Geneva, part 4….Ginebra, parte 4

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Geneva is not especially known for its modern architecture. Most new arrivals in the city head for the old town on the hill and its medieval and Renaissance buildings when they want to see Geneva’s attractions. http://livingingeneva.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/modern-architecture-in-geneva/

With 40% of its population foreign-born and 185 different nationalities represented, Geneva is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Do not be deceived by the appearance of great financial center. Behind the headquarters of multinational banks and their Calvinist heritage diluted progressively allowing new cultures begin to flow, sometimes conflicting that create a more tolerant community. In this new babel watches can make the same time but the rhythms and beats are very different. Few European cities have such a spectacular setting as Geneva, located among hills at the western end of Lake Leman, where just reverts to the Rhone river. It is the capital of the smallest canton of Switzerland and one of the last to join the confederation, maintaining throughout its history a huge addiction for independence. It is a city full of surprises and paradoxes. Located a few kilometers from France, French is spoken but their cultural roots betray a strange mixture, where Germanic traditions coexist with a strong Italian spirit. A few kilometers from the center rises the largest field of vineyards in Switzerland. Calvin’s legacy continues in the austere mansions, around the cathedral old town but also survives and illustrated by Jean Jacques Rousseau utopian in its many museums in the neighborhood civilizadisimo spirit occupies the side of the Rhone, but also among the many headquarters of international organizations like the Red Cross or the United Nations. Also left their mark Borges after enjoying for many years of their discreet charms, remains buried before Pope Reformation. Behind the elegant facades of the new middle a surreal universe where coexist spherical churches, haunted watches, Roman villas pitusos hides.

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Con un 40% de su población de origen extranjero y 185 nacionalidades diferentes representadas, Ginebra es una de las ciudades más cosmopolitas del mundo. No hay que dejarse enganar por su apariencia de gran centro financiero. Detrás de los bancos y sedes de multinacionales su herencia calvinista se diluye permitiendo que de forma progresiva comiencen a fluir nuevas culturas, a veces contrapuestas que van creando una comunidad mucho más tolerante. En esta nueva babel los relojes pueden marcar la misma hora pero los ritmos y latidos son muy distintos. Pocas capitales europeas tienen un emplazamiento tan espectacular como Ginebra , situada entre colinas , en el extremo occidental del lago Leman, justo en el lugar donde vuelve a convertirse en el rio Rodano. Es la capital del canton mas pequeño de Suiza y uno de los ultimos en integrarse en la confederacion, manteniendo durante toda su historia un enorme apego por su independencia. Es una ciudad llena de sorpresas y paradojas. Se encuentra a escasos kilometros de Francia, se habla frances pero sus raices culturales delatan una extrano mestizaje, donde tradiciones germanicas , conviven con un marcado espiritu italiano. A muy pocos kilometros del centro surge el mayor campo de vinedos de toda Suiza. La herencia de Calvino sigue vigente en los austeros caserones del barrio antiguo, alrededor de la catedral pero tambien pervive el espiritu ilustrado y utopico de Jean Jacques Rousseau en sus multiples museos, en el civilizadisimo barrio ocupa en las cercanias del Rodano pero tambien entre las numerosas sedes de organismos internacionales como la Cruz Roja o las Naciones Unidas. Tambien dejo su huella Borges que despues de disfrutar durante muchos anos de sus discretos encantos ,permanece enterrado frente al papa de los Reformadores. Detrás de las elegantes fachadas del nuevo centro se esconde un universo surreal donde conviven iglesias esfericas, relojes embrujados, villas romanas y casas de pitusos.

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