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Fragments of Genève

Genève is a peculiar place.
Actually it should be considered a rather small town, since it has less than 200.000 inhabitants,
but it has all the features of a big, cosmopolitan city, flaws and qualities included.
I have mixed feelings about Genève, I love it,
but often it annoys me or makes me nervous.
For reasons I cannot understand I have always been totally unable to take photos of Genève,
even though I get there very often and I know it quite well.

Genève has a long and complicated history,
which during many centuries has made it become what it is nowadays.

I won’t bore you with a list of historical events.
I just want to remember that two people, I have great admiration for,
have walked in different ages along the cobbled paved narrow streets of the old town.

The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who was born in Genève
and the Argentinean writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges, who decided to spend in this town his last years.
Borges once said that Genève is a good place to die, because it’s comfortable and serene.
But he was already blind and he could see Genève with the eyes of his juvenile memories only.

I have tried to take here some a little unusual images of Genève,
its lights and shadows, a few secret corners...
There are already on sale in every kiosk excellent postcards to show famous monuments,
adding a few other averege ones was not my purpose.

The old town... Through the gate... Ready for lunchtime... Going straight on...
Going left... Vodkafe à la Grand-Rue The Lion's fountain An ancient door
 La Maison Tavel Salle de Societé Rue Henri-Fazy The old man with his cat
Secret alley... The sunny side of the street... A pinch of Calvinist mystery… Down to the arcades...
La vieille ville in the morning... Necessary and expected cliché... Grand Hotels.... La Clémence
Strolling over the old town... Key shop The Old Town Rue de la tour de Boël
Taverne de la Madeleine The  Mouettes Jean-Jacques  on his small island.... The Russian Church
The river Rhône leaves the lake.... Crossroads chat....