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GENEVA TRAVEL GUIDE
LANGUAGESOfficially Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh, but French dominates here.
WHAT TO EATFrench Swiss specialties: raclette, tartiflette (potatoes, bacon, onions and cheese), sausages, Papet Vaudois (leeks and potatoes), fish dishes and Swiss meringues for dessert.
WHAT TO BRING BACKSwiss watches (luxury watchmaking was born here), unique worldly or scientific souvenirs from the UN, the Red Cross or CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and, for checked-in bags only, an authentic Swiss Army knife straight from Victorinox, the brand that created it.
FUN FACTSwiss chocolate plays a unique role during the popular festival of L’Escalade, which celebrates the Protestant city’s victory against an invading Catholic army in 1602. A tall tale claims a woman helped by pouring hot soup on the soldiers! Celebrated every December 11, festivities include smashing a chocolate replica of a soup cauldron and yelling "ainsi périrent les ennemis de la République!" (thus perished the enemies of the Republic).
IMPORTANT INFOFor more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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