Wednesday, August 13, 2014

life lately // scenes from the weekend.

{a time of exciting WHO press conferences}

{finally found an art store! and my favorite cute cafe! and sauce that is american.}

{a morning walk through carouge}

{la vieille ville // old town, geneva} 

{view from the top of cathedrale saint-pierre}

{the last of swiss national....month... celebrations}

this weekend, i tried to cross a few things off my geneva bucket list.  the thing i was most excited to do was walk to carouge saturday morning for their farmer's market.  located across the arve river a bit to the south of where i live, carouge is described by tourist websites as "the greenwich village of geneva." which, in hindsight, is kind of hilarious.  not that i was expecting a replica, but i walked across carouge in 5.5 seconds, found no parallels between the two areas, and only felt a sharp pang of longing for the tree-lined streets of lower manhattan. to each his own, i guess. 

a more enjoyable experience was exploring the "old town," a tiny, elevated neighborhood situated in the center of geneva characterized by cobblestone streets and cosy little plazas.  we visited the cathedral saint pierre and climbed (and accidentally didn't pay for... whoops) to the top for a great view of the city.  the church was the adopted church of john calvin, a leader of the protestant reformation.  although i usually feel like all churches look the same (that's close-minded, amy!!!), it was kind of cool to visit a place that we've studied in history class every year for all of time.  lastly, we meandered over to the "espace rousseau," the building where john-jacques rousseau, the writer, musician, and enlightenment philosopher, was born. 

it's starting to feel like I've been in europe for forever, but i am so ecstatic for the next few weekends of traveling!  a bientot!

and a tribute to one of my favorite comedians and actors: 

"no matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."

"you're only given one little spark of madness. you mustn't lose it."

"you know what music is? god's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe.  a harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars."  

"we do not read and write poetry because it's cute.  we read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. and the human race is filled with passion, and medicine, law, business, engineering. these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life.  but poetry, beauty, romance,  love, these are what we stay alive for." 

"so avoid using the word 'very,' because it's lazy.  a man is not very tired, he is exhausted. don't use very sad, use morose. language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do." 

- robin williams

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