Flat Stanley on the banks of Lake Geneva — December 11, 2011

One of the most amazing things about living in Geneva is the magnificent Lac Léman; the crescent shape lake that divides Switzerland and France. One of the largest lakes in Europe – it spans all the way from Montreux at its North East corner and empties into the Rhone through Geneva at its South West corner – and it is just a joy to walk along its banks.

These photos of Flat Stanlette were taking on the Rive Droite, or the right side of the Lake. There is a long stretch of beach front and park land that borders the Lake here, with many international organizations located just a few hundred meters away from the Lake towards the city’s main streets. One can stroll along the Lake front all the way to Downtown Geneva, the location at which the Lake finds its outlet into the Rhone River. The Rhone runs from here all the way down to the Mediterranean Sea.

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As we walked in the direction of the Downtown region, Flat Stanlette wanted to pose in front of one of the most stunning and recognizable sites of Geneva, the Jet d’Eau (French for water fountain). Over 1oo years old, the fountain operates almost every day, producing 500 liters of water per second, rising to a height of 140 meters (459 feet) at a speed of 200 km/h. At any given moment, the fountain has released about 7,000 liters (1849 gallons) of water in the air.

The mountain that can be seen in the distance behind the Jet d’Eau is named the Salève, and is actually in the Haute-Savoie Department of France, but its steep slope and exposed layers of limestone that overlook the city of Geneva make it another of the region’s most recognizable sites.