If there’s one landmark that defines Geneva, it’s probably the Jet d’Eau, the majestic spout of water that shoots out every day over Lake Geneva. On my first few days in the city, I kept arriving to the lake area just as the sun was setting, meaning that because Jet d’Eau is only turned on until about 4pm, I continually missed it. After realizing my mistake, I decided one day to take my customary walk a bit earlier, determined to catch a glimpse of this distinctive sight.
As it turned out, I couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to visit. As I crossed the Pont du Mont-Blanc, heading toward the fountain, the light was hitting the spray of water just right, creating a rainbow amongst the mist. For a first viewing of the fountain, the effect couldn’t have been more perfect. I spent a long time wandering around the area by the Jet, which, with its rows of boats and abundance of swans, was really lovely in the early evening light.
The streets nearby the Jet are quite nice too, with the trademark rows of scraggly trees and elegant building facades that have come to define Geneva for me. And as always seems to happen when I wander around the area nearby the lake, I couldn’t help but think – yet again – what a nice place this is to be.