Travel at Home: Eaux-Vives Architecture

Architecture, Eaux-Vives, Geneva

“I truly believe that travelling is a mindset, more about the way you explore, interact with and see the environment you’re in and less about being away from home. If you’re curious about the place you’re in, learning new things and looking at everything with fresh eyes then you’re travelling. Sure being in a foreign country may make it a bit more exciting, but it’s not a requirement.”

When visiting London for a weekend break earlier this year I found myself thinking the same thing over and over – “This place is incredible and I used to live here. I hardly explored at all, what was I doing?!”. I then made a vow to myself that I would get out and explore my home town of Geneva in Switzerland, determined not to make the same mistake twice.

With this in mind I recently set out armed with curiosity and a camera to discover my local neighbourhood in Geneva, Eaux-Vives. I was really surprised by the variety of architecture on offer, and loved the different colours splashed around in every direction. Here’s a small selection of what I found!

You can read more about my ‘Travel at Home’ philosophy in my most recent post on Bucket List Publications.

Have you explored your home town? Did you find anything surprising? Maybe you’ve already seen everything it has to offer?! Wherever you are, I’d love to know!

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13 thoughts on “Travel at Home: Eaux-Vives Architecture

  1. Nancy Power

    Gorgeous grand buildings and great photos of them! You’ve made me want to go and photograph Nottingham (I live nearby), there are some amazing buildings here. Thank you!

  2. ryanburdick4400

    Your mantra is gorgeous, and I totally agree. I like to “exhaust” and area before I move on feeling like I’ve been in every shop, down every block, and say “hi” to people I recognize on every street corner.

    BTW, your photography is totally inspiring. Know your goal is accomplished. =v)

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks! That’s great to know you’re inspired by my photography 🙂 I feel the same way about roaming the streets, I like to walk down every alley to make sure I haven’t missed something! You never know what you’re going to find. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Tina Schell

    Ben, what a terrific post and a wonderful thought! I agree whole-heartedly! And how lucky are you to live I places like Geneva and London!! We have photographers from all over the country coming to Charleston yet I only take my camera with me once or twice a year. Shame on me!!!

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Tina! I am very blessed with my location that’s for sure. It definitely make travel at home a bit easier for me. Haha, I look forward to seeing some great shots of Charleston in the future then! 🙂

  4. Bernadette

    Hi Ben, lovely post. Its a great idea to explore your own town or city. I do it all the time, I never go into Dublin without my camera, and I usually spend one day a week or every two weeks actually behaving like a tourist, going to all the places tourists visit etc.When you start to think like a tourist, you see so much that you never noticed before. I even go on the occasional walking tour of the city with tourists. When my youngest son was younger, we used to have Cultural Wednesdays during the summer, when we went into the city every week, and I brought him everywhere I could think of, he really got to know the city,the museums, galleries, historic buildings, and he especially loved all the quirky stories I told him about places , people, and buildings in the history of Dublin. Too big to come anywhere with me now, but it was fun at the time!

    1. Ben Post author

      I like the sound of Cultural Wednesdays, what a great idea! I absolutely agree, being a tourist can be so much fun even if you’re at home. I might have to look for some walking tours in Geneva. Dublin must be a great city to explore too. I’ve visited once but fear I didn’t make the make the most of it!

      The next step I’m hoping to take is to spend a bit more time on my commute and bring my camera along. Fortunately I can walk to work, and I’m sure I’m missing many opportunities by not having it with me! Thanks for stopping by.


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