7 top things to do in Geneva, Switzerland
Combining cosmopolitan sophistication and natural beauty, Geneva, Switzerland, has an enchanting, resort-like quality that few places in the world can match. Nestled amid snow-capped mountains, this French-speaking city offers all the luxury and excitement of a compact European metropolis. To help make your Swiss adventure truly unforgettable, here are seven must-see attractions you won't want to miss.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
Geneva's long history of peace and humanitarianism is celebrated in this multi-media museum which first opened its doors almost three decades ago. Though the exhibits change frequently, visitors to the museum should spend time in the permanent collection titled “The Humanitarian Adventure." Divided into three sections, each exploring different themes of human dignity and compassion, this fascinating exhibit takes viewers from the founding of the Red Cross in 1863 to today's modern environmental humanitarian efforts around the world.
There's no better way to experience the region's gorgeous scenery then by taking a pleasure cruise on Lake Geneva. The largest body of water in Switzerland, Lake Geneva is bordered by several picturesque towns, including Nyon, Montreux, Morges, and Vevey. Passengers on a day cruise can stop at many of the quaint villages that wind their way along the shore. Guided tours and rental boats are available in most of the larger towns, making lake travel extremely convenient.
Rue du Rhône
This stretch of Geneva is a shopper's dream come true. Many of the city's most luxurious boutiques, including world-famous watchmakers, renowned jewelers, and master chocolatiers can be found here. Designers like Prada, Chanel, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton compete for your attention as you stroll along the Rhône River that winds gracefully through the heart of the city. As expected, prices are high, but that's part of the fun of window shopping while on vacation, isn't it?
Though technically located in France, this 4,500 foot mountain is widely referred to as the “Balcony of Geneva." Fans of great literature will recognize it as a memorable setting in Mary Shelly's classic novel “Frankenstein," but even non-readers will find a 2-hour hike up its woodsy trail a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. A restaurant greets climbers who make it to the top, yet it's the spectacular view from the peak that will leave you truly breathless.
St. Pierre Cathedral
Built between the years of 1160 and 1230, this gothic structure is arguably Geneva's most important historical landmark. A cathedral of enormous beauty, St. Pierre houses several artistic and religious masterpieces. Included among them are the intricately carved wooden choir stalls, the stained glass windows depicting St. Andrew, and an ornate chair belonging to the influential French theologian John Calvin. Visitors to the church can climb two spiral towers that offer a stunning 360° view of the surrounding city.
Geneva is a city with many flavors, and visitors are encouraged to sample them all. For a superb meal in one of the city's finest restaurants, reserve a table at Le Grand Quai Restaurant. Located in a historic 19th century hotel, this elegant eatery's menu is prepared with seasonally grown local produce. If you're looking for a modern Swiss restaurant specializing in French and Mediterranean cuisine, try Vertig'O, at the Hôtel de la Paix. Their elaborately designed dishes are as visually dazzling as they are delicious.
Shaken and stirred
Although Geneva is a city rich in antiquity, that doesn't mean it hasn't kept up with modern cocktail culture. For an intimate spot with a playful take on mixology, order a drink at L'Atelier Cocktail Club, a small neighborhood bar with surprisingly reasonable prices. Or if you're in the mood for a stylish speakeasy with a vintage 1920s flair, look no further than La Verre à Monique. Their passion fruit and rhubarb daiquiri is every bit as amazing as it sounds.
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Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.
Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.
In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.
"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."
As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.
Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.
Jessica's new role is effective immediately.
By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.
United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.
Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.
A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.
United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
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Fellow United team members –
Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.
Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.
Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.
Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."
Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.
To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.
Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.
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Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Here's a fun way to take your next video call….from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude. We're introducing United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams, video conferencing tools that many people are using to stay connected.
So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started. If you've already downloaded Zoom you can skip ahead to updating your background image (see instructions below).
To use on Zoom:
- Start here by downloading your favorite United image to your computer or mobile device. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
- Next go to your Zoom app (you'll need to download the app to access backgrounds) and click on the arrow to the right of your video camera icon in the bottom of the screen.
- From here select, "choose virtual background" to upload your uniquely United photo.
- Start by downloading your favorite United image to your computer. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
- If you're using a PC, copy the image you want to use into this folder:
- C:\[insert your device user name here]\AppData\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads
- If you're using a Mac copy the images to this folder on your computer:
- /users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds/Uploads
- If you're using a PC, copy the image you want to use into this folder:
- Once you start a Teams meeting, click the "…" in the menu bar and select "Show background effects" and your image should be there
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It all began when Jason reached out to United's social media team, hoping for assistance with his upcoming plan to propose. Some phone calls and one borrowed guitar later, the stage was set for Jason. Put all that together, mix in some helpful United employees and, voila, you have a truly memorable marriage proposal. Congratulations to this fun-loving and happy couple, and here's to many more years of making beautiful music together.
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