Geneva – Mont Salève, Cable Car (Téléphérique) station

After finishing our meal at the Café de l’Observatoire the kids wanted to go to a playground, which as it turned out was co-incidentally right next to a small kiosk, which sold ice cream – I guess they’d been there before. So we descended to the Cable Car (Téléphérique) station a bit lower down on the Salève.

There’s another restaurant (Le Panoramique) here with particularly impressive views of Geneva and it’s lake.

Above – looking down towards the municipality of Veyrier in Switzerland. If you know where to look you can see our older granddaughter’s school.

View of Geneva with the lake stretching out to the right, the City of Geneva to the left, and the Jura mountains in the background.

Geneva – Mont Salève, The view from the other side

So far the views from the Salève, have always been looking looking vaguely West i.e. across Geneva and surrounding France. This one is taken looking East towards the French Alps. Since I lived in this area for eight years, I’ve been to the Alps many times and had hoped to go again this year. Unfortunately, things got busy and we didn’t find the time to go. So this was the closest I got.

In the last post I mentioned that there was a great view from the Café de l’Observatoire. This is it.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3

Geneva – Mont Salève, A restaurant on top of the world.

In an earlier post (See: Geneva – Mont Salève, Views from on top) you may have noticed that the signpost is labeled “Panorama de l’Observatoire” (Observatory Panorama). I found this odd because there isn’t actually an observatory – just a microwave tower. Oh, and this restaurant called the “Café de l’Observatoire“. Maybe the surrounding area is named after this café?

We had a very nice (and filling) lunch here, in somewhat unassuming but pleasant surroundings. There’s a great view from the terrace, but unfortunately all the tables were taken so we had to eat inside. As I recall I had diots, a sausage from the French region of Savoy (La Savoie) which comes in several varieties. Wikipedia describes them as:

Some diots are eaten cooked, (grilled, boiled or in the traditional manner, with white wine) while some are dried. They may be eaten both cold and hot. When eaten hot they are usually served with boiled potatoes or polenta. When eaten cold they are generally covered with spicy mustard (preferably from Dijon), or they are placed in sandwiches or salads.

I love a good sausage.

And yes, I know the sign in the picture looks blurred, but actually it isn’t. It’s just the way it’s built.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3

Geneva – Mont Salève, An international traveller

I’m not referring to my wife (who’s been an international traveller for a good number of years), but instead to our dog Harley seen here (with my wife) on top of Mont Salève. He’s now on his third country: the US (his birth place, or at least I assume it is. He was found as a stray and we adopted him. For all I know he might actually have been born in Uzbekistan); Switzerland; and now France.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3.