Friday, January 10, 2014

That time I accidentally went to France...

Accidentally in France at the bus stop
On Friday, I took the city bus and ended up staying on longer than my stop, thinking that by the time I wait at the stop for the bus to turn around, the bus that would come would be the same one that I am on, so best to just stay on riding the bus around.  Turns out, if you stay on the F Bus, you'll end up going through a French-Swiss border crossing and wind up in Ferney-Voltaire, France.  Technically, you have to buy an additional pass if you are moving outside the regular Geneva metro area, so I stayed on the bus to avoid paying the additional fee for an accidental trip.
Ferney-Voltaire is named in part after Voltaire who lived there for the last 20 years of his life, constructing his home between 1758 and 1766.  The house is now a museum, which would be worth an intentional visit sometime.  Apparently Voltaire did a lot for the town, including building a school, houses, and providing the town interest-free loans in times of need.  The town was originally called Ferney, but was renamed in Voltaire's honor after the French Revolution.  If I go intentionally on a Saturday, apparently there is a pretty decent market in the town.  


Anonymous said...

so how long was the accidental bus trip? building looks great! JO

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