Travel to Geneva, Switzerland

Like the swans that rollick on its Alpine lake, Geneva is indeed a rare bird. Consistently viewed as the capital of Switzerland (it isn’t), the second-largest city in Switzerland is cosmopolitan and slick, and its inhabitants chatter in virtually all languages among gold paved streets. Some friends of mine who run a company in Canada that does garage floor coating absolutely raved about their vacation to Geneva so I decided to check it out on my own. Here are the top must-see attractions in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jet d’Eau
This lakeside fountain is the first impressive glimpse of Geneva visitors will see when landing by plane. The 140-meter tall structure pumps water with unbelievable force to create a sky-high plume. At every instance, about seven tones of water are usually in the air, much of which sprays onlookers on the beneath pier. 2 or 3 times every year, it’s illuminated blue, pink, or another color to mark a charitable occasion.

Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques
The premier botanical park in Geneva boasts more than 12,000 plant species from across the globe, precisely arranged in a wide variety of elegant themed gardens. Highlights here include a breathtaking rose collection and the Animal Park sheltering ancient indigenous species. The park is also home to some endangered animals and everyday sheep, goats, and chickens as well as more exotic deer, flamingos, and peacocks.

Vieille Ville
Wandering around the beautiful Old Town in Geneva is a must. The Grand-Rue, its main street houses the Maison de Rousseau, where Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an 18th-century philosopher was born. Close by, the part-Gothic, part-Romanesque Cathedrale St.Pierre is where John Calvin preached for many years. The Site Archeologique is beneath the cathedral; this interactive space safeguards a 5th-century baptismal font and fine 4th-century mosaics.

Cathedral St.Pierre
This cathedral is majorly Gothic with an eighteenth-century neoclassical façade. Protestant John Calvin preached in this cathedral between 1536 and 1564. There are 96 steps inside the cathedral spiraling up the northern tower, providing a spectacular glimpse at the architectural construction of the cathedral. From here, about 60 steps spiral to the southern tower, showing panoramic city vistas and close-up views of the cathedral’s bells. The Site Archeologique in the basement features an eerie tomb and 4th-century floor mosaics.

Quai du Mont-Blanc
Outdoor art exhibitions, statues, flowers and scenic views of Mont-Blanc abound on this charming northern lakeshore front, which starts from the Bains des Paquis to Parc de la Perle, a park where Romans constructed built elaborate thermal baths. The peacock-dotted Parc de l’Ariana lawns are further north and it ensnares the UN and the amazing Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques of Geneva.

Palais des Nations
Since 1966, the Palais des Nations has been home to the UN and was constructed between 1929 and 1936. Visits to this building are only by guided tour and include a 1-hour tour and entry to the 46-hectare park surrounding it, amply peppered with peacocks and century-old trees.

Anchorage, Alaska Travel Guide

Alaska is bordered by the icy waters of the Arctic oceans and North Pacific. Anchorage is an Alaska city that lies in the south and it is home to about 40% of Alaskans. This is the land of epic horizons, immense riches, and endless beauty. Alaska is the United States largest state, and it was in 1867 purchased from the Russians at about 2 cents an acre. This makes Alaska one of the greatest bargains in history.

At the height of the summer, Anchorage enjoys up to 22 hours of sunlight. Anchorage is a gateway to the wilderness, so it is an inviting and warm base where you can rest and re-energize between outdoor adventures. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy this as this city is nestled close to the immense Chugach state park. Here are the top must see attractions in Anchorage, Alaska.

Flat Top Mountain
Take the half-hour drive to the Flat Top Mountain and remember to bring along your hiking boots. The turns in the trails of the mountain offer scenic views of the state.

Eklutna Lake
The Eklutna Lake is a glacially fed basin framed by backcountry trails and snow-capped peaks. Climb into a kayak, dip your paddle into the water, and venture to the shores far off.

This is a resort town south of this city. Avid snowboarders and skiers flock here in the winter for the best of the state’s power. When the snows melt and greenery starts to manifest, hikers will enjoy the hillsides of the valley too.

Crow Creek Mine
The Crow Creek Mine is a working relic of the gold rush in Alaska. It has been operational since 1896 and many locals believe there are still some nuggets waiting to be discovered here.

Alaska Native Heritage Centre
Share in the riches of the first people of Alaska at this place. Learn traditional games and dances while admiring the expert craftsmanship of their unique clothing, tools, buildings, and art. The Anchorage Museum carries a bit of everything and celebrates Alaska’s many voices.

Kenai Peninsula
In the Kenai Peninsula, there is a fishing outpost at Seward where you will be treated to the clang of rigging and icy ocean breezes. You can hang out at the desk to watch as the fishermen and women unload their catch.

Kenai Fjords National Park
Set sail to this park to meet some locals and admire the stunning surroundings. Marvel as the sea creatures breach the still waters and witness as the glaciers crumble and creek into the sea.

Godwin Glacier
Godwin Glacier is a colossal river of ice that was formed from many years of mountain snow compactness. It is believed that the glaciers here are snakelike and have been winding through the mountains from the beginning of time.