France – Attractions of lake Geneva
Nature has generously endowed Switzerland, and not surprisingly the fact that the residents of this West-European countries differ extremely peaceful by nature and complaisance. After all, when you live among such beauty, something special begin to feel the value and meaning of human life. Not in vain in the vicinity of the most famous in Europe, of lake Geneva, they found peace of mind and were inspired by many artists of international renown.
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Here in different times were removed from the Madding crowd writers Vladimir Nabokov and Graham Greene, the stars of the big screen Charlie Chaplin and Audrey Hepburn, rock singer Freddie mercury and the musicians from the band Deep Purple. Indeed, in the azure waters of this, the second largest freshwater lake in Europe, which reflects capped with snow peaks Alpine peaks, it is impossible not to fall in love. Located on the very border between France and Switzerland, a large portion of the lake of Geneva belongs to the latter. It has a Crescent shape, stretching from West to East more than 70 kilometers and is divided into small and large lake. The Northern part of the lake . owned by the Swiss, famous for the extraordinary abundance of luxurious resorts that collectively make up the concept of “the Swiss Riviera” . There is also a huge number of residences of various international political, economic and social organizations.
Interesting fact, but most locals call the lake Geneva, and Geneva. It is believed that the topology of this word originates from the period of Roman rule in these places. Lacus Lemannus – this is how the Romans called it is a large freshwater lake. After a while, after the strengthening of the Swiss statehood, the lake became known as Lac de Geneve, is Geneva. However, in the mid-eighteenth century again decided to return to the historical name of Lac Leman . which has taken root and is now the most used.
Cities in the surroundings of lake Geneva
It is not surprising that the natural beauty of lake Geneva resulted in the construction along its coast of a large number of resort towns and villages. Let’s consider the most significant ones.
The largest city on the coast and the second largest in Switzerland, which gave its name to the lake. However, the Swiss jokingly call Geneva ’s foreign city”, since most of its residents are not citizens of the Confederation. According to experts, Geneva today is the most beautiful and ecologically cleanest city of the planet. Its main landmark and unofficial symbol of the city is a famous fountain . the largest in Europe, which has celebrated over 120 years.
Powerful hydraulic installation throws with one second to approximately five hundred gallons of water, which vzmetayutsya up more than 150 meters. Tourists from around the world enjoy this magnificent sight that looks most effectively, if you look at it from the bridge of Mont Blanc. The fountain doesn’t stop working even for a second, just in abnormally cold days to temporarily disable it.
No less famous in the world and the Geneva flower clock . lined with colorful living plants. Chronometer shows exact time and the length of its second hand reaches two and a half meters.