Saturday, 30 March 2013

Travelling to Geneva - Day 1 on 24/2

My first trip to Geneva. Drove our car to the Trent Valley and leave our car at the garage for a change of cam belt and back on Thursday to pick the car from there.

I didn't booked the train tickets in advance and it was more expensive to buy the tickets at the station. Tickets to and fro to Birmingham International cost 25.40 gbp for 2 persons at the internet. We bought the tickets for 2 persons one way cost 16.00 gbp.

Reached the New Street station and went to the Chinatown for a meal and then took the train to Birmingham International. Arrived at the departure area and it was easy we can just check in without any problem as Easyjet don't have any problem with overseas passport.

Reached Geneva Airport at 6.30 p.m. and took an hour to pick the rental car. Wow! amazingly we were given a new Audi A3 model car as we paid for a cheaper model which cost us 170.00 gbp for 5 days and that included extra insurance coverage.

We booked the hotel room at Passy, France. It took us one and half hours drive to reach the hotel. The hotel is almost near to the mountains where the Passy plateau just a few miles away from the hotel. The scenic view to the hotel is amazing beautiful and the mountains right in front of the hotel. Checked into our room and there is a balcony  where we can view the valley and the mountains.

The 2 stars Hotel le Tourisme is clean and need a door code to access the entrance of the hotel. The snakelike roads leading to the hotel are so cool. The charges for the room 3 night at 102.50 gbp. The extras charges  such as wifi, city tax and breakfast are not included. The room is big and clean as we  arrived here after 19.00  so we need to contact the owner for them to wait for us. We were given an entrance code to key in if we are back later than 9.00 p.m.

The beauty of the French Alps are amazing and can't wait to explore it the next day. Our dinner tonight will be char Sui Paw (roast pork bun) and Chinese donut which bought from the Chinatown. It is snowing at the moment and can't stop myself peeking through the window to look at the grand view of Passy. Tonight will rest early and start my trekking into the Passy plateau in the early morning.  Hotel le Tourisme is a bit out of the way even with the local bus it is best to drive if not, this  hotel is not recommended.

Place: Passy, France
Date: 24/2.2013
Scored: 9 Stars
Photo By: Catherine Suen and Robert Suen.

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