Ile Rousseau, Geneva
I walked down towards the lake but the first day didn’t cross the busy Pont du Mont-Blanc (pics 1-2), this one is always full of cars but also tourists that try to take pictures of Jet d’eau from a distance.
I decided to walk along pont des bergues, a boring non attractive bridge (pic3) yes, but it gives access to ile Rousseau, a small island in between the 2 bridges (pic 4), I guess the swans around will take some of your memory card but focus also on the statue (pic 5) of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), the famous genevan philosopher that influenced the French revolution. Just some photos of the statues here and I was ready to explore the Old Town of Geneva.
There are 7 bridges in total that connect the south and north bank of the river, at south you will visit the Old Town while the north bank is the modern part of the city. I walked on most of them (or we just drove through) later in the evening when we were looking for a concert venue
A medieval bastion sitting in the middle of the Rhone, now called Ile Rousseau, is reached by crossing the Pont de Bergues. It has a bird compound and a small restaurant located within it's area. In addition, and where the name comes from is a large statue of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78).
The writer and philospher was one of geneva's most distinguished citizens. he was the son of a clockmaker, and priased the city in his works, however his views caused some concern with the authorities and they burnt his books. In 1834, 56 years after his death, the statue was erected and reamins there today.
A little man-made island in the middle of the lake pays tribute to Jean Jacques Rousseau, the thinker. A bronze statue of the man occupies the centre of the ground connected by bridges/walkways.
Meanwhile, swans and water fowls wade around the lake to your amusement.
Rousseau island is a romantic spot and a perfect place to take a stroll.
Surrounded by walls at the end of the 16th century, it served as a bastion for the city. In 1628, it was transformed into a shipyard and carried the name "Island of the Boats".
It was only in 1832, with the construction of the Bergues bridge which was linked to the island by a footbridge, that it would take on the name of the great Genevan philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Transformed into a public garden, with a statue of this great man sculpted by the Genevan Pierre Pradier, a pavilion, now converted into a restaurant, was added in 1921.