I went out for a stroll. With the crisp, fresh air, a view of Mont Blanc from the street, and all the friendly people we ran into, our little stroll became a 4 mile walk!

Finally, it was time to go home for lunch/dinner! Shout out to my cousin, Nadia, who woke up early to prepare such a baller feast!

mont-blanc-field-geneva-switzerlandIt’s a little hard to see with the cloud coverage, but towards the middle right of the picture, is the peak for Mont Blanc!

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There was literally NO moving after 2 days of eating, y’all. After dinner, playing, and getting all the kids in bed, we spent a few hours talking & drinking tea.

Luckily for our bellies, the insane eating parts of the weekend had finally come to a close and all that was left for the next day was a trip to the UN!

MONDAY

Geneva houses the Palais des Nations which is where the United Nations is located. Amir and I love seeing historical places like this, so we decided to sign up for a tour! It was incredible, y’all. Our extremely knowledgeable guide spoke to us about the member countries of the UN, how it operates, and hot topic issues that are currently being discussed. And, we saw a few of the major rooms including Room 19, the Human Rights room, and the Assembly Hall!

broken-chair-geneva-switzerlandThe Broken Chair which represents victims of landmines. It is located across the street from the UN building.

human-rights-room-un-geneva-switzerlandHuman Rights Room. My favorite one. The ceiling represents diversity and different point of views.

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And just like that, our 3 day spectacular in Geneva came to a close, haha! Of course, it has easily become one of my favorite places to have visited.

Will you be adding Geneva to your must-visit list?!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenn
    December 1, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    It looks like a great weekend! Geneva is one of the places on our “maybe one day we’ll live overseas” list. Switzerland in general haha. And yes to all of that chocolate and cheese!!! The way to my heart! 🙂

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    kerri @ cheshire kat
    December 2, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    holy moly what a gorg city! chocolate and fondue – stop it haha. i think this was a fantastic little weekend away. what a great way to spend thanksgiving too!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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    Laura
    December 3, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    Wow, this sounds like so much fun! And looks absolutely beautiful! All that chocolate is dream!

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    chelsea jacobs
    December 6, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    SO beautiful. Also, cheese and chocolate? I am there.

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