007 Travel story: Geneva (SWITZERLAND) 2014, day 1/2

007 Travel story: Geneva (SWITZERLAND) 2014, day 1/2

September 18, 2014 0 By 007 Travelers

Pirita´s, Mika’s and 7 -year-old daughter’s own family trip for three 13 – 22 July 2014.

Airline: Finnair
Flights: Helsinki-Geneva-Helsinki
Price: 576,00 € / 3 persons (two adults, one child)
Flight time: 3h 5min

Since this is again one of our 007 trips, Pirita got her nails done with 007 style:

Pirita´s nails by Sara Pylkkänen @ Susanna´s Nail Salon, Järvenpää, Finland

After landing in Geneva, we went to baggage collection area, which is in Arrival level. We got free Unireso tickets which allowed us to travel for free for 80 minutes.

Mika and Unireso ticket machine

Then we moved towards Geneva center by train: Genève-Cornavin, gare CFF.

Duration 6-8 minutes. Trains every 12 minutes. Our hotel was only 3 minutes´ walk from the train station.

Hotel: Hotel International & Terminus (reserved via booking.com)
Stars: 3 ***
Address: Rue des Alpes, 20
Price: 152,00 € / 1 night + City tax approx. 10 EUR / 3 persons, breakfast included
Wi-Fi: Free
Attention: Payment will be charged via credit card 30 days after reservation
Check in: 15.00 – 00.00
Check out: 07.00 – 12.00
Room type: Triple room

Our room

Located about 80 meters from the main railway station in Geneva

  • The Hotel is 5 minutes far from the airport by train (direct connection)
  • Trade fairs and other important sites of the city are easily accessible from the hotel through the main bus routes
  • You can reach Lake in just a 5-minute walk
  • You can reach downtown Geneva and the old town in a 15-minute walk and international organizations including the United Nations, in 10-12 minutes by bus.

The hotel gave us our free tickets to travel around Geneva.
The tickets are valid during the time spent in the hotel.

After check-in we went to have a lunch.

We found a lovely restaurant near by:
Au Petit Chalet (Address: Rue de Berne, 17)

We had Pasta Carbonara and pizza and had Orangina lemonade and Henniez water.

After lunch it was time to see some 007 book locations and other 007 related places.

We found Richemond hotel at Rue Adhemar-Fabri, 8. This hotel is mentioned in John Gardner‘s 007 book “Role of Honour(1984).

”Below them, the lakeside of Geneva slid into view. The airship slowed, tilted forward and turned gently.

– ‘No playing around, Nick,’ Rahani called in warning. ‘Just do what you normally do. Then take her straight over Le Richemond.’ 

– ‘I’m doing what I normally do. I’m doing it by the book,’ the pilot said laconically. ‘That’s what you wanted and that is just what you’re getting.’

– ‘And what,’ Bond called back, ‘are we really doing, anyway? What is the caper that’s going to change history?'”

John Gardner: “Role of Honour”

We also found Hotel de la Paix at 11 Quai Mont Blanc, the hotel can be seen in TV series “The Persuaders” starring Roger Moorein the episode “The Ozerov Inheritance”

Later we visited Pont du Mont Blanc (Mont Blanc bridge), which is mentioned in the Ian Fleming‘s book “Goldfinger(1959).

Mont Blanc bridge

We knew that former 007 restaurant Bavaria, mentioned in 007 book “Goldfinger” had changed its name. It is now known as Le Relais de I´Entrecote. The name was not only thing changed. We found its former location at 49, Rue de Rhone. The restaurant had moved to address 6, Rue Pierre Fatio in April 2014. This location at 49, Rue de Rhone, however, was its original location.

Bavaria / Le Relais de I´Entrecote @ 49, Rue de Rhone

“Bond motored across the beautiful Pont du Mont Blanc and along the brightly lit quai to the Bavaria, a modest Alsatian brasserie that had been the rendezvous of the great in the days of the League of Nations. He sat by the window and drank Enzian washed down with pale Löwenbrau. He thought first about Goldfinger. There was now no doubt what he was up to.”

Ian Fleming: “Goldfinger

Soon we found Quai Wilson, there is this office house, which is mentioned in the same 007 book.

“Behind the desk there was a reproduction of the Annigoni portrait of the Queen. On the other walls were advertisements for Ferguson tractors and other agricultural machinery. From outside the wide window came the hum of traffic along the Quai Wilson. A steamer hooted. Bond glanced out of the window and watched it ride across the middle distance.”

Ian Fleming: “Goldfinger

It was a really hot day and it was to time to have an ice cream. Le Molino Lacustre had wonderful ice creams (15 CHF each)

With city tickets given by our hotel, we traveled with a little city boat around the Lake Geneva.

Our next stop was Quai Gustave Ador, where Bond had two rooms above an old candy shop in John Pearson‘s 007 book “James Bond, The Authorized Biography of 007” (1973).

Did Bond live here?

“But there was something else about Geneva that appealed to him, and he
agreed with Ian Fleming on the subject. For both of them it had, what Fleming called, a ‘Simenon-like quality – the quality that makes a thriller-writer want to take a tin-opener and find out what goes on behind the façade, behind the great families who keep the banner of Calvin flying behind the lace curtains in their fortresses in the Rue des Granges, the secrets behind the bronze grilles of the great Swiss banking corporations, the hidden turmoil behind the beautiful bland face of the country’.

This then was Switzerland for Bond, and he was fascinated by it. He had two rooms with a respectable Swiss lady over a sweet-shop off the Quai Gustave Ador.”

“He enjoyed the rackety routine of life with old Frau Nisberg; he enjoyed the silence of his room with its views across the lake; he enjoyed Frau Nisberg’s cooking.”

John Pearson: “James Bond, The Authorized Biography of 007″

Later we walked along Rue des Vollandes. We wondered whether there could have been one part of Geneva University once, where Bond had studied…

In real life Ian Fleming also studied short time in Geneva and while in Geneva, Fleming began a romance with Monique Panchaud de Bottomes and the couple were briefly engaged in 1931. James Bond’s mother was Swiss born Monique Delacroix, so it is easy to guess from where Fleming got the inspiration for the name…

We wondered whether this could have been one part of Geneva University once, where Bond had studied…

“As a compromise I was finally packed off to my father’s old school, Fettes. I
rather liked it after Eton, stayed there until sixteen, then got fed up with it. Decided it was time to move on. Got to Geneva University. And that was where the trouble really started.’”

John Pearson: “James Bond, The Authorized Biography of 007″

After that it was time to see Parc La Grange, which was beautiful.

We also visited children’s playground nearby.

Parc La Grange

“The Parc La Grange, Geneva, has a surface of 200,000 m2, hosts very old and tall trees, Geneva’s biggest rose garden, orangeries and an 18th-century villa. Also two theaters, a playground as well as a paddling pool for the children are found there. It is situated at the Quai Gustave-Ador in Geneva”. (Wikipedia)

We had dinner in Pasta Prima restaurant.

Pasta Prima restaurant @ Rue du Mont-Blanc, 24

After dinner it was time to go to our hotel to get some rest.

Geneva part 2/2 will follow in the end of our Switzerland tour. Next stop, however, Bern!

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